A 'Five-to-Nine' Adventure.

Sometimes, the office beckons. We have to work during the day, when all we want to do - is escape outdoors!  

No worries; Do some Five-to-Nine adventures. It's amazing how a few hours can charge the mental and physical batteries. 

Some tips: 

  • Plan  beforehand and be creative. If you have three hours on a trail, you can go miles and miles, before sundown and maybe a few afterwards. You can paddle a kayak out of sight of the dock or ride right from urban to rural. There's time for a picnic, for a nap, for photos for writing or relaxing.  
  • Pack clothes and snacks the night before (or wear your outdoor gear to work).
  • Be rolling by five; in the car or on the bike, train, bus. 
  • Feet on the trail (or butt in boat) by six. 
  • Take a flashlight. 
  • Make it a habit. 

Last night, my five-to-nine adventure headed to Columbia Gorge. I was on the road at five, running by six and 2500 feet above the mighty Columbia, before dusk. I had trails to myself and the most beautiful sunset filtering through tall trees. It felt good to be running, wild, through the forest; just sweat, breath and the feel of feet on the soft trail. It's beautiful up there. Now with some toned muscles and clear head - Friday is off to a good start and I'm already planning next Thursday's five to nine session. 

From yesterday, here is my running map and a few pics:

Wahkeena Falls Trail, OR

Wahkeena Falls Trail, OR

Columbia RIver

Columbia RIver

Devils Rest Trail

Devils Rest Trail

don't you want to be there now?

don't you want to be there now?