Iron Man—My version (Iron Creek Trail)

P1010458I haven’t done an Iron Man Race, and don’t plan on ever doing one…and this is why!  I’ve got my own IRON MAN I do…the Iron Creek Trail in the Sawtooth Mountains outside of Stanley, Idaho (hey, it’s got IRON in the name—so it counts).

We hiked it last year, and I fell in love!  I’d even go so far to say it’s my favorite hike ever (not counting Angel’s Landing in Zion).  This trail held my interest from start to finish!

We hiked this trail as far as Sawtooth Lake.  That was long enough for one day (4-5 miles one way, and I didn’t think any view would top Sawtooth Lake…so why bother?).  I knew going back down the trail, my feet would probably feel it, so I didn’t want to add extra miles.

This wins for awesome hikes because of the spectacular scenery–from pine forests to meadows to rugged mountains… Continue reading

Be Progressive

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Sawtooth Lake--Iron Creek Trail, Idaho

I love hiking.  Once when I was a teen—with a young amazing body that could hike circles around this older body of mine—I got ahead of my dad and sister and was blazing the trail.  At first it was steep and rocky, but soon the path widened and became smoother and easier.  I was loving life.

Until I heard calls from my family and looked about to see where they were.  To my surprise, they were half way up the steep ridge behind me.  I didn’t understand, and looked at them in bewilderment.  They hadn’t passed me.  I was in the lead.  So how in the world were they above me on the trail? Continue reading