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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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So I've posted probably 25 pictures in the past seven or eight months of Stonewall Mountain, the peak topped by a lookout that dominates the northern horizon from this valley near the Continental Divide. Today, I post a picture taken from the same vantage point as several of those earlier pictures — on a high point on state land south of the Blackfoot River, looking north — and it is so smoky out that you can't even see the mountain.
Similarly, and from the same spot, this is the view looking west into what's known here as "the canyon," a place where the Blackfoot and Highway 200 are jammed together in a narrow passage for five miles or so west of Lincoln. Here, the canyon isn't even visible.
I debated whether running in this muck was prudent, but it doesn't seem to bother me. I'll stay sensitive to how it's affecting my lungs.
Aside from the smoke, it's a nice day, expected to reach well into the 80s. Was about 55 when I ran on my "usual" route to the river from a parking spot on Herrin Lakes Road.
The only new development since Swi and I ran in the same spot last Tuesday is that someone has been in tying blue ribbons on trees and spray painting strips and codes on trees. I assume it has to do with plans for logging, but the things that are marked are not logging-worthy. Will be interesting to see what develops.
Saw no elk, hawks or cranes but did see a pretty whitetail. Felt surprisingly good considering the long runs of the previous two days. All the visitors are gone now so I can get back to some semblance of normal behavior here. We ate well and laughed unendingly.
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