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Desert Rats 10k Race Recap

Better a little late than never right?! πŸ˜‰

I’ve been trying to sort through all of my thoughts on this race, but I still haven’t been able to pull them all together. I’m gonna try though! But this post might end up being s jumbled mess. πŸ˜‚

I’ve also been waiting for the professional race photos to be posted onto Gemini Adventures’ website. Mission accomplished on that front! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰

That being said, I still have a ridiculous amount of photos thanks to my dad. He’s become quite the shutterbug and we definitely stopped more than once just so he could take pictures. But I mean, I can blame him when the views from the course looked like this…

Anyway, let’s recap this thing!

So, the day before this race my dad and I drove about 5 hours from Longmont to Grand Junction, which was super close to Fruita, where the race was being held. We made a few stops along the way, including one stop to take around 3 hours to hike to and from Hanging Lake. I won’t go into all of that again since I’ve already written about that here. But I will say that whole adventure was super hard, fun, and beautiful. Not exactly something I’d recommend doing the day before a race, but I don’t regret it. πŸ˜‚

After that adventure we made a stop for some burgers and then made our way to one of my dad’s drivers houses (my dad basically runs several FedEx terminals). He invited us to stay the night with him and his family so that we didn’t have to stay at a motel. That was super nice of him and he and his whole family were super welcoming and incredibly nice. 😊

I ended up getting to bed around 11 that night and I’m not sure when my dad finally made his way to bed. But we were up before the sun at 5 am Sunday morning. The guy we stayed with laid out breakfast for us the night before; a couple of water bottles, some instant oatmeal, bread, candy bars, and an invitation to anything in the fridge or pantry that we wanted. I definitely like oatmeal before a run though, so that’s what I stuck with. πŸ˜„ So we ate, got dressed, and loaded up our stuff into my dad’s van and then made our way to the staring line in Fruita.

It only took us about a half an hour to get there. So we actually got there super duper early at around 6:30 am. The race didn’t even start until 8:30 am. πŸ˜‚ So we drove up this pretty gnarly Jeep trail. That was a bit iffy in my dad’s van. But it was fun.

This was AFTER we made it back down the super iffy section of road we went up. πŸ˜‚

We didn’t go too far though. There wasn’t a lot of parking for this race so we made our way back to the starting/finish area and snagged us an awesome parking spot.

We sat in the van for a while. Talking, people watching, and sipping at water and nibbling on a few snacks. Packet pick up started at 7 am, so we got out our stuff right as they open up. Being some of the first people there definitely had its benefits! Along with our bibs and participation shirts, we also got buffs. They had a limited supply of them that were donated to them so not everyone got one. Hahaha I was pretty stoked though! Mine sure came in handy during the race. I wiped my nose on it more times than I can count. πŸ˜‚

After we collected our things we stopped at the port-o-potties. There weren’t many of them but at this point it was still pretty early so no one was in line. Score!! 😁 Hahaha after our business with the port-o-potties was taken care of we went back to the van to warm up because it was pretty chilly out that morning. And of course while we were there we pinned on our bibs and got the rest of our gear ready.

Before we picked up our bibs we obviously needed to get a selfie with the starting line. πŸ˜„

At about 15 minutes to the start time we shed our outer layers (and oh boy was that hard! It was still pretty chilly out! πŸ˜‚), strapped on our hydration packs, and made our way to the starting area. We also marveled at the line for the port-o-potties and we’re grateful that 1. We went when we did and 2. Didn’t have to go again. πŸ˜‚

There was very little organization going on. Half marathoners were mixed in with the 10k-ers and as far as I could tell no one was really lined up according to pace. It wasn’t really a super big deal though because this was a really small race. Just several hundred people really. Those aren’t negatives though! Just facts. 😁

A race official counted us down but honestly we couldn’t hear him all that well, but it was kind of easy to tell when we were supposed to take off because everyone cheered and started moving forward. πŸ˜‚ So we took off down the trail, starting with a slight down hill that I definitely didn’t feel and sure didn’t notice until we had to climb up it on our way back to the finish line. 🀣

That downhill was short lived though! We began one of the bigger climbs of the race (and there were several) in the first few minutes. Those climbs KILLED me. My legs were actually pretty prepared for them thanks to the hill work I had done on my treadmill, but my legs were also sore sand tired from our hike the day before. And unfortunately that never went away… That wasn’t what actually killed me though. It was the elevation. Here in Kansas I’m just about 1,000 feet above sea level. I. Fruita Colorado we were at 5,000 feet and we gained around 600 feet getting up some of those hills. I’m sure that’s not a lot for you mountain runners out there, but for this flatlander who also happens to be exclusively a road runner it was TOUGH.

