Sunday night my brother Matt talked a group of us into waking up really early the next morning and hiking or running the Elkhorn Crest Trail. He does it at least once per year, and told us it was no big deal to run the ten (or more) miles! I knew that wasn't true for me, but I was up for a hike! Kami and I both have bad knees and can't run too much on them, so we were good hiking companions. Caden, Matt and Eli ran ALL THE WAY!!!
At the trail head, ready to take off:
Once we got going, I didn't think it was insane at all. It was beautiful watching the dawn happen from on top of the world:
purple mountains majesty as far as I could see:
On this hike you can look down at Sumpter on your left and Baker City on your right. The sun was just rising over Baker Valley:
Kami looking down on Twin Lakes in the distance:
And getting incredibly close to a mountain goat:
Kami and I turned around early because we were worried about the runners having to wait for us, which would happen if we walked too far and they passed us going back. We got back to the pickup and took a short nap...
It wasn't long before Matt came running in, followed a short time later by Eli and Caden. I got a picture of Cade:)