Day 4 -- (Hike: Saddle, in Snow Canyon) This hike took us up to the tip of the mountain that looked like a horse saddle. It was another fun one with a good mix of rock... lot of sand, some red rock, slick rock, and even a bit of volcano rock hidden among the sand. The green trees against the red rock was so beautiful to see.
It was fun to get to know the people at the resort. I was surprised to meet a lot of people there who were staying for months at a time. One girl was there for a semester between her two college semesters, another girl was back for her second time (the first time she stayed for six months), Adam Levine's brother was staying in the room next to us (it was interesting talking to him), an event planner working for Mitt Romney was at the resort, the guy in the picture above wearing the orange Texas clothing in the front had been there a few weeks with plans to be there another 2 months. He had recently earned a pilot license and was required to lose a bunch of weight before he could start flying. It was fascinating talking to so many different people coming from such different places in life. It made me very grateful for the life I had and the many blessings I have been given throughout my life.
Dave and I on day 4 hike.
The picture above was a really cool spot to hike. It was through a wash that channeled four different types of sand into it (regular, red, white, and black).
Everyday we came back with our shoes filled with sand.
Friday our schedule was a little different. We were given the option to participate in a race or go on another hike. Dave and I chose the race. Dave ran the 5k and I did the 10k.
The picture above and below are of us getting ready for the big race!
I loved this part of our week. There is something renewing about running outside and hearing nothing but your feet hitting the pavement! Running is where I am able to work out my daily problems, relieve the stress in my life, and best able to listen to the whispering of the Holy Ghost. It is where I am given direction in my life and able to receive answers to my daily struggles. It is my getaway! It has been almost a year since I hurt my leg (stress fracture) and really had to slow my workouts down. The small town we are living in is on an Indian reservation. This means typical town laws don't apply here... a big one -- stray dogs are the norm. On my runs in town I am guaranteed to see at least 2 stray dogs, once a dog broke off its leash and started chasing me, I tried counting the amount of dogs that barked from their yard one day but, lost count only 3 or 4 minutes into my run (if I were to guess I would say the number was up around 20 -30). Needless to say it is not a relaxing experience (Don't worry mom, I only run on my treadmill now :)). During this 10k run I was reminded at just how much I NEED this in my life. I can't wait to move to our new house (which is in a new town). This town has 3 perfect running trials and a strict town law that requires all dogs to remain on a leash! Yay! I can't wait. It was a blessing throughout the week to exercise 5 -6 hours a day without feeling the effects on my stress fracture... after a year of healing it is finally better! Hallelujah!
Dave took first place in the 5k! I got second place in the 10k (in the picture above I am standing next to the first place gal -- Ann). It was a really fun race. One of my favorite things about this resort was the encouraging and uplifting environment. Everyone was so encouraging with one another. It was a great feel from the instructors and fellow visitors. Everyone of them was so positive with our individual health improvements. From what I heard this is the main thing separating the Utah resort from the various other resorts around the nation. It was a great place to be and a comfortable environment to try new things that I might otherwise hesitate with!
After lunch we decided to ditch out on the first two exercise classes and go for a bike ride together. It was fun. Possibly one of my favorite parts of the entire week. I have taken numerous spinning classes in the past 10 years but, haven't been on a bike since junior high... In case you didn't know, spinning bikes at the gym are way different than riding an actual bike on the road! Thankfully Dave was patient with me. I enjoyed spending the time with my husband and learning that I am not nearly as talented on the bike as I thought I was.
The exercise classes each day that were offered were really enjoyable. We went to a kickboxing class, HIIT, boot camp, barre (Dave chose the water class instead for that one, these water classes were not your typical granny class, they made for a good, solid workout). My favorite class was the triathlon class (Dave decided to go to kickball instead). The triathlon class was fun and exhausting all at the same time. I loved it!
Day 6 hike was called awesomecasm (ending on Red Mountain trial). This hike may possibly be the scariest hike I have ever been on in my life. Instead of our typical hiking guide, we were given her son and another outdoor enthusiast for the morning. They were clearly both hard core hikers. I originally walked past the van leaving for this hike when I heard one of the hiking guides describe the experience (more than once) as "extreme" and "has a big drop off". Early into the hike I possibly thought I might die but, tried to ignore the thought. We hiked straight up a slick rock, steep mountain side. The picture below is of Dave on his way up the mountain. I wish I got the view from the bottom. It was intense!
At the top of the hike is where things really got "extreme". Out of no where this 600 - 800 foot drop off shows up right next to you... um slightly creepy!
The views on this particular hike were breathtaking.
I am glad we decided to go on this hike. It was a beautiful experience but, not my favorite of the week.
At the end of the week Dave and I were both anxious to get back to our little ones and enjoy the real world again. It was a great experience. I am so happy with the decision we made to take this trip together and so thankful for my parents willingness to watch our 5 little ones while we went on this trip. I learned a lot about myself and was able to establish new health goals for myself and my family. It was great being with Dave. I am so blessed to be married to this man!
What did the kids to all week you might ask?
It sounds like they too had a blast during spring break! They went to a park every day, rented a bunch of movies, did some Geo caching with Michelle and Tyson, and had at least one dessert every night!
... The last night they ended up with 3 deserts and were pretty excited about it.
They also spend one of the days at the zoo!
A few other highlights were getting a box of doughnuts and being able to sample all of them and buying some new treasures at Ross.
It was such a fun spring break! A great get away from the regular routine of life.