I had Friday off work, and since it was such a beautiful day,decided to do my long run/walk of the week in Forest Park. For those of you who haven't been introduced to the Park yet, Forest Park is located within the city of Portland Oregon. It runs for over 30 miles from the Oregon Zoo to the far wilderness Northwest following the hillside ridges above the city's west side.
My apologies in advance for the blur to many of my photos. I ran many of the uphills, and bringing my heart rate down to take a photo was not an option if I wanted to finish this run/hike in decent time.
Spring has officially arrived in Portland, the Trillium are up and blanket much of the trailside!
And now I'll allow the trail to speak for itself. I ran an out and back from Lower Macleay park in Northwest Portland, heading north on the trail.
Where I came from.
one of many bridges that cross creeks along the trail.
And below a series of photos of ferns growing on the moss on the side of a Douglas Fir.
Where I turned around
The hill I had to slog back up after the turn around.
I came from down there.
one of the 1/4 mile markers, thank you Portland Parks department for repainting the diamonds!
Another hill to be run up!
And one to be run down.
I didn't see a single slug along the trail this outing, which has never happened before...so...in keeping with the Pacific NW attitude, here's a photo from last year. I MUST share our slugs with all in the rest of the country who don't have the joy of dealing with them on a pretty much daily basis.
I know, I know, I have an evil streak, don't I?
For any who have read Wildwood by Colin Meloy (lead singer of the Decemberists), I picture this as being the entrance to the Coyote's Den. Colin lives quite near the Wildwood Trail, and has probably spent more time on it than I.
And then...the drive home...