!! Once again, we're going back in time to Sunday. Usually, that's because it's the only day that I actually remember to photograph all my meals, but today, it's because Sunday/Monday was an amazing experience that I want to remember for the rest of my life, as the title alludes to. But as you will soon see, the title has a couple of different references.
I was on the go pretty much all day Sunday, starting with the moment I woke up. I popped one of Brittany's energy bites
into my mouth before heading out the door for another 2ish (no, spellcheck, not
fish) mile run.
I hardly ever do anything before breakfast because I always wake up starving, but I knew I wouldn't have time to wait for my food to settle after breakfast and since I need to train for my 5k (more on that to come!), I hit the pavement.
My average was a little bit higher than last time, but I kept a slightly steadier speed so I was happy! I had to rest a few minutes after I got back because I CANNOT eat right after I run. But after about 15 minutes, the hunger monster was screaming so after my apple and green tea, I dug into some Fage 2% Greek yogurt with Kind blueberry vanilla clusters granola (my favorite).
Aaaaand a thick slice (the heal) of Rudi's double fiber bread smeared with Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter.
I don't normally photograph my apples because I know you've all seen what they look like before, but I thought this one was kind of adorable. Yes, fruit can be cute.
As soon as breakfast was down the hatch, I whipped out the door, took care of my horse, dogs, and cat, changed, and went for a quick ride on my horsey. After that, I grabbed another energy bite as I scooted out the door, and I was working by ten. At around one, I was starving, so I had one of my favorite protein bars:
I'm seriously in love with these. They're better than dessert. No joke. And the creamy peanut butter variety might be even better, if that's possible. At three my shift was over so I flew back home and had another quick snack of carrots + cherry tomatoes dipped in my favorite hummus. Then I was back on the road and headed to my best friend's house.
After I arrived, we chatted for a while, took her dog for a walk, and then had dinner. Her parents made an amazing pasta salad that had pasta (obviously), lentils, chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, and zucchini, parmesan cheese, and some kind of a balsamic dressing, I think. I really want to get the recipe! Then we watched King Kong (love that movie, I think Kong is adorable). During it, we had dessert, and I had a tangerine fruit pop. For some reason, I'm not a huge fan of oranges (I like them, they're just not my favorite; though sometimes those mini tangerines are AMAZING), but I adore orange flavored desserts/candy.
The movie was great, but we stopped it and had the lights out by ten. I know what you're thinking. Going to bed at ten at a friend's house?!? Yeah, but we had good reason. You see, at 2:30 (yes, 2:30 AM) our alarms went off and we hopped (well, um, more like stumbled) out of bed. Think we're crazy yet? Well, we had to get up that early if we wanted to go for our sunrise hike! Yup, we ate some breakfast (I tried this great grains cereal they had - it was pretty good!), piled in the car, and by 4:00 we were on the trail!
We wanted to be hiking by 3:30, but we kind of got lost. We thought we had gone too far, so we turned around and thought it was this other road. But it ended up looking kind of sketchy so we got off of it and went back to where we were. It turned out that the trail was literally right around the corner from where we initially turned around! Go figure.
In spite of getting about four hours of sleep, we were pretty wide awake! And it was a good thing because we came across some pretty rocky spots on the trail. It was supposedly a 5 mile hike round trip, but it sure felt longer than that! We eventually made it to the side of the mountain and our eyes met some amazing night views of our town. As the sun began to rise, brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and pink spilled into the picture. Unfortunately, most of the early pictures didn't turn out, but I don't think I will ever forget the views.
At about 5:30, we were sitting on top of the mountain, and the sun was just beginning to peak over the clouds. We sat up there for about an hour, breathing in the gorgeous views and snacking on goldfish, grapes, and warm chocolate (the thermos kept it from getting cold but didn't exactly keep it hot!).
The way down was much quicker as it always it is, and we talked non-stop the whole time. It was amazing how different the trail looked in the day-light! And of course, the views were just as gorgeous but looked completely different as well. We all decided that we were definitely going to be sore the next day, and I know I was. SO incredibly worth it though. I'll let some pictures do the rest of the talking about the hike. Prepare to be bombarded. I'm way too indecisive when it comes to pictures. Though considering I took about 175 pictures, this is really cutting back!
Finally caught a view of the top!
Rocks we had to climb to get to the top.
More rocks to climb!
Views from the top.
Literally on top of the world!
Adorable little fella' that kept us company the entire time we were up there.
View on the way back down.
So for a small chunk of time this past Monday, I felt on top of the world in two ways - literally and because I was surrounded with two people (my best friend and her sister) that I have known for the past 14 years of my life, who I view as my sisters, and who I love to death.
When we got back to their house, we finished our movie with some cheese and crackers, but we had all fallen asleep by the end. That was our cue that we needed a bit more sleep so we snoozed the next hour and a half away. We ended our time together by making and munching on some absolutely delicious pretzels (the soft kind). I couldn't have asked for a more perfect time with two amazing people who will always be a part of my life.
Have you ever done a sunrise hike?
Is anyone else picture obsessed? My parents have nick-named me the happy clicker... and for a good reason. In my defense, each angle offers a different view of the same scene, and no angle should be left un-pictured. Right? Right?