Saturday morning was the Third Annual Afton Fat Ass. As I explained in an earlier post, a 'fat ass' run in ultra lingo is a run that is low key, not certified or timed; just fun with friends.
Saturday's run/hike was all of that.
There were roughly 15 of us participating in the morning romp through the woods. About an inch of snow had fallen through the night; making the trail very slippery. The snow was covering a thick layer of oak leaves.
Now, Scott didn't lead us along the 'regular' Afton State Park trails that the 'normal' people would use. Oh, no, no, no; Scott led us on the DEER TRAILS. For real. They are the trails that the deer use. The trails go up and down the deep deep ravines, through the creek crossings, you feel like a billy goat hanging on the side of a cliff. It was crazy fun!
Scott was the leader and we all followed him. He even set up two aid stations for us. He had a cooler with grapes, cheese, chocolate and sparkling pear juice for those of us who don't drink alcohol, and champagne for those that do! Yes, Champagne at the aid stations! He had two of these set up for us. Incredible!
We were out traipsing through the woods for 3:45 hours. It was fabulous. I think we covered 10 miles. Seriously! Crazy, hu?
After the run we changed and became cozy in the visitor center. There were different soups, chili, breads, fruit, veggies, sweets, etc. It was wonderful. We just visited and had a good time.
As we were sitting near the fire, with plates of food on our laps, guess what we saw? 9 deer, coming up out of the woods, on the deer trail that we had just run upon! Way Cool.
We had a card for Ann and an amazing amount of donations were received. I brought over $1000 to Ann on Sunday morning. What a great group of friends!