Jul 27, 2017

Race Report: The Dirty Dash


While we are in Oregon this summer, I wanted to do at least one race in the Pacific Northwest. It was awfully convenient that there was a race, on a weekend we would be in town, and that it was in the exact city we were staying in. The best part about this race, is that it is a mud run, which is our favorite race to run together. So my husband and I registered to run the Dirty Dash 5K.

The Dirty Dash Pig Arch
We've done our fair share of mud races before, and have always had a good experience. The Dirty Dash was no different. It was a smaller field than the Warrior Dash, but it was just as much fun! The obstacles were definitely doable I only had trouble on one that required you to climb over five walls in a row, and that's just because I'm short and I can't jump high. There were a number of inflatable ones that were like being in a giant adult-sized bouncy house. Our favorite obstacle was an inflatable slip 'n slide that went down a slight hill. We were twisting and turning our way down that slide right into the mud below us. And, boy was there mud! We got down and dirty in three separate mud pits--one even had mud cannons that shot even more mud at the racers.


I was spinning down this whole slide. It was a blast!

Finish line victory shot!
The Dirty Dash had a great DJ that really engaged the crowds at the starting corrals. It also had plenty of photo opportunities with back drops and goofy signs all about. The showers (really they were just hoses) worked as well as could be expected for a race like this. And there were dressing tents for those who wished to change. We just rinsed off and drove home still somewhat dirty.

These medals were awesome! And we definitely played dirty today.
 


As for race swag, we got temporary tattoos, comfy race shirts, and some of the coolest medals I've seen! They're rubber medals shaped like tires, and I love them! It's my first rubber medal. At the starting line, they had a prize cannon shooting off pig noses into the crowd.

Sporting our race swag. My medal still had mud on it from the race.

I loved this race so much that I want to run the Dirty Dash happening in Utah in the fall. It was such a good time, and it was also great for families as they offered a Piglet Plunge for the kids who wanted to get dirty as well.

My race outfit is Skirt Sports' Take 5 Tank (my favorite) with Redemption Knicks.

Jul 24, 2017

Hiking the Trail of Ten Falls


Oregon is beautiful. It's so different from the deserts of New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. The most obvious difference is that western Oregon is covered with thickly forested mountains. I love trees, so this is like an outdoor paradise to me. I want to be outside as much as possible here to enjoy all the green while I can, so my husband and I went hiking on a rainy day to Silver Falls State Park to explore the Trail of Ten Falls. True to its name, we found plenty of waterfalls and were covered under a forested canopy the whole time. It was paradisaical.

The official Trail of Ten Falls sign. We got a little lost driving in, so this was our first clear marker that we were where we wanted to be.
We started from South Falls and worked our way north and back to where we parked. We took a lot of these pictures for our daughter, so there is a little plush Sasquatch hiding in some of the pictures. Just consider this your virtual tour along the Trail of Ten Falls with the Washburns.

#1: South Falls

 
It was rainy, so we bought plastic ponchos for our hike.

The trail went behind South Falls, which is a waterfall view I hadn't before experienced.
The trail went over the river, where we were able to see this gorgeous view.

#2: Lower South Falls

Everything was so green! Quite a change from the high plains of Texas
 



We got to hike behind this one too! It was like looking through a curtain of water.

#3: Middle North Falls

 

#4: Lower North Falls

#5: Double Falls




You can see better in this picture why this waterfall is called Double Falls. There's an upper falls feeding into the much longer lower falls.

#6: Drake Falls


#7: Twin Falls

This waterfall is split down the middle, hence the name twin falls.
 


#8: North Falls



North Falls is the other popular waterfall in the park, and it's clear to see why. It's a magnificent waterfall, and the trail goes behind the fall through a cave with benches. You can sit back and enjoy the sound of the power of the waterfall.
 


Behind the waterfall
 

 #9: Upper North Falls

This little waterfall was a quarter mile off the trail. We were the only ones out here when we visited. It was so peaceful in this area, and yet again so green. I'm loving all the green here in Oregon!
 



#10: Winter Falls


The last of the ten waterfalls, Winter Falls. This waterfall was pretty high. We had to hike down quite a decline (and then back up to get back to the loop) to reach this waterfall.

Bonus Falls and Views from the Trail:

We found this little bonus waterfall! It was a nice surprise on the trail.
 

The view of the river was gorgeous, and the trail follows alongside it for a while.
 

This is how most of the trail looked. Green with trees everywhere.
 


We hiked about 8.5 miles this trip in the rain, and it was well worth the effort to see all these magnificent waterfalls. My husband and I also enjoyed Oregon's light rain, in comparison to Texas' giant thunderstorm horizontal raindrops. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend this hike. When else do you get to see ten magnificent waterfalls on the same trail?