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A much-needed climb

I looked at the weather this morning and saw it was 22 degrees. Below freezing again, and no chance of precipitation until the afternoon. I decided I liked the odds that all the mud at Japanese Gulch would be frozen enough to be a non-issue, and headed out. Ice is a problem some places, like down the street from us, where areas with poor drainage keep freezing and refreezing, but I'm not particularly worried about ice in the gulch.



I was right! Most of the center path heading up looked like this.

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Very nice. Mud that crunches when you walk is so much better than mud that squishes. There were a couple of wet muddy spots, but nothing major. Apparently I stepped in one and didn't even notice.

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That dried and wiped off easily when I got home. No big deal. My back was hurting a little bit, so I wasn't looking for a big long route. I just wanted a good climb, which is what the waterfront walks really lack. I decided to go all the way up and curve onto that one service road, and head back. I checked several side trails and decided they just weren't worth it. The creek was flowing heavily with icy water, and I figured anything really steep might be pretty slick if it was covered in frozen leaves. So out and back was nice.

Today's awesome walk, 3.4 miles in 1:09, 7,319 steps, 399ft gain
3.4 miles in 1:09, 7,319 steps, 399ft gain

The timing was good. It takes a while for the sun to get into the middle because the sides are so high. I didn't want to be around when everything started melting, so it was good that it wasn't really even close yet when I was on the access road.

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That minor back pain was my body politely asking for some yoga. I should definitely oblige tomorrow.

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