On Saturday morning, I went for my run in my parents' neighborhood. They live on the opposite side of the valley from where I live, right at the "mouth" of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Running there gave me the opportunity to tackle some hills, and even some trails. After a difficult uphill run, I started back down the canyon. A car passed me, which wasn't abnormal, except that on the top were strapped 2 mountain bikes and 2 snowboards. Apparently the occupants of the car were headed to the mountains, uncertain about the activity they would be undertaking. That is one of the things I love about living in Utah - the limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation. At any givine moment, there are about 6 different world-class recreational opportunities within a few minutes drive from my house. Right now, there is still 100 inches of snow mid-mountain at Snowbird. In fact, they were still open on Father's Day for skiing and snow boarding. But while I love skiing, that isn't the activity that was luring me this weekend - I wanted to be on my bike.
So, Ben, my brother, and I strapped our bikes to the car and headed for the Pipeline Trail, argubaly the most popular mountain biking trail in the valley. Its a wonderful single-track ride along the edge of the hill. There are lots of places where the trail runs under the tree canopy, and other areas with amazing views, where the trail runs along the edge of the mountain.
My only complaint of the day is that the trail was too short.
It was the perfect afternoon.