February 25th, 2012

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[links] Link salad takes the day off

I'm up in the Santa Rosita hills in Colorado with very limited bandwidth over a slow and erratic satellite connection. Very difficult to load my daily link prowl. Link salad will be back tomorrow or Monday on my return to Portland.




2/25/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 55 minute rural hike at high elevation
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

jay-cranky_old_man

[personal] Further proof that I am an idiot

My aunt's cabin, where [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) and I are staying, is at about 9,500 feet of altitude in the Santa Rosita hills south and east of Westcliffe, CO. I live about 200 feet above sea level in Portland, OR. So what did I do my first morning here?

I walked the 2.5 miles of extremely rural Keepsake Loop, with about 400 feet of elevation change. In the 20 degree morning air.

It took me 55 minutes to handle the hike, starting at the high point, walking downhill for the first half, then uphill the second half. I had to stop four times to regain my breath on the climb back to the cabin. By the time I returned, I was utterly wrung out, soaked with sweat, and chilled.

But it sure felt good.

We're off to Monarch Pass in a bit.