Last Hawaii Post… But Certainly Not the Least! Hiking in Maui!

Happy Friday!!! Woo!! We have almost made it to another weekend!!!  We only have a few plans this weekend, which I am all about, but I am sure the plans will pile on as the day goes on. 🙂

One of my favorite outdoor activities is hiking!  When we were living in Utah we frequently woke up on the weekends with hiking being at the top of our priority list for the day.  After being in Dallas where there is no hiking, we sure are happy to have a few hills in Tennessee.  But they are nothing like the mountains in Hawaii!

My sister’s boyfriend’s friend happened to be in Maui the same time we were there.  He takes a family vacation to Maui ever year and knew all the good hiking trails… or so we thought. 😉

Once we arrived at Iao Valley State Park , we parked and headed for the path.  We followed the path until the end, which isn’t very far.  Then we were led over a guard rail to the “real” hike.

This picture doesn’t even do this view justice.

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The hike began quite easy, but got difficult really quickly.  There was a lot of brush and MUD.

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Taking in the views while trying not to get eaten by mosquitoes and stuck in the mud. 😉

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Once we got going it was a pretty neat hike, but way way wayyyy too muddy for my liking.  🙂

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On Friday we did the hike that was near our condo we stayed at.  We had been eyeing it all week long so we decided to give it a go.  From the bottom (and in this picture) it doesn’t look steep at all… but I can assure you that it was very very steep.  It was almost like steps up onto rocks the entire time.  The top is about an hour and a half up to the windmills.  We made it about halfway before turning back. 🙂  My husband was a little winded. 😉

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Hiking/walking/running are some of the best ways to explore a new place and get a little exercise!  We had such a fun time!!   Although I have probably 500 more pictures of Hawaii, this is officially my last little recap of our vacation!!! We really enjoyed our time on all our adventures and would highly recommend a trip to Maui!  I can’t wait for our next adventure!!  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the cooler weather coming through!  If you are in Florida, please stay safe!! Thinking of you all. 

Questions:

  1. What are you all up to this weekend?
  2. Favorite place you have ever gone hiking?
  3. Favorite TV show currently?

Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.4.17 Family Fun at Lake Burton

Hey guys!! How are you?  How was your long weekend?  We made it back from the lake Monday afternoon, but had the best weekend away.  We left Friday after work for my in-law’s lake house in Georgia with my dad, brother, our pups and my mother-in-law.  We got in late on Friday night and went straight to bed. 

On Saturday morning, we took a walk with the pups then hit the lake!!  Our dogs aren’t spoiled at all….

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This little munchkin did some tubing!!  

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And made a new friend at the marina after he got some ice cream!  I am still trying to convince him that dogs are better than cats… he disagrees.  

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Saturday afternoon we played some ping pong and took turns on the kayaks in the cove before loading up on the boat with some drinks and appetizers for a little sunset cruise!

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The pups were pretty happy they got to tag along. 🙂

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My dad and brother. 

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My dad tried all day long to catch a fish and finally did later Saturday evening! 

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Sunday morning we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby trail for a short hike!

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The short hike led to a beautiful waterfall!

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Jacob leading the way. 

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The crew minus my dad, the photographer. 🙂 

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Me, my brother, and my daddy!

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After our hike, we hung out on the boathouse for a while before taking out the jetskis!  Jacob couldn’t get enough!  He likes to go fast!!!  My dad last about 5 minutes. 🙂

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We had such a nice relaxing weekend filled with lots of fun activities and fun family time, but we were all a little tired when we got home on Monday.  Riley headed straight for a nap with his “friends.” 😉

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Later that night he decided I was a better pillow. 🙂  I just can’t get enough of this pup! Don’t you guys worry… Callie gets all the love too… she was probably just hiding in a corner during this picture… she is a funny one. 🙂 

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That about sums up our weekend at the lake!  We are so fortunate our families get along so well and we can all be together on long holiday weekends!! I hope you guys all had a fun and relaxing weekend as well!! I will be back later this week for my final two recaps of our trip to Hawaii!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel anywhere for Labor Day?
  2. What was the best meal you had this weekend?
  3. Did you get to do any outdoor activities this weekend? Lake? Pool? Hike? 

