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Just Another Manic Monday

July 19, 2010

Well, we’re back!  Our weekend adventure in Glenwood Springs was so refreshing and I certainly wished I was still there when my alarm went off at 6:45.  Back to reality, and running.

  • Mile 1 – 9:43
  • Mile 2 – 9:25
  • Mile 3 – 9:15
  • Mile 3-3.5 – 4:30 (9:02 pace)

Booya!  The best part about runs like this is that I don’t even know I’m getting faster and faster because Joey wears the Garmin.  I guess that vacation really helped :)

Let’s rewind now, shall we?

I can barely remember Friday it seems so long ago but looking back through my pictures I DO remember Friday’s dinner!

Kale Chips + Sweet Potato with Honey

Do you see that shiny gleam on the potato?  That would be Honeyville Whipped Wildflower Honey.  This particular jar, which I may or may not have stolen borrowed from my sister, is cinnamon and OH.SO.GOOD!  It’s made in Durango, Colorado — cool huh?

Saturday morning I got in a quick lifting/stretching session, chowed down on a giant bowl of Peace Cereal + fruit (banana, blueberry, peach to be exact) and climbed into the car for a 3 hour 40 minute drive to Rifle Gap.  Check-in for our hotel in Glenwood wasn’t until 4 so we had time to kill and decided to spend it with Joey’s family who was camping in Rifle, which is only 20ish minutes from Glenwood.

A surprise birthday celebration ensued for yours truly.  Due to the short notice that we would be coming to the campsite everyone had to improvise with homemade cards that turned out to be so so cute :)  Cake and ice cream was consumed and Puppy was a big hit with everyone.

We took a ride out to see “The Falls” — there’s probably a technical name for these but I have no idea what it is.

It was so much cooler here than at the campsite and it felt so nice!  We walked around and ended up above the falls and found a way to walk behind them too.  Good thing I forgot my camera and only have this phone picture to share…

There was a huge wildfire not too far from the campsite.  It may look like a huge cloud but that’s really a cloud of smoke.  It was huge!

We finally got into Glenwood around 5 PM and took a few minutes to relax in our room with my family and discuss where to go to dinner.

The Hotel Colorado is an old hotel with a neat history — Teddy Roosevelt used to stay there frequently and now you can even stay in his old room, BUT we all found the hotel to be outdated and a little rundown.  Time for a mini rant: No air conditioning = miserable, the tub wouldn’t drain, the wireless connection barely worked and don’t even bother trying the hotel restaurant.  The service is slow and the food is OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced considering it’s not great.  Pros: it’s pet friendly and RIGHT across the street from the hot springs pool.

We took a peek at the pool as we walked over to the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company for dinner.

The legal drinkers shared a taster plate that came with 8 4-oz. servings of beer.  Myfavorites were the Hanging Lake Honey Ale and the Grizzly Creek Raspberry Wheat, mmm!

We thought it was funny how small the glass looked in Joey’s hand

Don’t I look angelic, ha ha

Beanie’s pizza was rather small

But it turned out to be tasty nevertheless

I got a portabello sandwich that came with red bell peppers and provolone on a kaiser roll.  For my side I chose the black bean and corn salad — it was yummy!

BEAUTIFUL sunset over the bridge :)

We walked over to the Daily Bread for breakfast where I proceeded to stuff my face with eggs, home fries and toast.  They had homemade salsa and homemade plum jam and both were so good!  I think we went through 2 jars of the salsa.

The ENTIRE day was spent floating around in the pool.  It was thee PERFECT temperature and it was so easy to spend hours in there!  I particularly enjoyed floating on my back while my dad massaged my feet and my mom massaged my neck/shoulders.  What can I say, having to massage therapist parents is AWESOME!

We ate lunch at the pool grill, which I DO NOT recommend!  Beanie and I got veggie wraps and numerous ingredients were missing and Beanie found a piece of bacon in hers!

Joey and I reluctantly headed back to the hotel around 5 to shower, pack up and head home :(

We picked up Qdoba for dinner.  I got a salad with black beans, veggies, corn and mango salsa.  I ordered the dressing on the side but ended up not using it.

And now here I am back home with my trusty oatmeal in hand

I mixed in a few frozen strawberries and let them heat up then topped with whipped honey (duh), PB and Just Bunches

Ahhh, swimming in honey

I have a list of things to do before we leave for Vegas/California on Thursday so I’m off!

Happy Manic Marvelous Monday!

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  1. July 19, 2010 7:36 PM

    Looks like you had a great time in Glenwood! My family and I go up there every year in some capacity. We used to go after christmas for a few days of skiing awesomeness, but now we tend to go up in the summer and chillax, do some hiking (the Hanging Lake hike is AWESOME), and of course swimming at the hot springs. It’s such a gorgeous area…and I’ll be there in about a month! Seeing your pictures makes me even more excited. :)

    • July 19, 2010 10:31 PM

      We’ve done the Hanging Lake hike a few times and it’s always been great. There’s also a bike trail we did once and that I’d love to do again, but the hot springs are a MUST!

  2. July 19, 2010 11:51 PM

    What a great weekend! That hot spring pool looks awesome. I loooove qdoba!! almost as much as I looove chipotle!

    • July 20, 2010 4:27 PM

      Oh believe me, if there had been a Chipotle we certainly would have been there instead!

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