I am thrilled to be on vacation right now.
So is Solitude.
John, Soli, my mother in law and I took off early on Saturday to make our way to Sun Valley. This trip is usually broken up in two nights because the straight through drive can be a bit much. We are fortunate to have John’s grandmother from his dad’s side living in Pendelton, Oregon so we always stop by to say hello. This time was even more special since John’s aunt Jeanne was in town with almost all of her daughters. This was my first time meeting many of them and they were incredibly nice. It was hard not being able to invite this part of the family to our wedding, but because of our venue size and our budget (John and I paid for the wedding ourselves) it just wasn’t possible. Luckily there’s no hard feelings and there were a lot of things to talk about with the ladies, I look forward to catching up with them again.
We stayed the night in Boise, and got up at a reasonable time to hit the road again. We decided to go the long way past Stanley, ID. On the way there we stopped at a couple of places to let the dog out and to walk around a bit.
We were thinking that we’d stay in Stanley but because Brad and Vince were already in Hailey we headed down there to meet them. Luckily John’s grandma had enough space for all of us (though Patty, Vince and Sol slept in a tent on the porch), because our hotel reservation started today. We had a nice evening of catching up with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Laura, Uncle Nick, Anna, and Lucas and seeing Vince and Brad for the first time in awhile. As you can tell it’s a lot of family gathering around. This is because it’s Grandma and Grandpa’s 60th wedding anniversary! We’re staying the whole week and will get to enjoy the hiking trails and the serenity that this beautiful mountain town brings.
This morning after not getting up early to run near the house, I figured we’d just be hiking with the family. I wore running shoes because I didn’t bring my hiking boots and don’t really need them in this terrain. When we got to the trailhead John informed me that we were planning on running. I guess I wasn’t listening close enough to how he was talking about the hike, but we headed off without the dog since she wanted to start off slowly with the other group (my dog knows how to pace herself better than I do).
It was a pretty trail that reminded me a little of what I run on in Marin, though luckily this was just a little bit of an incline, nothing too hard. The altitude is a little hard to deal with and John was struggling a bit so we ran walked this quite a bit. It was still really nice just for the two of us to take off. We went about 3.5 miles before heading back (I didn’t have my watch because I didn’t realize we were running). On the way back we ran into the rest of the group and coaxed Soli to head back with us. I forgot how much fun it is to run with her when she’s off leash. She enjoyed this run quite a bit because she could dip her belly in the river that was running next to the trail.
Can you see that animal hiding in the water? That’s stealthy Solitude.
We made good time on our way back and really loved the run.
I look forward to a couple more runs while I’m here. Tomorrow we’re heading over to 5B CrossFit for a morning workout. Should be fun!