July came and went so quickly it felt like a blink of an eye. Of course, it always helps my month along when I leave for vacation for half the month! While I didn't do a ton of work in July, I definitely have a ton to talk to you about - so grab your favorite mug, your favorite beverage, and join me for August's Ultimate Coffee Date!
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: That I'm halfway through my busy season at work now! I'm almost counting down the days to the off-season at this point. After backpacking a little on vacation I can't tell you how much I miss being able to do my own thing. Leading trips is great and I love teaching people the 'how-to's' of being outdoors, but being able to enjoy it for myself is so fulfilling.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: Our vacation was definitely a mixed bag. We had to scrap our original plan of thru hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail due to NoKey's dad getting sick and being in the hospital. Thankfully, he's doing much better now, but he was in pretty bad shape and we thought it best to head out to see him and then make a road trip out of it. Unfortunately, I also lost a diamond earring in the White Mountains and blew a tire in Connecticut, leading me to have to buy four brand new ones. We also discovered that there was a class action lawsuit involving my model year of vehicle due to tires always blowing out (I've blown three in three years). Unfortunately, I missed out on the lawsuit, but I will be getting the part fixed soon.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: Not all things on the trip were bad. In fact, we spent some time in Delaware (the last state I needed to visit on the east coast!) hiking and kayaking, drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and then did a road trip with hiking every few hours on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The vacation was a great break from the norm, but not quite the thru hike I was craving and needed.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I'm so incredibly thankful for my friends and family who helped us make the trip possible. Being a "mom" to five cats and a dog, all of whom are getting older and have their own set of issues, going out of town and off the grid for periods of time can be really difficult. If not for my parents, grandma, and a few close friends it would be nearly impossible.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I'm looking forward to the off-season this year. I've decided to pursue a few things that I've been interested in for a while now. I'm also trying to decide between attempting to finally get that sub-4 hour marathon time or attempt my first ever 100-mile race... Stay tuned for that!
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I'm so thankful for those of you still reading the blog. This project started out on Tumblr as a way for me to keep track of my hiking miles and has turned into SO.MUCH.MORE. Without my readers, I'd be lost!
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: In case you missed it, I'm really proud of this post I wrote before I left for vacation. I've really been not too happy with how I'm looking physically lately, and honestly I'm old enough to know better ;)
How was your month of July? What would we talk about if we met up for a coffee this morning? I'd love to hear about it!