So for my first run of the new year, I pulled on the shoes and grabbed the headlamps. It was 8:00pm in the Pacific Northwest, so it was well past dark. One of the smaller headlamps, loosened up, works great as a "here-I-am" tool for Neo, so he got one around his neck. I held a second one in my hand, and we headed down to the local larger-sized Lincoln City Park.
Situated on the waterfront, with a wood covered bluff, Lincoln creates a perfect 3-mile loop if you park just a few blocks away at neighboring Loughman Park. A brief 5-minute warm up on pavement into the park set us up for the run up the bluff's dirt trail, a steep series of stairs and switch backs, and then we followed a series of unmaintained "use trails" that link grassy glades through knee-high dense brush. The entire world slipped by as our attention focused on the trail in view of the headlamp's glow. Back onto pavement to follow a ramp back down to the waterfront, then turned to the right, to follow the waves back home.
|There's a dog here! I know it!|
Statistics: Loughman-Lincoln Park clockwise loop. 3 miles, 150' elevation gained and lost.