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Summer in Utah Act 3: Bryce 100 DNF

(Viewer discretion is advised. As Lily would say, “Daddy-O said a bad word.”  Actually, I said many of them…  Perhaps view this video not in the company of little ones.)

Last year I completed my first hundred mile race.  It was a fun and challenging experience.  I did really well.  I tanked for a bit.  I walked a lot, but I still managed to finish under 30 hours.

We (I) chose Utah for our summer vacation so that I could run the Bryce 100 and give another 100 miler a go.  I went into the race with high hopes.  The previous three races I’d run this winter and spring had gone really well, and I’d set PRs at all of them.  So, I went into the Bryce 100 hoping for another great day.

I also went into Bryce thinking that I’d make a Mark Watney style mock-umentary of my experience.  After my 100 mile last year I had just two pictures of me on the course.  I felt that such an experience should have better documentation.  So, I set out with my camera hoping to catch something entertaining on film.

It is with great trepidation, humility and embarrassment that I post this video.  My high hopes for the race were dashed when I succumbed to the heat and ended up dropping out of the race.  I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t finish, but I’ve learned a few lessons about myself from the experience.  I also had fun making the video.

I’d say more, but hey just watch (without small children).

And thank you K for that sensual sunscreen application.


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Summer in Utah Act 1: Capitol Reef

At the beginning of the month, I wrapped up the school year and officially started my summer break. (Woo hoo!  Year seven in the bag.)

After a few days at home, we packed up the truck and camper and headed out to Utah.  I planned to run the Bryce 100 on June 17 (more on how that turned out later).

In typical Feathered Aspen style, I filmed our getaway and am making shorts to share.  Here is the first of what will likely be three acts.  I’ll try my damnedest to post one each day for the next few days.  Enjoy Act 1: Capitol Reef.


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Salida

I’ll start by saying there is a way for me to put all of these photos in order, but ain’t nobody got time for that, so here’s our little weekend getaway in reverse-order:

Playing dress up

Playing dress up

Lily and Lu were fabulous in the car on the way there and back.  Some iPad George came to the rescue for the last half hour or so on each trip, but otherwise, they were just great.  Lu, especially, is a dream car rider.

Happy to be home.  Playing dress up.

Happy to be home. Playing dress up.

Our friend, Val, coordinated everything, and we’re so lucky she did!  We rented a cabin at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, and it was SO.AMAZING.  Really just the best treat ever.  Thanks, Val!  You can see our cabin in the photo below.  We packed the place with eight adults and two little kiddos, but we had a blast (hope everyone else felt the same….  The kiddos are ours, after all.).  There was a loft with two fulls, a pull out, and a bedroom with a king.  Plus a kitchen, bathroom, and gorgeous little gas fireplace.  And?!  Only 97$ per adult for the two nights, total 🙂 🙂

On the drive up to Salida, we went through Leadville, stopping over at one of our favorite coffee shops and walking zig-zags through the residential streets, fantasizing about owning one of the old little Victorians that are crammed in side by side.  But after a while, Lily got tired of walking, so we got back in the car and headed south.

View of the bridge back to the cabin (in upper left corner).

View of the bridge back to the cabin (in upper left corner).

The first day, we got there early and used the pools, complementary with our nights’ stay.  Our first trip, is was snowing a bit and we used the two conventional pools above the river.  One was warmish, but actually a bit too chilly for 30ish degrees, and the other was a bit too warm to stay in for longer than 15 minutes or so.  Both were very nice and large.

Lu LOVED the springs.

Lu LOVED the springs.

After an hour or so, we packed up to meet up with the rest of our group and get settled in the cabin.  Will and I went for a run, and then we all went down to the river.  Which was the best part, really.  Of the whole weekend/this year so far (do I overstate?).

The river pools were so gorgeous because they could be adjusted by moving rocks.  Heat bubbles up from the sand beneath, and little rivulets of ice-fed water runs over the rocks.  I especially loved finding that sweet spot that was mostly warm but with a little stream of cool for relief.

Snack break.

Snack break.

Lily enjoyed the river, but I think she was just a bit out of sorts all weekend.  On both Friday and Saturday night, she woke up puking, and she’s been battling diarrhea for a week.  We went into the doctor on Thursday, but they recommended it just run its course…  Whatever “it” is.  We’re concerned “it” might be anything that contains or even grazes garlic.

Lu and Daddy (and Lily in the back).

Lu and Daddy (and Lily in the back).

So, that wasn’t pleasant, but really it wasn’t as nearly as bad as it could have been.  At least Lily wasn’t miserable.  She’d puke and then feel fine.  I just felt bad for Joshua.  Not really the way you want to spend the night before the big race.

So content :)

So content 🙂

So yeah.  Lu adored the pools.  I adored the pools.  Joshua liked them a lot (but generally doesn’t like getting too hot), and Lily liked them a lot too, but didn’t love them as much as I’d hoped she would.  I do think she had fun though.  Joshua thinks it was because there weren’t any other kids, and while I think that could certainly be true, I also hope that she kind of gets over it.  Sorry, girl.  Your parents just don’t have many friends with kiddos.  I’m trying, but it is what it is.  Our friends without kids are pretty amazing, and our friends with kids all live almost exactly half a continent away.  Se la vie.  I told Joshua that I think my childhood was somewhat similar.  Apart from my cousins, I was used to being the oldest or just hanging out with adults.  I’d love for more playmates for Lily, but I’m also hopeful that she can learn to enjoy the company of adults and younger kids, too.

