To me, Labor Day always feels like the last hurrah of summer. It's a teaser for students who've returned to school but then get a three-day weekend to remind them of their summer vacation. For some, it's an opportunity to get out of town and recreate one last time before hunkering down for fall and winter. If the traffic on Highway 55 this morning was any sort of clue, McCall seems to be the getaway of choice for Treasure Valley residents (Warning to road-trippers: Horseshoe Bend Hill is covered with chip-seal, making for slow speeds and potential for windshield damage. Drive carefully.)
However, in an interesting plot twist by Mother Nature, the forecast high temperatures in McCall for Sunday and Monday are only in the mid-to-low 50s, and it just might freeze overnight. Perhaps it's time to winterize the boat already and forgo that last water-ski on Payette Lake this weekend, after all.
Even if it's too cold to enjoy being on the lake, it's perfect weather for enjoying a trip around the lake on foot. Enter the annual Payette Lake Run. On Sunday, Sept. 5, runners can choose from a 5K race, an 8.6 mile race or a 30K race which circumnavigates Payete Lake in its entirety. Sponsored in part by Shu's Idaho Running Company and the City of Trees Racing Association, runners can expect beautiful courses and well-supported aid stations. It's not too late to sign up at Blue Circle Sports event registration.
Personally, I can't think of a better way to get in one of my last long runs before the Portland Marathon in October.