As weekends go, this one has to be one of the best. Not for any special event, or milestone reached – it was just one of those really nice weekends that I got to relax and enjoy everything around me.
The weekend awesomeness started with the fact that I was pushing really hard to hit a fundraising goal I set for myself before the first practice, and with some very generous donations from friends, I was able to hit that number right before the end of the work day. It was the perfect start to the weekend. Then, the hubs and I went out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, with two of our very close friends. Great company, wonderful food and yummy drinks were had by all. After dinner, we decided to stop at a cigar bar that was on our way home. I passed on a cigar, but it was a really nice way to end the evening.
Saturday morning, Danbo came over and we headed to our first Nike Women’s Half training at the LLS headquarters. It was really great to finally meet the other mentors and Coach Laura. I even found out that our LLS Coordinator, Whitney, has a running and yoga blog! (I’ve also added her to my blog roll for easy clicking access.) The TEAM had a great fundraising brainstorming session with a lot of new ideas being shared, and I was really excited to meet all the ladies in my mentee group. Read the rest of this entry »
With some lazy days in the near future, the hubs and I decided to fit in one hike before the holidays. Just about a week ago, while I was doing the Ladies Night Out run, he had hiked the Skyline Trail at Blue Hills and loved it. He was itchy to get back, and I was excited to check it out. LocalHikes.com has a great summary of the trail:
Park, and walk on the north direction (.25mi) that closely follows the trail until you hit the Skyline Trail (blue marked). Take the Skyline trail West. At 1.5 miles on the Skyline Trail you will cross a road and be able to get a reservation map at the Reservation Headquarters for a nominal fee. You will successively ascend Hancock Hill, Hemingway Hill, and Wolcott Hill before you head for Great Blue Hill. Enjoy the Eliot Tower views. Shortly after the wood bridge there is the Skyline Ridge – South Trail. Keep walking west, and you will go through Houghton Hill before reaching the Reservation Headquarters again. Cross the road again and join the Skyline Trail. You have the option of retracing your steps from there, or you can also take a southern approach to your car if after Tucker Hill you head south towards Burn Hill. The trail will take you to your car.
The views from some of the peaks, especially Eliot Tower, were amazing. We only encountered a few icy patches along the way. The only thing that I would had changed is I wish that I had better clothes to wear on the hike. (I wore my insulated running tights under jeans.)
South Skyline Trailhead
I can’t wait to get back to Blue Hills & check out some more of their trails!
With JJ and I both wanting to get outdoors more, especially with the weather being so mild this winter, we were looking for something that would take us beyond a walk around the neighborhood or trip to the dog park. That’s when I started doing more research around geocaching.
Noun; The outdoor sport or game of searching for hidden objects by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates posted on the Internet.
Basically, it’s an modern-day treasure hunt outdoors. You get a description and coordinates online (we like geocaching.com the best so far). Then you can drive or walk close to you location, and use your GPS to locate the cache. This is typically a waterproof container of various size (so far, we’ve found something as small as a film canister and as large as an ammo box), with a log & sometimes other goodies inside.
While our first one was a total fail (which I blame on the site we got it from & not the fact that we are bad at finding things), our subsequent attempts have all been successful & pretty awesome. Our favorites are the multi-part caches, which (as the name implies), have multiple stops before finding the ‘treasure’ box. Sometimes these stops have clues that you need to figure out, making it even more fun. Last weekend, we did two multi-caches & ended up hiking almost 5 miles between them. So it’s not running, biking, or swimming, but it’s definitely been something new that we’ve enjoyed.
What non-tri activities do you do to keep active?