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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Back to the creek

This is a powerline that crosses the Keep Cool Creel trail before you get to the stranded footbridge. I just thought the sun on the wires was kind of cool.

Here's my breakfast guest. He's hanging around regularly and I'm pretty sure he's an immature one ... maybe a year.

The creek is not only going around the bridge but also going up the road where the creek is diverted.

I ran farther up the right fork today, so I'm calling it four.

I got a stress EKG on Thursday and go back on Monday for further testing (a little bit of blockage), and the doc said I should lay low through the weekend, so no more running until I get back on Tuesday.

4; 9.5; 46.5; 59.5
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Warmer; other direction

The Tall Man is back, saying howdy from Keep Cool Creek north of Lincoln. The weather is warming up so the creeks probably will go up, too (they've gone down a bit in thepast four or five days). According to TV news the crests should hit around Friday. I've been watching them very closely lately, so I should be able to see how accurate the TV folks are.

I went west again from the same parking area as yesterday (when I went east). Felt great.

This is a good view of the stranded footbridge over Keep Cool. No critters today

3.5; 5.5; 42.5; 55.5
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Other direction (east)

At the beginning of today's run (to the east on the snowmobile trail) is what must have been hunters' gut pile ... now a bone yard.

Nothing is smelly, so it's probably been there for more than a year. Anyway, I went a good two miles east, and it's uphill all that way. I took an altimeter reading at the turnaround spot and it was 5,040. Down where I parked was 4,640, so a 400-foot climb.

This is the turnaround spot at the powerline crossing, the high point of the route.

Beautiful day, and there were elk tracks around but no critters.

This is the road along the way. Wet spots were a little slippery and reminded me of conditions in early April of 2016 when I wrecked me knee. Interestingly a month and a ahalf later.

4; 4; 38; 52
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Another beauty

Repeated yesterday's trot on a gorgeous40-something day. The creek — and some of the flooded streams in the area — has receded a bit. A friend from Missoula says the Weather Service predicts the streams will rise again later this week as temps rise. There is still a lot of snow in the mountains around here.

The picture is of some cottonwood saplings on Keep Cool Creek (near the stranded footbridge), and their buds are redolent with the aroma that makes Missoula a delight in the spring. My old friend Hal always said: "If you could bottle that smell you'd make a million bucks.

No elk today. Felt pretty good.

3.5; 18.5; 34; 48
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Beautiful morning; elk

It is nice out today, and the floodwater is receding. My creek (at the house) is high and murky, but the Blackfoot and Keep Cool Creek both were down a tiny bit ... the levels were about the same, but the water was clarifying a bit.

If you look closely at the middle of the above photo, you'll see a remnant of a herd of elk. I counted no fewer than 50. Amazingly, my turnaround was maybe five minutes past the elk, and when I came back buy about 12 minutes later, they were nowhere to be seen.

My turnaround (the stranded footbridge in picture) was the usual at Keep Cool, and not far from the elk.

4; 15; 30.5; 44.5
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Friday, May 11, 2018


I ran later today, because it was cold and wet at the usual early time.

This was the southward view from Stemple Pass Road bridge over the Blackfoot. The water is gushing out of the Community River Park.

I ran toward Keep cool but turned around short of the stranded footbridge.

3; 11; 26.5; 40.5
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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Slight extension of yesterday

This is just on the way to my flooded turnaround. Note the snow-covered mountains in the distance — mountains just west of my usual Stonewall.

Today I took the right fork of the road/trail, then looped back past the flooded Keep Cool Creek. Felt good; nice day (high clouds, temps in the 40s).

Looks as if the Beck is having fun in Ireland ... nice pics from sculpture parks over there.

4; 8; 23.5; 37.5
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