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This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Walnut Canyon, Arizona Trail

14 runners headed south towards Fisher Point (including visitors Lauren, Jill and Eli). Both Bob and Eric went on exceptionally long runs joining the group at the trailhead. After several cold, wet days, the warm morning temperatures were a welcome change. Most runners went to the 4 mile overlook trail where David unsuccessfully searched for the brigadoon Sinagua pot sherd that we found 5 years ago. At the end of the run, we made our inaugural trip to the Flagstaff Coffee Company where Tim served us up some fine coffees. By noon, the patio filled with many locals enjoying an early beer on a warm, wind free spring day. As we walked away, David just couldn't help himself by making a bold prediction about more snow in store in the near future. Looking like another May with snow! No one cared to hear this information. Next week our scheduled Saturday runs will return to 8 AM until late fall.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I Heart Huckaby

11 runners and Skylar headed south for the last Sedona trail run of the year. When we arrived, the Huckaby parking lot was nearly full and there were as many hikers on the trail as there were runners. Huckaby, one of our shorter runs, is more challenging than most as it drops several hundred feet to Oak Creek. The return trip from the river is quite a climb and few can run it without stopping (of course the view is always a good excuse). At the end of the run we sat outside the coffee shops in West Sedona enjoying the warm April sun and nobody seemed to want to return to Flagstaff. Anyone who spoke of the impending return to winter next week was told to hush up. View photos from last year's Huckaby run.