Weekend Recap 8.6.17 Yummy Dinners, a Hike, a Concert and Lots of Chores

Good morning friends!!  How is your week going?  I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  I always go into the week with the hopes of posting on Monday, but then somehow it takes me until at least Wednesday to finish them.  Remember the good ole days when I used to post every single day?  Gosh, I don’t know how I managed that.  I wasn’t working full time, which clearly made a big difference.  Someday I will get my act together and and come up with a manageable blogging schedule, but until then, thanks for sticking with me and my sporadic posting.  

Last Thursday my father-in-law came into town on his way to the lake.  We spent the evening chatting and playing darts before heading to one of our favorite spots for dinner.  

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We had a fabulous dinner at Bricktops including lots of yummy food.  I got the swordfish (can you believe it?) and it was amazing.  

On Friday night I had dinner plans with my bestie, Lissa.  We decided to try a new-to-us restaurant called Silo in Germantown for a late birthday celebration for Lissa.  

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We had some wine and lots of dishes to split.  All the food was really yummy and the restaurant has a really fun atmosphere.  

Saturday morning Jon and I were up early to head to my mom and stepdad’s house so my stepdad could help Jon with a couple of things for our new dining room table.  My mom and I cooked a little bit then lounged by the pool.  🙂

After a couple hours, we headed home and picked up the pups for a short hike.  It was a beautiful day!

Saturday evening my brother and dad came over for dinner before we all headed downtown to Ascend Amphitheater to see Straight No Chaser.  

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Straight No Chaser is an all men’s acapella group who we actually saw during our visit to Indiana last winter.  They sing all cover songs and are so entertaining!  

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Sunday morning we went for our usual weekend stroll with the pups.  

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To get our sweet, cold treat!  How funny is this sign?  🙂

The rest of Sunday was spent vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, meal prepping, cleaning the car, working on our new table, and organizing around the house.  It sure does feel nice to start the week feeling prepared!!  

I am hoping to stop in one more time this week before heading out of town on Saturday for a whole week.  Any guesses where we are going?!!?  

Questions:

  1. Any idea where we are going on vacation?
  2. Been to any good concerts lately?
  3. What is your favorite show right now? 

 

Weekend Recap Continued…Breckenridge, CO for the weekend!

Good morning!!  Who else is feeling a little exhausted today?  My little pup Riley was up all night (not sick), but just fidgeting and not wanting to lay down so needless to say, I did not sleep much.  I made a curry dish last night and he licked the bowl and we are thinking that he might of had an allergic reaction to it.  Eeek.  No more table scraps for that little guy.  

Anyway, back to our Colorado trip.  After a good night’s rest, we woke up Saturday morning ready for a nice hike.  My dad had just visited Breckenridge a couple months ago and suggested a couple hikes to us.  One hike he suggested was the McCullough Gulch.  He said it was pretty steep, but we could do it.  It was only about 3 miles so we decided to give it a try.  He said to drive all the way to the end of the road to park and start at the trail head.  

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Well the only problem was that the road was closed for repairs so we had to park at the end of the road and start our hike there.  My husband kept insisting that the hike would be too long because we added the extra road to it, but I kept thinking the trail head wouldn’t be too far down the road.  

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I was wrong.  He was right.  We walked over 2 miles just to get to the trail head, but at this point I was determined to complete the hike.  There is a beautiful lake at the end of the trail.  

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So we walked… and walked… and walked…

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This picture is evidence that my husband carried nothing…. 

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While I carried the backpack the entire way… 🙂

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I made him drink water and eat a snack about every 10 minutes so it would lighten the load. 🙂

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When we were down in town the morning of our hike, we saw hikers in shorts and thought they were crazy.  Well… little did I know I would have preferred shorts for about 90 percent of the hike.  But when we got to the very top and turned the corner to see the lake, it was FREEZING!!! That’s why I am wearing my husband’s patagonia in this picture. 🙂

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The long, steep hike was definitely worth the views at the top.  

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It was such a beautiful day. 

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We took a couple panoramics.

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And then we headed back down the mountain. 

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Jon wanted to climb this tree..

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Then he decided he knew a “shortcut” and took us off the path…. into a swamp.  20 minutes later, we were backtracking to find said path.  

