I always take it easy on the first day, because of the change in altitude - from about 2,500 in Tucson to 9,300 in Silverton. I feel like I'm out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs!
So we did about a 4 mile hike along a ridge above Silverton and it was just beautiful. Lots of aspen trees getting ready to change colors for the Fall, wildflowers galore, tall pines and beautiful views of the Silverton valley. Kenny says that the trail we hiked is one of the many that Kyle Skaggs (winner of Hardrock 100 this year) runs. I might think of running it, but not today.
I am truly blessed to get to experience things on a regular basis that some people never see in their lifetime. I feel really connected to God here. I'm looking forward to a fun week of hikes, trail runs, ATV trips, lying around and hanging out with Kenny, Dixie and Cracker. Doesn't get much better than this.