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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!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Eat My Aspen Dust

Ten NATRA runners and Baxter set out on the Arizona Trail at 9000 feet with a strong tail wind pushing them towards Bismarck Lake. As most of the aspen leaves had fallen, the trail through many of the groves was well padded with pulverized aspen dust. We enjoyed views of the Grand Canyon now that the Hart Prairie Meadow Restoration project has helped open up the grand views. After battling the chilly winds on the return trip, all warmed up at the Kickstand. Bring on winter! Next week Arizona Trail off Old Walnut Canyon Road. We will choose which way to run depending on the winds....bring on the snow!

Early morning light.

 Though some saw the Heart Prairie Meadow Restoration as a clear cut, that was not the case. As a result of historic overgrazing and fire suppression, trees encroached upon Hart Prairie, with devastating effects to water sources and the rare Bebb's Willows growing in the Prairie. See the above historic photo for the striking evidence.

The cutting has also created dramatic views from the trail and heading north, you get a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon.

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