Anyway, the first 1.5 miles were the hardest. I think. Hahaha honestly from this point on everything is a blur. The aide stations were each about a mile and 1/2 apart and that’s what I’m kinda basing everything on. πŸ˜‰

So by the time we made it to the first aid station we were DFL (Dead Fucking Last). At least as far as the 10k-ers went. But considering how small the race was and all of the other circumstances that was pretty unsurprising. And honestly, not at all upsetting. I went into this thing just wanting to survive it and to have some fun. I knew it was going to slow going and I had put any kind of ego aside for this one.

Anyway, the volunteers at the aide were all super awesome. We got many complaints on our Sloth Running Team t-shirts, and I got several laughs and sympathetic looks every time my dad told people I was from Kansas.

Ps. Next time I do a trail race in Colorado I’m wearing a shirt that says “I’m from Kansas”. Just so everyone understands why I look and sound like I’m dying. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Anyway, the next 1.5 miles were much more rugged. There were loose rocks and the rail definitely got more technical. Honestly though I had so much fun on the harder (but more flat/downhill!) sections of the course. Having to chose you’re footing and trying not to trip over rocks was a lot of fun! And I was actually pretty good at it!

You can definitely see the rocks in this photo, but there were more fun sections of the trail than this!😁

Now, if I remember correctly (and I probably don’t πŸ˜‚) pretty close to the next aide station and the half way point there was part we had to kinda scramble up! Oh man, that was hard! My poor lungs were just not doing well this less oxen than they’re used to. But we both made it up it. With lots of huffing and puffing on my part. 🀣

At the next aide station I took a little cup of tailwind to drink and a couple of Honey Stinger gels (score!!). I don typically like gels for fuel while running because they upset my stomach but I took some just incase. But at this point I was doing pretty well on just water and a Gatorade that I had stashed in my hydration pack.

This side station was located on Pizza Overlook. Sadly they didn’t have any pizza. πŸ˜‚

After we left the second aide station is when we ended up running around the rim of the canyon (at least I’m pretty sure. Hahaha like I said. Everything is a blur. πŸ˜‚). Pictures will never do justice to how beautiful it actually was.

After a few twists and turns we stumbled upon the one and only race photography. Shout out to him for sitting there and waiting for our DFL asses. πŸ˜‚ of course I had to be a total dork for my photo. But at the very least I was being a total dork during a super hard 10k with some incredible views! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

On the way to the final aid station at about 4.3 miles were we’re blessed with some amazing downhills. The trail was still a little tricky but I picked it up quite a bit going down those hills (around 10 minutes per mile pace according to the one time I actually glanced at my Garmin πŸ˜‚). That was a ton of fun!! At this point we were starting to head back the way we came and the last aide station was also the very first aide station. We were also heading back up hill. Yuck. 🀒🀣Basically the whole last mile was uphill, with one super short down hill in the middle of it.

The finish line was just on the other side of that hill on the left side of this photo.

We crossed the finish line at the EXACT same time, cheering and holding hands! That was pretty cool! And according to the official results, we weren’t actually DFL. Hahaha neat! But also still, not a big deal. πŸ˜‚

Once we crossed the finish line we were handed our “medals” (really just a dog tag on a chain, but still super neat!), and made our way to the food tables were we got pancakes, fruit, coffee, and a few other things, although they did have quite a bit of other post race snacks as well. πŸ˜„ we found a nice place to sit and cheered on some of the first half marathoners to start running in.

After we ate we went back to the van, wiped ourselves down with wet wipes and I changed my shirt (and managed to get out of my wet sports bra without showing any boobies to the world. πŸ˜‚). And then we started our 17 hour drive back to Kansas.

So yeah. This was my first trail race ever. My first official 10k. The farthest I’ve ever run at 5,000 feet above sea level, and the slowest 10k/race I’ve ever done. It was hard. It was beautiful. And it was absolutely so much fun!!

