“Running is what people do in the Olympics” was how Nate compared what we were doing to the real thing. He continued, “Or, what a thief does when pursued by the cops.” We were not running the Alice-Toxaway loop in the Sawtooth mountains of Idaho. That said, with only three breaks (granola-bar,summit, and a swim) we were able to finish the 18 mile loop in 4:20.
The trails were busy with overnight hikers. We passed at least a half dozen groups of four or more. What was a bit interesting was that more than half of these groups were people over the age of 50 and only 2 were families with younger children. It seemed to me that the sample we got yesterday was a good reflection on today’s backcountry users–aging hippies staying fit on the trail whose x-generation’s offspring grandchildren are absorbed in computers, games, and social media!