5/14/2018: Pandapas Pond, Jefferson National Forest (10 miles)

From my front door, one mile up Brush Mountain Rd. through my neighborhood before turning onto Forest Service Road P188-2 (which become Horse Nettle Trail), down Snake Root Trail to Poverty Creek Trail (passing by where we ended our family hike the day before), around the pond and back up the other side of Horse Nettle to the forest service road and then to Brush Mountain Rd. and home.  Saw a bear climbing up a tree off of Snake Root Trail.


Mother’s Day hike the day before (5/13/2018), just off Poverty Creek Trail on my usual 10-mile running loop.

6/10/2017: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (70.5 miles)

Seventy miles on the rugged Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail during the 70.5-mile Laurel Highlands Ultra Race.  Beginning in Ohiopyle, PA, the point-to-point race covers the entire trail, ending in Seward, PA (near Johnstown).  With a lingering upper respiratory infection, happy to finish at all (and it took 17 hours and 34 minutes to do so).  Saw a porcupine.


Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, PA.

10/29/2016: Pandapas Pond, Jefferson National Forest

“Brush Mountain Breakdown” 7-mile race on the Poverty Creek Trail System in Pandapas Pond Day Use Area, Jefferson National Forest (the course was closer to 6.5 miles). This is more or less my backyard, and the course covered one of the exact routes that I run regularly: From the upper parking lot, Horse Nettle to Snake Root to Poverty Creek, back to the parking lot (56 minutes, third place).