Apparently we’re doing the half next year. Hahaha we’ll see about that. 🀣🀣

But for now, the next race on the schedule is the Running With The Cows 5k on May 11th here in Kansas! I’m very excited about that!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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The Stanley Hotel and Rocky Mountain National Park

My dad and I had us some adventures yesterday!!

But first and foremost, after making it through a blizzard the day before, we were blessed with an absolute gorgeous morning here in Longmont Colorado!

My Thursday actually started with me getting woken up by one whiny and pathetic Russian bear dog. He wanted to go outside to go potty. But he also wanted to play in the snow because it’s like, his most favorite thing ever! But the problem with that is after a while he’ll just lay down in the snow and refuse to move. And trust me it hard to get a stubborn, 146 pound dog to move. πŸ™„ Hahaha that being said, we still had a nice little walk on Thursday morning.

Mr. whiny pants, Niko begging to be taken outside right after we had gotten back in. πŸ˜‚

So after Niko had gotten walked 3 times, first by me, then by my dad, and finally by my brother, we began to make plans for the day. My dad basically runs several FedEx terminals and drives semi trucks (even though he’s not really supposed to because he’s supposed to be running the whole operation, but they currently don’t have enough drivers) and he had several things for my brother to do on Thursday. After giving him all of his assignments and sending him on his way, we decided we were going to drive to Estes Park and go check out the Stanley Hotel!

So no one I know personally has ever actually stayed at the Stanley Hotel before (although I’d totally like to one day!) I’ve actually been there a few times!

You see, the Stanley Hotel was Stephen King’s inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. And Stephen King has been my all time favorite author since I was in 7th grade. So I just think it’s super duper cool to go there and look around outside a little bit. πŸ˜‚

This time around my dad has me bring my copy of The Shining and we got some pretty neat pictures!

I got my butt very wet sitting on those steps. πŸ˜‚

So yeah, that was fun! After that we decided we might as well go mess around in the Rocky Mountain State Park while we were there. By first my dad took me to a discount outdoors wear store because I was not prepared for winter. πŸ˜‚ I came to Colorado ready for spring, but boy was I wrong! Up until then I had been borrowing one of my brother’s coats (hence the camo. Hahaha that’s not really my thing) and wearing on thoroughly soaked pair of retired running shoes. So I got me a pair of discounted, waterproof hiking boot and a super nice North Face coat for over 50% off. Both of these are men’s items because in weird and prefer men’s coats/hoodies and the selection of women’s hiking boots was kinda sad. But either way, after that I was actually prepared to spend some time in Rocky Mountain National Park.

I have been into Rocky Mountain National Park before, but not very far. So this was a super fun experience! We didn’t really hike that much because it was cold, we were ill prepared, and my dad had to work that night, but we drove around for a while and would get out and walk around some cool places.

First we stopped at Sheep Lakes, which ironically enough, my dad (who’s been there often) has never seen any sheep there. And today was no exception. πŸ˜‚

Then we drove around for a while, admiring how pretty everything looked covered in snow. We saw lots of mule deer and elk, and of course we had to stop to observe them and take pictures! πŸ˜‰

This guy got super close to the van when we stopped on the side of the road. That was neat!

Then my dad decided he wanted to go to Bear Lake because he had only been there once and obviously I had never been there before, so we continued on with our journey through the park.

We stopped a few more times on our way there because everything looked super pretty covered in snow, so it was kinda hard not to. πŸ˜‚ But by the time we finally made it it was actually kinda snowing and the wind was blowing super hard! We hiked a short ways from the parking lot to the lake itself which was kinda interesting because the snow drifts were pretty high! It was a lot of fun though!

Bear Lake was frozen, covered in snow, and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Unfortunately pictures will never be able to do it justice. The wind was cold and blowing snow directly into our faces which was painful. But the way it was swirling in the air was beautiful.

We didn’t stay there long. Like I said, the snow pelting our faces was painful. πŸ˜‚ But we both think we need to come back in the summer and actually hike around Bear Lake when we’re actually prepared for it.

