Here is what we have been doing...
Celebrating our freedoms and great nation by visiting Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. over the Fourth of July.
We have some family that moved to Maryland two years ago and we miss them terribly! So we decided to pay them a visit. We spent a week sight-seeing, playing, hiking,eating crab and racing. Did I just say racing? Yeah, I did. Ever heard of an 8k? Me either. Well, it's a 4.97 mile race and we had the opportunity to do one in Leesburg Virginia. It was called the Run for Freedom 8k and it was scenic, humid and a blast to complete. We usually kick off the Fourth weekend by running the Sandy City Independence 10k so this race took its place. One thing we noticed about "east coasters" is that they are VERY patriotic. Before the race began they played the National Anthem and there was not a sound amongst the crowd. It gives me chills remembering this. These people were so close to the 9-11 tragedy and were greatly affected with the aftermath I'm sure. They spent a moment in somber silence as we listened to the anthem.
|On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial|
After our week at home from Maryland we traveled to Newport Oregon with Justin's family the following week. We had rented a condo on the beach and planned to spend time visiting light houses, beaches and of course tide pools. Besides the 15 hour drive it takes to get there, Oregon is a beautiful place. We stayed in Bend Oregon for a night before heading to Newport. I LOVE bend! This place is amazing. It is small (but big enough), clean and beautiful. The town is made for the outdoor enthusiast. Everywhere you look there is a bike, kayak or trail. Bike lanes, mountain bike trails, paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking is what this town is all about. The Deshutes river flows through the town and makes it green. Trees are everywhere yet you can still see landmarks (unlike the East Coast where you have no idea where you are). You can see Mount Hood, Washington, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor and Three Fingered Jack from the top of Pilot Butte (an extinct volcano). Sooooo coool! I think I will move here ;-)!
|On top of Pilot Butte with the amazing views of the surrounding peaks|
|Overlooking the Deshutes River in Bend|
|Overlooking the ocean at Newport Coast|
Next race report....Utah Half (August 27)!