I headed up to a trail that starts at the Natural History Museum. I remembered my friend took me on a hike before I started running trails that went up above Red Butte instead of in front like Shoreline. I haven't been on the trail since and wanted to check it out. (After the run I texted my friend and found out it's called Skyline Trail.)
The trail started with a couple switchbacks and then a straight incline right along the southern fence of the garden. I decided that I didn't care how much I ran vs walked, I was just out enjoying myself. I was feeling pretty glad about that resolution when I hit that hill! (Have I mentioned I HATE hills!)
Can you see my little friend?
I back tracked all the way back till the trail forked. Right: back to my car. Left: more trail and adventure. I had plenty of time, so left it was.
I got less than a quarter in and noticed the strangest looking old bicycle tire laying in the trail... Only it wasn't an old tire at all... Hello Mr. rattlesnake!
It was the first one I've ever seen and I'm pretty sure I've never turned and run that fast.
So needless to say, no pic of that guy. Sorry folks...
I took my TWO visitors as a sign that maybe 2 miles was enough for me today and ran back to my car.
Maybe next time I want an adventure/zen run I should be a bit more specific; tad bit less adventure, more zen.