I made the mistake of opening up my book at midnight.
And then finishing it.
It was Home Front by Kristin Hannah. It had been sitting around for a while without me getting into it, mostly because there were some really awkward sentences in the opening chapters that I couldn’t get past. It’s the story of a military family where the father has to take care of the “home front” while the mother is deployed to Iraq. I almost really liked. It did make me cry! So I’ll have to try another book by the author sometime.
The dogs, of course, had no mercy about my late bedtime and woke us up before 8AM — just barking at the new neighbor dog.
We decided to go on a picnic and hiking today.
Do you believe that this entire mini loaf of French bread is only 70 calories? I was so skeptical that I ended up having a conversation about it with the guy stocking the bread in Sprouts! Haha. He stood behind the claim.
I don’t think Subway is going to hire me any time soon, but Kevin let me be his sandwich artist. The jalapeño mustard is actually amazing!
I also made some mini apple crisps in a jar (Kevin’s fave – so both for him) to take along.
THIS is why we practically never leave our zip code on the weekends… Haha. Boulder is super close to our side of town, but it took forever to get there because of road construction and lousy traffic.
We brought our favorite dog along and left the Boykin at home.
Just kidding. Boyd seriously can’t handle walking more than half a mile. Plus he’s a basket case around strangers. I know he was happier hanging out in his chair back at home.
But if Boyd is a basket case around strangers… I’m a basket case around nature!! I’m not kidding when I say I’m not outdoorsy. Kevin is always trying to use the excuse that I grew up in Minnesota so I should be used to it, but it’s not working on me!
Let’s face it – in reality, I grew up… in books! Like Little Women, A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, and The Secret Garden!
And then I started seeing the signs:
Yeah, it was my idea to go hiking. I like hiking… because it’s a workout. It’s pretty. There are no stop lights. But I’m terrified of snakes! I don’t care how much people tell me that they’re more afraid of me than I am of them. I think that’s an exaggeration! And I have extremely bad luck with these types of glib generalizations!
I was still not convinced about leaving the parking lot at this point!
The good news is… that we didn’t see anything dangerous. However, we did turn around. Immediately! As soon as I saw the bear sign on the top left!
We ended up hiking for about 1.5 hours. I calmed down when we got on a wider trail, and I wasn’t quite as skittish! I also felt better when I saw a couple of older ladies walking by themselves — no dogs even. If they can do it, I can too, right?
I had to ask Kevin important questions like, how did people call 9-1-1 out here before cellphones!?! And he told me stories about his many camping trips in the boundary waters in Minnesota. Why do people do that!??!?!
Also I had to ask: “Your mom wouldn’t be afraid to do this, would she?” Nope. I knew that answer because I’ve heard stories about his parents camping together with bears involved!
I’m afraid I’m going to be put in some type of outdoors boot camp. That would be horrible. But I guess I would maybe do it. If you agreed to do MY fitness boot camp.
Pippa had the time of her life. It was her first REAL hiking trip, and she did great. She still pulls at the leash quite a bit, but she calmed down after she got tired.
I think I also cheered up a little bit after we had gone a few miles.
Typical for a long distance runner! It was Runner’s World that made me think this hike was a good idea to begin with! I saw the trail featured in their Rave Runs! No mention of snakes or bears there. I guess I live in Colorado, and I should just know!
Kevin confessed later that he was thinking something about LOTR while we were hiking. So weird. I hate long movies.
Okay. That’s enough hiking for one day.
After all that, I needed a snack! My fro-dar had noticed something on the way to the trail:
Bling-bling! Fro-yo! And right on our path home!
Chocolate + Salted Caramel + Coffee fro-yo for me — animal crackers for Pippa Cordelia!
Do you like road trips? I can’t be the only one who dislikes them. My favorite part is drinking a giant fountain drink and usually eating some kind of black licorice candy! And yes, Boulder, is practically a road trip for me. This fall isn’t looking good for me since we have 2 dogs now… more driving to Minnesota! :/
What do you think is scarier — bears or snakes? I think snakes. They’re so creepy. I assume bears are just like a bigger even grumpier version of my bear cub, Boyd!
Are you an outdoors person? I know some of you are thinking that’s a pretty posh path. Baby steps! I wasn’t wearing flip-flops. Ask my mom. That’s progress!