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Thankfully we found it ;).  We were both hurting by the time we finally made it to the car.  Our hike that was supposed to be 3 miles ended up being over 9.5 miles.  So we celebrated.

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We cleaned up and headed out for a drink before dinner. 

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Then we made our way to Blue River Bistro for dinner.  

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I got the beet salad with salmon and my husband got the ahi tuna special with udon noodles.  We both agreed that this was the best meal of the trip.  

Sunday morning we headed to the local coffee shop, Cool River Coffee House (we did this Saturday morning too) for coffee and breakfast.  We ate our breakfast outside as we watched people (and their doggies) take a morning stroll.  

After breakfast we wondered around town and did a little shopping before stopping in a couple bars to watch some football.  After a couple hours, we were hungry again so we stopped at CB & Potts for lunch.  They have a nice outdoor area and we just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful weather.  I’ll let you guys guess which meal was mine. 😉 

We had such an amazing time in Breckenridge and even if you don’t like snow sports, I would highly recommend visiting in the off months because it is absolutely beautiful.  The town is so cute and quaint and the people are very friendly.  We will definitely be back! 

Questions:

  1. Mountains or the beach?
  2. Do you like to hike?
  3. If you have a fitness tracker, how many steps do you average daily?

 

Family Time in Nashville

Hi guys, I am back from Nashville and trying to catch up.  It was such a fun trip that went by way too fast.  Today I have some pictures from more family time at home.  I’m working on a post for tomorrow from a bachelorette party for one of my best friends from college so check back in tomorrow for that one!  

Friday morning my dad and I went hiking in a nearby park for a little less than 2 hours.  It was a hilly hike, but not too bad! It was nice to get moving.

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Radnor lake.

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After our hike, I got cleaned up to head to my haircut appointment at Bishop’s Salon.  I know you can’t really tell, but I got about 5 inches cut off.  It feels so fresh!  Fun Fact: My sister and I both worked at Bishop’s Salon during the summer in high school.  Always fun to go back and see everyone!

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After my hair appointment, my dad took me to lunch at Amerigo, a Nashville favorite.  I got a salad with grilled salmon and it was SO good!  After lunch, my dad dropped me off downtown at our hotel for the weekend with my girlfriends!  

I’ll show you the rest of my Friday and Saturday tomorrow, but here is the rest of my Sunday! My dad and little brother picked me up on Sunday morning for a day of hanging with the family.  I didn’t leave Nashville until later Sunday evening so it was nice to have time to catch up with my favorite little dude.  We went on another walk in the nearby park,  watched 10 espisodes of “Guys Grocery Games” (my little brother LOVES it), and just chatted the day away.  

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Love this not-so-little brother of mine! 

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How beautiful is this picture my dad took from our walk?  Nature sure is amazing.  

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Can’t wait to share more of mine tomorrow!  Have a great week!

Questions:

  1. Did you do anything fun this weekend?
  2. How many siblings do you have?
  3. Did you get to spend a lot of time in nature this weekend?

Weekend Recap 12.28.15 Part 1

Hey guys!! Happy Monday to you all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Fortunately, we are still on vacation so we don’t have to go to work today.  Here are some pictures from our Friday and Saturday.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap from the rest of our weekend since I took an insane amount of pictures!

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Opening presents with kids is the best!!

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Super excited about his new star wars backpack! 

Two boys just hanging.

Late Friday morning we went out to fly the drone. 

The drone flying high in the sky.

Coming in for a landing.

My little brother directing the drone landing 🙂

Safe landing.

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Saturday afternoon, we took a walk in a nearby park.  

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Can you spy the turtle in the first picture?

Riley trying to get in the water…

Then we came upon this site… and were curious what everyone was taking a picture of.

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A bald eagle!  A very rare sighting.  

The park ranger set up binoculars so everyone could see the bald eagle up close!  So neat!

Two men and a dog.

Three men and a dog.

Me and my cute siblings!

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This funny picture my brother sent me on December 26th.

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We are off to go do some quick shopping and enjoy the rest of our time with my family.  I will see you tomorrow for the 2nd half of our weekend!

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Have you ever see a bald eagle?
  3. Do you have any siblings?