(Joe's first NATRA run and he's thinking what am I getting myself into!)
I always get excited for the end of August as this is when I usually post the Kendrick Mountain run. The trail's nearly 3000 foot ascent and 8.5 to 9 mile round trip usually seems daunting, especially after its first oxygen deprived uphill two miles. However, after those first two humbling miles a break is reached at the saddle at the base of the switch backs.
(One of the many wildflower filled meadows brought to you by the Pumpkin Fire!)
(The fog rolled in)
(Last week the Kaibab gang had a much anticipated reunion when Larry and Teri visited from Tallahassee, Florida)
Now as an archeologist for the Kaibab, it is part of my job to make sure these places are kept in a stable condition for the public to enjoy. Kendrick Cabin is certainly one of the most difficult to access at more than 10000 feet above sea level! The log book was filled with many recent happy visitors and bear sightings and on this northwest like morning. On the run, we encountered about 30 hikers and several runners probably training for Imogene Pass!
(welcome to our house)
For the past few years I have gotten side tracked collecting mushrooms below and had not made it up to monitor the cabin. As most of my favorite edible mushrooms were past their prime and maggot filled, I concentrated on pushing my way to the cabin. I was thrilled to see that the broken window pane 5 years ago had been fixed. I did notice a hole in the roof that we need to get fixed up before the snows start falling in the next month.
(Inside of the 1911 cabin - not much has changed)
As we reached the top, Christina Bauer appeared running out of the fog behind the cabin. In less than two weeks, Christina is running the Wasatch 100 miler, her first 100 ever. She had made the epic clockwise Kendrick Mountain loop, leaving from the trailhead, running to the Pumpkin Trail and then connecting to the Bull Basin Trail, thus explaining her mysterious appearance out of the fog!
(Neil surprised to see Christina)
(Sasquatch sighting..kind of)
(For all you relocated east coasters here is Flagstaff's native lobster)