We were at The Mountain Institute's Spruce Knob Mountain Center, where I've spent a whole lotta very happy time. The Mountain Center is several miles from a paved road and is in one of the last dark spots left on the eastern seaboard. There's a dirt road a mile long that connects the "main" dirt road of the mountain with the main part of The Mountain Institute. It's a route I've run many times. I even acquired my first running scar on this run, waaaay back in 1998. This weekend I ran it out and back twice, for four miles. It's a run I carry with me every single day.
Here's the view just as I was starting out.
At the top of that little hill you're greeted by this splendor.
Here's my buddy Evan running ahead a bit, about a third of a mile in.
We ran a mile down the road then turned around and headed back. This picture makes me so happy I could almost cry.
When you crest the last hill of the run, you can see the yurts from a distance. Yep, I said yurts. These are the main buildings at The Mountain Institute. Because it's that insanely cool.
Then I got to turn around and run it all again. Best.run.ever. I absolutely love this place!