After our short adventure at Bear Lake we started making our way out of the park. But of course we ended up stopping a few more times. Hahaha I sure put my new hiking boots to good use today! πŸ˜‰

After we finally made our way out of Estes Park and back home my dad heated up the Keto version of broccoli and cheddar soup that he had made the day before. At that point it was the best thing I had ever eaten. Probably because I didn’t really eat much before that. πŸ˜‚

And that was the end of our adventuring on Thursday. We were both really tired after we ate so I showered and then we both ended up taking naps. πŸ˜‚ But obviously my dad needed to since he had to work that night.

So since my dad is doing the whole Keto thing there are NO carbs aside from some veggies in his apartment, and that’s super boring. πŸ˜‚ I knew he had been doing the Keto thing though, so I had brought a whole big thing of Cheerios with me. Still not super fun, but I NEED my carbs man, and I’ll take them were I can get them. πŸ˜‚

But once my brother got back from everything he had to do today he order us a bunch of carb-y deliciousness. He’s not into Keto either, but neither of us felt like going to the store. So we had the carbs brought to us. πŸ˜‚ I swear after like, a day of eating very few carbs, this personal pizza was the best thing I’ve ever eaten! πŸ˜‹πŸ• Hahaha I paced myself though and only ate half of it and saved the other half for today. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that just about covers Thursday! I don’t think we’re going to be doing anything as exciting today, but tomorrow my dad and I are driving to Fruita, CO for our race on Sunday! We’re going to be staying at one of his driver’s houses that night (which was super cool of him to let us stay with them!), and we might do some hiking while we’re there. The day before our race. πŸ˜‚ Probably not the best idea, but we aren’t going for any world records at this trail race anyway. πŸ˜‰

But alrighty! That’s all for now!

Happy Friday!

~Ashley πŸ—»πŸŒ²β„οΈπŸ˜Š

Throwback Thursday: The Grand Canyon, 2014

Sometimes I feel like I haven’t seen or done enough. Like I’ve spent too much time in the same place, doing the same old same old. Days when those thoughts start creeping into my head are days that I have to remind myself that, even though I’m not the most well traveled person in the world, I’ve been to some awesome places and done some pretty exciting things!

At this point in my life I’ve been to Florida more times than I can count, I’ve been to Indiana, Washington D.C., the Caribbean, California (but that was only for a day, so it barely counts), Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and I’ve been able to go hiking in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.

Since several of those trips were road trips, which means I’ve covered quite a bit of ground in few sates; Missouri (which hardly counts since I grew up so close to St. Louis haha), Illinois (that ones iffy, since I lived there for the first 20 years of my life), Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas (but I live in Kansas so…), Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Iowa, and Minnesota. So not bad, right? I mean Β some people never leave they’re home states, let alone travel across or outside of the country.

So anyway, earlier this morning I was looking through some of my road trip and adventuring photos and I decided that I wanted to share some photos from our Grand Canyon road trip! πŸ™‚

Early in 2014 Luke and I decided that we wanted to go on a camping trip. After much debate and discussion we finally decided on the Grand Canyon. We also decided we wanted to take two of his brothers, because one of them had always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, and the other kind one kind of already did everything with us anyway (and now he currently lives with us, but obviously that’s a different story).

So long story short, in June of 2014 we packed up our SUV and began our journey from Kansas to Arizona. After 14 or 15 hours of driving we stopped in Utah for the night, and then made it into Arizona and then to the Grand Canyon the next day. We camped at a camp sight in the Grand Canyon national park over the weekend, and we did a bunch of hiking, exploring, and other camping activities. πŸ™‚

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June 7th, 2014. Our first sighting of the Rocky Mountains.

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June 7th, 2014. We were very excited about the Rocky Mountains. They are beautiful!Β 

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June 7th, 2014. Utah is absolutely amazing and I want to go back soooo bad!!!

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June 8th, 2014. A few minutes after entering Arizona, we stopped at a viewing area and I saw my very first wild cactus. I was so ridiculously excited!Β 

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June 8th, 2014. Arizona.

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June 8th, 2014. Upon entering the Grand Canyon State Park we were greeted by a herd of buffalo!Β 

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June 8th, 2014. First view of the Grand Canyon.Β 

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June 9th, 2014. First Hike.

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June 10th, 2014. Second hike.

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June 11th, 2014. One last photo of Utah on our drive home.

And there you have it! Our Grand Canyon road trip basically summed up in photos!! Haha I hope looking at my old travel photos wasn’t too boring. Hopefully before too long I’ll have some new adventure photos to share with you guys!

