Sunday, June 13, 2010

I got back from my vacation late on Friday, but I've been giving myself a little extra time to unwind.  It was a beautiful trip. We visited The Grand Tetons National Park.  I have been itching to explore more parks since seeing a few episodes of National Parks: America's Best Idea this winter.  I think these parks are one of the best things about this country. There are too many for most people to visit all of them, including a lot of historical sites, but we're hoping to hit most of the big ones.

This first photo is from our scenic float trip down the Snake River. The guide does all of the work getting the boat down the river, so the rest of us were free to take as many pictures as we wanted of the dramatic scenery.

I found that all the training I have been doing this summer came in handy for a trip like this. We did two hikes, each right around 2 hours, that were labeled as easy or intermediate in the guidebook.  They seemed challenging at times to me, with lots of steep paths and pebbly footing, but there were people of all ages doing these hikes.  That made me realize what this fitness stuff is really all about -- being fit to do the things you want to do.  We had some great views from Inspiration Point, and ventured past the crowds, who mostly turned around there, to see a little more of Cascade Canyon.  I actually slipped in snow up there.  In June.
It was hard to turn around -- I wanted to keep going and see what else we could see -- but we didn't want to miss the ferry back to our car and be late for dinner. Priorities!

On the way back, we had a tight connection in Salt Lake City, but our plane out of Jackson Hole was delayed and delayed.  We got off the plane when it was officially time for our next flight to stop boarding, but we decided to run from gate B1 to C7.  My husband is much more of a runner than me, and even though he has had some injury problems and was dragging a rolling bag, I just barely kept up with him. I got on the plane coughing a little but we made our flight.

I ate some pretty fabulous meals while I was away, so I am curious to see from the scale whether my activity balanced out the calories.  I peeked at the scale today and it looks like I stayed about the same, but I'm waiting to post an official weight tomorrow.  Mostly I'm feeling relaxed and happy and not quite as uptight about the scale as I did before I left. I feel like I have the fitness for what really counts, no matter what the scale says.


  1. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time! Your pictures are gorgeous. Interesting realization that the reason for all the fitness stuff is to be fit to do the things you want to do. There you have it in a nutshell - what could be more motivating than that?

    Do you have a list of parks that you plan to visit, or wait a bit to see which one strikes your fancy next?

  2. I'd like that list to, had so much fun Camping!!! Welcome Back. I to didn't get RIGHT back to things as soon as I got back. It's hard!!! Glad you had a great time.

  3. It looks beautiful. I love visiting parks, and I'd love for my husband and I to be able to one day take a summer, hop in an RV, and drive around and see them. Any ideas on which park you'd like to visit next?

  4. We might try Acadia or Shenandoah Valley next time. A lot will depend on our finances.


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