Let me take you along on one of my favorite summertime trail runs through the Payette National Forest. It’s early morning, nice and cool, the sun just rising above peaks and ridges to the east, filtering through the tree tops. With Conall leading the way, we’ll start at 5,900 feet, climbing upward for some four miles through sections of tall pine, fir and aspen trees interspersed with open meadows full of wildflowers, then climb across a scree field of granite boulders to the summit at 7,600 feet before winding our way back down along a more gentle single-track trail to the start. Our pace for these nine miles? Easy and slow, allowing time to stop frequently, taking in the stunning beauty all around, the peaceful quiet, the deep blue sky and clear air, the smell of wild roses and spicy phlox alongside the trail, and the visual delight of an amazing variety of wildflowers in the meadows.
I delight in exploring the national forest near my Idaho home on foot, whether trail running, hiking, or xc skiing, with my two dogs by my side, taking photos of nature and wildlife. An author and freelance writer, I love observing and writing about the natural world, and dogs, and am a long-time contributing editor at Bark magazine. I used to practice law for a living. I much prefer the writing life.
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