Just bliss.  Me, the girls, the springs.

Just bliss. Me, the girls, the springs.

Lu, though.  Lu was just happy as a little river clam.  If that’s a thing.

Perfect

Perfect

On the day of the race, we went into town last and poked around the little shops.  Salida is a pretty darn cute mountain town, so I love that this is becoming an annual thing.  It’s our second year making a family trip out of it, and it’s Joshua’s third year running it.

Love this shot of Lily in Salida

Love this shot of Lily in Salida

Joshua had high hopes for his race this year.  He’s put in a lot more miles training for this race than he had in years before, but as fate would have it, the course was just a bit sloppier than usual.  (Some parts were even postholing?!)  Anyway.  He did PR on the course by about 3 minutes, even though the course was pretty rough, and he felt good afterwards, which is great.

Daddy finishes his marathon.

Daddy finishes his marathon.

Of the people in our cabin, three ran the 1/2 and Will and Joshua ran the full.  They all finished within about an hour of each other.  While we waited, we hung out by the river and watched super hard core ultramarathoners swagger about, reminiscing over building ice caves to escape hypothermia and those races where lightening threatened to pull them off the course indefinitely.

Throwing rocks in the river while we wait for daddy.

Throwing rocks in the river while we wait for daddy.

Lily vacillated between crabbiness and enjoyment.  I’m beginning to think this is what three is like.

Exploring shops in Salida

Exploring shops in Salida

#instagrambackground

#instagrambackground

Totally sacked

Totally sacked

Breakfast on the go:  "Let's go to Salida!"  (ps this photo kinda freaks me out bc she looks like a teenager).

Breakfast on the go: “Let’s go to Salida!” (ps this photo kinda freaks me out bc she looks like a teenager).

After the race, we had lunch at The Fritz and then we headed back to the cabin.  While Lily took a nap, I went out for a nice seven mile run in the valley, and afterwards, we went out to the pools.  For dinner, we had tacos, and then we turned in early.

This morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast, said goodbye to our cabin mates, and snuck in another little wallow in the river.  The sunshine was glorious, and we fantasized about making this a vacation staple.  Hey, guys!  Wanna go to the hot springs?


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Ten Weeks

It’s been a while since my last post, so here are a few updates:

  • Vacation:  Yvonne, Dave, and Sarah came down to visit on the 9th of June and stayed for a week.  We went out to brunch at Snooze on their first day here, and then the six of us relaxed for the rest of the day.  That night, we threw together a feast for the Ps and Peters, and we all enjoyed a warm summer evening on the back patio.  The next day, we left for a little mountain vacation.  Stopping outside of Fairplay, we hiked up to London Mine and enjoyed the gorgeous high alpine views.  That night, we drove down to Garfield where our cabin for the next few days was located.  Joshua and I were even able to sneak off for a run up near Monarch Pass.  On Tuesday, everyone except Lily and I went rafting down the Arkansas River.  When they returned, we poked around Buena Vista and Salida, exploring a couple of antique shops along the way.  That night we ate at Amicas to celebrate Yvonne’s 50th birthday, and Joshua and I went on another run up near the pass.  On Wednesday, we drove to the Sand Dunes, and while Joshua, Sarah, and I hiked up to the High Dune, Dave, Yvonne, and Lily stayed down by the creek with the dogs, enjoying the cool water and gorgeous views.  On our last day in the mountains, we drove up to Leadville and explored the little shops there.  The Victorian architecture was very fun to lust after 🙂  On the way home, Lily sobbed and sobbed, and we were all relieved to arrive back home in Edgewater.  Yesterday, the six of us went to Golden where Joshua and I got a run in while every one else explored the main strip.  In the late afternoon, Sarah and I went to the thrift store, and then last night we gussied up to go out for Mexican food at El Camino.  Today, we went to the Farmer’s Market and then to REI (a requisite detour on any trip to Denver).  Since then, we’ve been relaxing and Joshua has been sprucing up the garden beds.
  • Raised Garden Beds:  there are 9 of them.  Joshua, per usual, went nuts and spent four days building, filling, and planting them.  I helped between nursing.
  • Shed:  Joshua is King.  I’ll let him tell you the details, but the Shed cum Guest House was ready for move in the night Yvonne, Dave, and Sarah arrived.  It was very fun to decorate 🙂
  • Doctor’s Visit:  Lily had her two month visit on the 7th of June, and she weighed in at 10 lbs and 6 oz, after pooping, peeing, and projectile vomiting all morning long.  Despite loosing most of her bodily fluids in the two hours preceding the doctor’s visit, she’s right on pace.  She’s also 22 and 3/4 inches tall, with head circumference of 38 cm.  Unfortunately, she had four immunizations, but other than a little bit of fussiness for the rest of day, she took them like a champ.
  • Smiling:  Lily now smiles all the time.  Big, gummy smiles.
  • Running:  I can run four miles again without too much pain!
  • Child Care:  After a bit of hunting, we’ve found a place that we feel good about.  Thank god, because some of the places we saw were pretty bleak.  One place asked us if we held her a lot, and when we responded in the affirmative, the woman pursed her lips and said, “that makes it really difficult for us.”  The place Lily’s going to is small, whimsical, and nurturing – and it’s close to my work!  It’s definitely a bit costly, but it’s worth it to know that she’s in a good place.


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Family Vacation

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