Tuesday, June 25, 2013


A few years ago I bought hiking shoes. They were hard and unforgiving but did work great on rocky surfaces. I used them on a trip to Australia and New Zealand where I hiked up to the melting glacier beside Mount Cook. And yes those hikers were heavy. We had to scrub them clean in order to get back into Australia so we didn't bring dirt in from a foreign country.
Hooker Glacier, Mount Cook, New Zealand. February 2009
Over the past couple of years I have mostly been walking on paved pathways, but since taking up Nordic walking with my poles am trying out rougher ground. My poles collapse so I'll be packing them for our trip. They give an amazing upper body workout by pushing off while hiking. Great workout for the triceps.

With lots of hiking, walking, trekking planned for our upcoming trip to Ireland, I splurged on new hiking shoes. And what a difference a few years make. They are so lightweight. Lighter than my runners. They might look like runners but the sole is quite firm.


If only the weather didn't suck so much. We've had almost continuous rain and severe thunderstorms making it is hard to find an hour or so to actually get outside. But there are lots of mountains and glaciers and rocky paths to conquer. 

I'm on a mission! Onward.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Travels With My Family

Woo Hoo. The weather is finally warm and sunny. Today is the longest day. The sun will set around 10:00 tonight and then the days will gradually shorten. Must celebrate!

Most of the time I am on my iPad and just realized I can actually create a post right here and now. Ok, don't judge. I'm quite technically inclined but really thought I had to use my computer :-( You know the good ol' Bill Gate's windows had me hypnotized.

I've been travelling. At the end of May, spent a fantastic week with my grandbaby, daughter and her hubby in Phoenix, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. My DH came along too. I sorta, kinda forgot what it is like to have a 3 months old around. She basically controlled our trip (in a wonderful way). We would start driving in the morning when she napped. Pulled over when she needed to feed and basically had us all wrapped around her little finger. Loved (almost) every minute. The hour of screaming while I babysat one night was interesting. Ended up holding her for two hours when she FINALLY fell asleep. Was afraid she'd wake if I put her down. But there is nothing better than snuggling with a little baby.

Here we are at Salsa Brava in Flagstaff. 3 Generations.

We stayed at the MGM in Vegas and had the breakfast buffet. It was excellent although I only ate a tiny bit. It was one of the things I wanted to do though. Also saw a Cirque de Soleil show at the Bellagio. Funny but we ate dinner at the Bellagio and I ordered Meatloaf with Mushroom sauce. Yummy. But really, meatloaf? It was actually amazing. 

The heat just sapped my appetite and with all the walking I was down 5 pounds on arriving home and have lost another 3. Seems to be the same every year. Gain 10 pounds over the winter and lose it again each summer. At least I'm staying steady and approaching that magical 50 pounds lost. So close. For so many years just a few pounds shy of reaching that goal.

Life is good. In the throes of planning our trip to Ireland this September. Lots of walking and trekking. Going to get my new hiking shoes this weekend. That are so light. Can't wait to break them in.

And I will get back to finish my cross-stitch of "The Wedding". Have promised my daughter to have it done for her first anniversary. October 6th. But right now the wine is calling.


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