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

Do you like road trips?

Where’s the most exciting place you’ve ever visited?Β 

Colorado Adventures Part 2

So I’m a day or two late with this one, but whatever. πŸ˜‰

Friday was another not so extincting day in Colorado. My dad had to go on this trip for work and I figured I’d be spending a lot of time in the motel room so it was no big deal. He’d been running on 4-5 hours of sleep a day, so he used Friday to kinda catch on on sleep. I spend most of the day watching video’s of Green Day concerts on YouTube. That kept me entertained for a while.

Before my dad had to go to work we went for a short walk through the town we were staying in. Not as exciting as walking on a nature trail or through the mountains, but it was still fun. Haha I was looking for pokestops and I found one at an ice cream shop. They even had a pikachu painted in their window. πŸ™‚

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Now Saturday was super exciting!! We left our motel for good around 6:30 in the morning (mountain time) and drove 2 hours south to Pikes Peak. I’ve never been before, but my dad has and he said I was going to love it, so I was super stoked!! Pikes Peak isn’t the tallest mountain in the US, but I do believe its the tallest one you can drive up.

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Pikes Peak as seen from the road.

It takes about an hour to drive the 20 miles to the top and let me tell you, it’s a gorgeous drive! We spend a majority of it looking for critters. Specifically, bears and elk. I mean, we figured we wouldn’t see any of those from the road, but you never know! Haha we didn’t see any bear or elk, but we did see a fewΒ mule deer and a bunch of chipmunks andΒ marmots.

 

The view from the summit was also crazy beautiful! Trying to breath at 14,115′ of elevation is quite difficult, so you might even say it was literally breath taking. πŸ˜‰ The highest gift shop in America is at the summit, so of course we had to go in and getΒ souvenirs. My dad got me a t-shirt and a pretty spiffy bumper sticker. Haha I’m not sure how Luke is going to feel about our car being covered in bumper stickers, but it’s definitely going to happen.

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We were only supposed to stay at the summit for 25 minutes because the 61st pikes peak half marathon (it was actually 13.32 miles) was going on that day! We didn’t see any runners on our drive up, I guess they were running up some trails that we couldn’t see from the road, but at the top we saw the finish line and a piss ton of runners. My dad and I talked to a few of them and took some pictures of some of them with the Pikes Peak sign since selfies aren’t as fun in this case. From that point on, my dad told every runner he saw that they were crazy. And I agree. And one day I also want to run 13.32 miles up Pikes Peak.

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With a view like this at the finish line, I can only imagine how beautiful the whole course was!

After getting some pictures and looking at the gift shop at the summit, my dad decided he wanted to hike up to the very top of a rock formation and build one of those rock towers at the very top. So that’s exactly what we did. Climbing to the top was kinda hard for a couple of flatlanders like ourselves. We had to take a few breaks but we eventually made it. On my way back down I slipped on loose gravel, slid down a few feet, and ripped some holes in my pants. Go me! πŸ˜‰

After Pikes Peak we drove around Garden of the Gods for a little bit. We didn’t get out of the car to really look at anything though, as we really needed to begin our journey home, which we did right after leaving the park. After my dad got to a nice rural, low traffic, area (I don’t like driving through big busy cities), we switched seats and I drove for 4 and a half hours. Then when we stopped for gas we switched again and he drove the rest of the way to my house where Luke had a huuuge batch of amazing chili waiting for us! That was pretty amazing after eating mostly cold meals in the motel room!

Anyway, we got to my house a few minutes after midnight (central time), ate our chili and then went to bed! In the morning my dad left to drive the 4 hours to his house in Illinois, I started getting my house back in order, and I guess that’s the end of our adventures. For now. My dad wants me to go back with him at some point because we had a lot of fun together!

Now that my tale is told I need to go run! It’s getting to be close to 9 am here in Kansas and while it’s not quite 70 degrees yet, the sun is out and I need to get shit done before the asphalt heats up!!

~ Ashley

Colorado Adventures Part 1

My dad came here for work, so I’ve been spending lot of time in our motel room, but we’ve still managed to get some adventuring in so far!

