by Chris Troyano
Even while we runners take some vacation time from home, that usually does not mean no running, too. With the current health crisis, Maria & I decided to trek up to the Adirondacks in New York State to spend a week without quarantine conditions.
We stayed in a condo rental in North Creek, near Gore Mountain. About a mile away & part of this mountain is a Ski Bowl Trail, listed @ 2.3 kilometers, close to one & a half miles.
Maria found the Ski Bowl Trail via the internet when she searched for places to run. We ran on this trail just 5 times on three run days & we also ran on a nearby walking trail plus other areas near Gore Mountain for a total of just 13 miles. Ok, we also hiked maybe 4-5 miles on easy hiking trails on our non run days.
Ski Bowl presented some challenges. The first .37 mile was mostly a gradual uphill with the trail sometimes going across the mountain. Next, came a woods section with numerous ups & downs plus lots of above ground roots. There was a scenic overlook view of some distant mountains. I always carried a small pocket size camera in a carrying case to record photos of us, the scenery plus wildlife, such as a small snake. The final section of this trail was downhill, took us to a sandy road.
During our Ski Bowl Trail runs we did not see other runners nor any cyclists. In Maria’s car we kept Powerade & water bottles in a cooler that we could drink in between laps.
A new running course is always welcome by us, an opportunity for different sights & new challenges. We enjoy nature trails, especially with mountain/water views & find it fun to run in other states for a change of pace.
Have fun on your runs!