Around Oakhurst and the Shadow of the Giants

We took it easy on Friday and went on a couple of short hikes.  On the way from Oakhurst to Yosemite, we always pass a trailhead called the Lewis Creek trail.  After buying bug spray, we decided to give it a shot.  The trail drops several hundred feet to a large waterfall and pool.  The water was a little too cold to swim, but Preston and Tracy did their best to get close to the waterfall.

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We hung out at the pool for an hour or so and then decided to drive to Nelder Grove. The grove is on the 50k course, but the 20k turns off before you get there so we thought it would be nice to visit. After a dusty ride up a long dirt road we finally got there. The grove is home to some of the giant Sequoias and Cedar trees. We walked through at a pace much slower than we normally do during the race and read all the posted information on the trees and the history of the area.

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On Saturday, we got to the start line a little past 6am to find the parking lot almost filled. We got a spot relatively close and went to check-in. The place was bustling and the race director, Baz, was his normal cheerful self. The day couldn’t have been any better weather. Low 60’s to start with nothing but a cloudless sky.

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Everybody had great times. Tracy was successful in finishing her first trailrace in almost two years. She ran the 20k in 2:12. Preston came in 12 minutes after her, beating his previous year’s time over 20 minutes. I finished an hour faster than last year, breaking my 50k personal record with a 5:43.

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