Red eye home means I'm discombobulated today. Took a 5.5 hour nap after we finally made it home (flew into Newark; visited with Stevie and Owen for a bit; traffic on I-78 in PA) and still am not feeling rested. Briefly considered a walk after dinner but decided to just veg instead.
Today's activity was to get to Hood River from Boise, which we did. Along the way I managed to spot three bighorn sheep (one with very large horns) along the basalt cliffs and walls as we started entering the Columbia River Gorge.
Other interesting wildlife seen this weekend include numerous bald eagles and osprey, plus pronghorn antelope (in fields near Stanley ID). At one point when we were driving along a road Glen yelled "deer!" to make me slow down (I hadn't seen it yet), which actually turned out to be a pronghorn (corrected from elk, which we didn't see). One mountain bluebird, several Stellars jays and magpies, and white Pelicans were among the unusual birds. Oh, and three owls(!) at dusk, at our motel on the east side of Boise Thursday evening....made a screeching noise so maybe screech owls?? Didn't look like great horned owls,
Here in Hood River, we strolled from our motel to the museum (which was closed) and back, crossing the Hood River on a footbridge. Saw maybe a dozen or so windsurfers and/or parasailers on the Columbia taking advantage of the stiff west wind.
Walking warm up/down 18:30 1.61 km (11:30 / km) +24m10:42 / km ahr:108 max:117 shoes: 2017 Inov8 ArcticClaw 300
Flatter part of the walk to start, from parking to the finish area. I should have jogged to make my start time but I couldn't move any faster.
Walking3:11 0.13 km (24:41 / km) +30m11:25 / km ahr:141 max:149 shoes: 2017 Inov8 ArcticClaw 300
The part of the walk to start from finish area to the start line. I was a bit late and missed my start time but they scheduled me for 10 minutes later which gave me a nice rest.
Orienteering race 1:06:31**** 3.48 km (19:08 / km) +79m17:12 / km ahr:128 max:149 spiked:8/13c shoes: 2017 Inov8 ArcticClaw 300
Whoa, was I tired. Made mistakes left and right in the kind of terrain I usually love (as far as detail)....except for all the deadfall to step over or around. Despite the 1:7500 map (like yesterday), I sometimes couldn't judge up from down, which bit me particularly hard from 4-5, where I managed to relocate only after stumbling on my #2.
Dutch Lake map, nominally 2.3km, 70m climb on a 1:7500 2.5m contour map. Sunny and probably about 60 or so when we started racing.
Mistakes to 2, 4, 5, 7, 11. A humbling day after two good navigation days for the sprint and long. About 20 minutes or so behind the top women on the course.
Still, as the only F60 competitor I swept the races and took home the gold medals and prize (a ceramic magnet that says Gold Rush [what they call the national events they host] 2017 and Play OutsIDe with the ID inside an outline of the state). Nice memento.
We took a different scenic route back to Boise via Ketchum, which took us down along the Sawtooth Range and near the source of the Salmon River which runs N past Stanley and then west, south to Riggins, and then west again to empty into the Snake (which flows into the Columbia and ultimately the Pacific Ocean). The pass we needed to cross after leaving the Salmon Rv behind was at ~8700', the highest elevation we've been at on this trip (not counting the plane rides).