When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tahoe Dream Vacation
- Checking out the first few miles of Tahoe Rim Trail 100 and being in awe at how beautiful Nevada side of Tahoe is
- Finding a campsite completely randomly, just because it was cheap – and realizing that it was the best campground one can wish for, right above the Emerald bay, very secluded, not crowded, and with a trailhead to boot
- Hiking in backcountry/Desolation Wilderness for days, over 10 miles each time, with more than 4,000 feet of climb, and views that take your breath away - that, and the altitude:)
- Trails disappearing soon after hitting the snow, and route finding with no maps (a picture of the map from the trailhead that Larry would take each time we start) – we have such different approach to it, but as a team it worked wonders: Larry would stare at the camera view and count turns/elevation lines, while I would just scout around left and right until we both hit the direction we need to go, usually simultaneously
- Seeing Larry smiling so much, he was like a kid in a candy store the whole time.
- Feeling mountains filling us up with energy and excitement
- Running downhill for miles, and miles, and miles…and enjoying the freedom of it
- Wild flowers at full bloom!
- Frozen lakes up high the color of aqua blue, our favorite color
- Getting burnt by the sun at altitude and loving it!
- Climbing Mount Tallac at 9,735 and meeting a 72 year old man Bent, who does this kind of hiking every weekend – I want to be like him when I grow up! Having pet-like marmots and chipmunks at the top trying to steal my bottle and pack and take it away into fissures of the mountain
- Seeing a huge freakin’ bear – make it TWO – up close and personal. One wandered into the campground and tried to pick open containers for food storage. Another roamed free in the Manzanita of Granite Chief Wilderness. That’s enough wild life for me for a year!
- Stumbling upon a neat little motel to stay for a couple of nights and enjoying North Tahoe city
- Checking out first 5 miles of WS100 course and getting to run with Andy JW and his son Logan downhill – I can now officially say I passed AJW!
- Meeting oh, so many friends at the pre-race meeting at Squaw Valley – this race is special no matter what you think about it. There are others that are as beautiful or more, as difficult or more, almost as old…but this is the only one that has a history of the beginning of this insane sport, the hype (yes, it’s good to have one race with hype), and the amazing competition!
- Seeing Chris Thornley drag a gong up the Escarpment to greet runners on the morning of the race, as they reached the pass and the sun rose over horizon…
- Watching up close and personal from many points on the course the spectacular battle of Killian Jornet, Tony Krupicka and Geoff Roes for 80 miles straight – never such a close race for so long
- Hanging out with Katherine, Rock Horton’s “better half”, most of the day and hearing stories from old times, new times and no times
- Cheering up every friend, old and new, being so inspired seeing them work hard and overcome obstacles, on the trails and at the aid stations
- Being at the finish line to see the WS100 course record being broken – not once, but twice!
- Getting nervous hearing about Meghan’s progress as she slowly gained on Tracy’s splits in the last 20 miles, and being there as this incredible woman runs 15 minutes after the winner into the finishing chute!
- Seeing Meredith T. break 24 with 4 minutes to spare – that’s drama to you! – after DNF’ing twice at Western. A dream come true!
- Being very sad as we had to leave…back home…I never liked leaving mountains, views, dry air and friends…but life goes on. And memory will be forever in our hearts.