On Monday we did a lot of driving around. My dad wanted to find the FedEx terminal he was working at this week (which we did), then he opened up a PO box and a bank account since he and my mom are gradually going to be moving here over the next year or so. In between all the grown up chores whe drove through a few towns and just looked around a bit. 

While we were out we saw a crazy huge fire! We’re not entirely sure what caused it (we saw some fuel tanks on google maps, so my dad thinks something happened with them) but a huge field was just covered in flames. We never did find out what happened, but we drove past it again and most of the fire seemed like it was put it, so that was good. 

We couldn’t stay out too long though, my dad needed to get some sleep before he went to work at 5 pm, so while he did that I did a bit of running. My schedule called for an easy 40 minute run, but I only made it 30. I can never seem to make it longer than that on a treadmill. I get bored, my stride gets all fuck up, the elevation change was starting to get to me, and I to wear out my shoes out really bad on the treadmill (so I spent most of this run in my socks πŸ˜‰). 

As you can see, my garmin didn’t want to cooperate and this treadmill sucks, so I have no idea how far I went, but oh well. 

Tuesday was a little more exciting. After my dad got back from working all night, we went for a 3 ish mile walk on a nice paved trail we found. It wasn’t breath taking or anything, but the views were still pretty. After that it was back to the motel so my dad could sleep before leaving for work at 5pm. 

While he was sleeping I did some more running. I attempted to do a little bit of a speed workout since I was feeling a little better about being almost 5,000′ above sea level. It wasn’t anything super structured or fancy. I’ll talk more about that in my weely recap on Sunday, if you’re at all interested in hearing how that went. πŸ˜„

Wednesday was when things got really fun! After my dad got back from work we googled neat places to go. He didn’t want to drive to far since he needed to sleep, but we ended up driving 45 minutes (which was a little farther than he wanted to go) to Lory State Park. 

We didn’t get to spend much time there, but every minute we spent there was amazing! We climbed up a small mountain (it was really more of a hill), saw some deer, a few lizards, and a bunch of cacti. We both got super scraped up because we kinda went of the beaten path, but the views were so totally worth it! 

This is basically what we walked through (although some of the bushes were as tall as we are). Lots of cacti and other pokey stuff.

Ontop on the little ledge we climbed up to. My dad actually climed up the side of this, I kinda hiked around to it.

Haha my dad said we had to take a selfie. That made me giggle.

You can kinda see how scratched up I got.

I found a neat rock. Now i’ve offically stolen from the Grand Canyon National Park and the Lory State Park. πŸ˜‰

On our way back we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some provisions. For the most part we’ve been eating really well, which is pretty impressive for being away from home, I think. Well, we haven’t been eating all that great for breakfast (cinnamon rolls and waffles, anyone?), but whatever. Haha once we got back to the motel we broke a few rules and cooked steak on a single burner my dad brought (I definitely get my rebellious side from him 😁). That was a nice little treat. 

After we ate my dad had to got to bed, so I actually started writing this post while I waited for my lunch to digest. I needed to run again, but after all that protein I had to wait for a while. It took about 2 hours before I felt my stomach could handle some easy running, which is exactly what I did. 30 minutes of it to be exact. Just what my schedule called for. πŸ˜„ 

Now it’s Thursday and I guess working all night and adventuring with me in the morning has finally caught up with my dad. He got back to the motel at 6 am and went straight to bed. He plans on sleeping all day so I guess I’m going to be stuck here all day as well. 

That’s not a huge deal. Thursday’s are usually rest days for me anyway and a day spent doing nothing is actually probably a good idea, as I usually do a lot of walking on my rest days. It’s just going to be kinda boring…I suppose I could go walk around a bit, but I’m terrified of getting lost and there’s really nowhere near by for me to go anyway. Oh well, I have my phone and a couple of books so I’ll be able to keep myself entertained for the most part. 

I’m just glad that I’ve been able to spend some time here. I’ve been through Colorado twice when Luke, two of his brothers, and me drove to the Grand Canyon a few years ago, but we didn’t get to do any adventuring here. So at least I’ve been able to do just that this time around. And maybe tomorrow we’ll get to do some more fun stuff! πŸ˜„

I feel like I’ve used some variation of the word “adventure” at least 8 million times in this post, but life is an adventure, so it’s fitting! 

Wishing you lots of fun adventures in life, 

~ Ashley πŸŒ΅πŸŒΎπŸ˜„