I craved a long run, so headed out to one of our trails we haven't seen for a few weeks. Our destination was the "Flats" that sits covered in trees in the middle of the picture below. I'm not sure how long this route is, but we were out moving for a couple hours.Evidence of our winter storms covered the trails. Even the fireroad had become a technical run with rocks, debris, and crater footing overtaking the trail. After about a half mile on the fireroad, we headed North on a singletrack. Every time I run this trail I'm amazed at how I didn't remeber how steep this section was. I thought the same thing again today.
Soon the trail opend to another fireroad where we climbed into the eastern sun. It wasn't long before we made it to the flats and looked down on the city. This must me a stomping ground for local animals as Kona always goes on a sniffing rampage. I let her drag me around the trees, quickly shifting my gaze from my feet to the forest above me.
After a couple minutes of frenzied sniffing, I stopped to take in the view. (Of Kona's fenzied sniffing, not mine.) I was surprised to feel slack in Kona's leash. When I looked down, she gazed peacefully down the hillside. She didn't whine or insist on moving. I soaked up the moment.Our descent proved a bit harry, as it often does on steep terrain with a pulling Kona Dog. At one point on the trail, Kona crossed behind me from my left to my right side and ran right next to me with a slack leash. I have no idea what prompted her to run like that, but for the two or three minutes it lasted, I had a big grin on my face.
When we reached flat ground, we headed up the fireroad to cool off by the creek before we made our way back to the parking lot. Kona made several splashing entrances into the water.
Our trip back to the parking lot wasn't as successful as it was the last time we were there. Kona was too nervous to care about the treats I threw on the ground. She walked very slowly when we crossed onto the concrete. When we reached the car, she made one quick sideways dash, but when I told her to sit, she did. She took a couple treats before jumping into her crate.
Our finish wasn't perfect, but I think that overall both Kona and I had a good morning.