This blog going forward

I’ve had this website/domain/blog for a couple years now and I really don’t know what it’s for.

I don’t post consistently enough to really call it a blog. I don’t post long enough articles for it to be all that informative. I don’t post photos in an easy to digest way most of the time. So whatever I’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked. I’m going to be reworking this website and setting out a few new criteria for it.

The first thing I’ll be trying to do is simply posting more often. I’ll be doing a “Weekly Review” every Sunday or Monday. These reviews will be about my runs, long hikes, adventures in general. The content of these reviews will be a lot of numbers, progress, how I felt during some sections of each run, etc. These are partly to inform others and somewhat so I can go back to review for myself.

Next I’ll be posting more photos and hopefully in an easier to view way. I’m looking through gallery plugins right now so I can find something that’s easy for me to use and easy for y’all as well. The issue in the past is that a lot of plugins I’ve used haven’t integrated very well. They’re clunky and don’t fit into the site. I’m going to fix this.

Along with more photos will be more content about what I’m doing in general. I’ve been cooking and baking quite a lot again lately so there will be photos of that. Possibly recipes but don’t count on those. I’m really bad about recording my recipes because I don’t often follow them all that well.

Things I won’t be posting about are personal such as work or relationships.

Don’t ever expect to see advertisements on this site unless someone decides to sponsor me. Even then it would be a very small not obtrusive ad somewhere on the sidebar or footer of the site.

For everyone that’s been coming to the site regularly, all like 10 of you, thank you! I appreciate it and I’ll be working to make visiting this site more enjoyable and hopefully educational for everyone.

Stay tuned! For now here’s a picture of some bread I made last night.

Rogue River Trail

So I’ve been living in Beaverton with my friend and her boyfriend. I’m lucky enough to have her as a pal. I found a job with Oracle doing some decent work and it will allow me to take running vacations. I start on the 23rd, 11 days away.

So next up is the Rogue River Trail. I’ll be using a few of my tax refund dollars to fund this trip; outside of fuel, it shouldn’t be expensive. Food is cheap and I already have the backpack I’ll be using.

So what is the Rogue River trail like? It’s a 40-mile trail that follows the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. The forest service offers a nice little guide, available here. Below is an image of just the trail map that I pulled out of the PDF guide. Also here is the Oregonhikers.org page.

Why is the Rogue River Trail special? It’s a trail that offers incredible riverside views along with minimal elevation gain. That means I can run all 40 miles of it relatively easily with Chard. If I depart early in the morning then time shouldn’t really be an issue. I have a variety of camping options if need be. Depending on the weather swimming is an option just about anywhere.

 

Wildwood Done

Fun time. I had almost no issues, just some mild lower calf cramping. That’s to be expected though. I found a bit of boost at the end which was nice. Chard was Chard which means he had tons of energy left at the end.

I still have the Rogue River Trail to do. I think I’ll be adding the Timberline Trail that goes around Mt. Hood. There are a lot of different routes available for that one.