Monday, April 8, 2013

Vacation Bliss

What could be better for a small town Manitoba girl still in the vice-like grip of winter but beaches, sand, endless sun, warm evenings, birds singing and running with SHORTS!

Our spring break trip took us via Regina, Saskatchewan, Miles City, Montana, West Yellowstone, Montana, Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, to sunny Santa Monica, California.  We filled 2 days with bike riding, football games at the beach, Lakers game, Kings game and of course shopping!

[caption id="attachment_169" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="lunch at West Yellowstone"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_170" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bike riding at the Santa Monica Pier"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_171" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Playing on the beach"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_172" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="My rope climbing son"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_173" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Made it to the top!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Lakers Game and Kings Game"][/caption]

Off we went to spend 5 days in Palm Springs to visit my husband's brother and his aunt and uncle.  We have been to Palm Springs before a few times as my in-laws have been snowbirds down here for about 10 years.  We love the climate, hiking, swimming and small community feel with big city options.  Anything you want to do is only a short drive away.

[caption id="attachment_175" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Araby Trail in Palm Springs"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_176" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Araby Trail"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_177" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Araby Trail"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_178" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Pool at the Ocotillo Lodge"][/caption]

We hiked 2 great trails, did lots of running, some golfing and spent tons of time in the huge Olympic sized pool at the Ocotillo Lodge where we stayed.

[caption id="attachment_179" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Mackenzie and I"][/caption]

We also made a day trip to Algodones, Mexico to get some eye and dentist checkups.  Too soon, our time came to an end and we held onto to warm weather by vowing to wear our shorts until we arrived home.  Only my husband lasted to the end but by the last gas stop in sub 0 Celcius weather, once again in snow, we pretended we didn't know him.

I did my best to stick to my training plan with just a few minor switches.  My body needed a break by the end of the vacation as it is hard to scale it back and not go out everyday doing something.  Here is what my 10 days looked like.

[caption id="attachment_181" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Running the South Lychen Trail"][/caption]

We left Tuesday, March 19 and arrived home Sunday, March 31.

  • Tuesday-  4 miles speed work on treadmill

  • Thurs- 5.6 mile run on the Virgin River Trail in St. George, Utah

  • Friday- 4 mile walk to Santa Monica Pier

  •            -9.85 mile bike ride along ocean boardwalk

  • Sat- 15.8 mile long run along ocean boardwalk

  • Sun- 4.2 mile walk in Palm Springs

  •       - 2 hours swimming

  • Mon- 5.1 mile hike on the Araby Trail in the Palm Springs mountains

  •        -1.5 mile walk in Palm Springs

  •        -2 hours swimming

  • Tues- 1.7 mile walk in Palm Springs

  •         - 45 min of swimming

  • Wed- 8.1 mile tempo run in Palm Springs

  •         - 2 hours swimming

  • Thurs- 6.0 mile hike/run on South Lychen Trail in Palm Spring

  •           - 2 hours swimming

  • Fri- 5.1 mile run in Palm Springs

  •     - 1 hour swimming

13 days, 3 countries, 6 states, 2 provinces, 7500 kms, 60 hours of driving, 20 miles of beach boardwalk, 2 cavities fixed, 1 gum repair, 4 pairs of glasses, 1 bee sting, 1 less big toe nail

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