biking in the city….

Last Friday, I was in the big city. #thebigapple #nyc I hadn’t been there in years. I haven’t spent a lot of time there, but I was open to doing whatever. My brother had never been so we had to do a few things, but nothing in particular. We started with a nightmarish challenge of getting on the subway. I have been on more than a few subways in my day, but that one I couldn’t make heads or tails of. Luckily, we found our way. First stop was to see lady liberty from a free ferry ride. We didn’t have time to take a tour to see her and I have only seen her from the free ferry. Then, we walked around Wall Street and toured some historical stuff. Right when it was time to find some food and I was starving, we found Eataly. I wanted to eat there, but I had no idea where it was in the city. The next day, it was time for a little fun. The sun had come out. Everywhere we turned in the tourist hot spots, people wanted to sell us a bus tour.  It got really old saying NO! However, my feet work just fine and I didn’t want to ride any bus. When we approached central park and they wanted to rent us bikes though, I was all over it. What a fun way to spend the next few hours. We rented the bikes for 2 hours and they gave us an extra free hour. We were able to bike around the entire park and have a light lunch. We never would have seen so much of the area on foot. It was a blast. Biking is always fun and many cities are opening up this possibility. We rented from a store front, but many cities now rent bikes with a credit card off racks.

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It’s May.

May is coming in gorgeous here in Idaho. It has been cold and unpredictable, but it’s going to get warm this week. The end of school performances are in full swing. Last week, we had to get a sick child to a concert. When your team is counting on you, then you have to show up even if you didn’t go to school most of the week. For the record, Robitussin non-drowsy kind still makes a teenager sleepy. I’ve never tasted that junk so I wouldn’t know. Yesterday everyone in town was out on a walk or a bike ride. Nice weather brings out neighbors you haven’t seen in months or haven’t even ever laid eyes on.

Spring break hiking

Our spring break plan of getting in one last ski day and trying out Alta, Utah was ruined due to big snow. Some people revel in those conditions, but not all and you need to keep the comfort of all in mind. I didn’t want to torture my children so we didn’t ski. We got to the parking lot and left. The news reported 10 inches that day. When we got to Southern Utah, the rest of the week had to get planned around the weather. It can be awfully windy there and you can have summer and winter in the same day. We had a window on Wednesday.  It started out chilly, but it was 70 degrees at the end. Pretty close to perfect. It was incredibly busy. On our last day, we woke to 5 inches of fresh snow in the hometown. I grew up in the area and go frequently, but I still marvel at the majesty of Zion National Park. We packed a lot of provisions. Sandwiches, granola bars, and h20. You won’t last long in summer conditions without lots of water, but you need to pack smart on a cool day too.

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Heading down on Angels’ landing trail

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Walter’s Wiggles 

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The trailhead

4th graders get in free….

One of the best travel deals in the planet is to visit the national parks. I grew up in the heart of color country in Utah so I’m a huge fan. I lived and worked in Zion National Park when I turned 18 and I continue to go there every chance I get. A few years ago, President Obama created a program for fourth graders to get into the parks for free. As my youngest child is a 4th grader, we just printed off our pass that will expire on Aug. 31, 2017. I often purchase a year pass, but it all depends on how often I can put it into use. Senior citizens get an absolutely awesome lifetime pass for $10 when they hit 62 years of age. I doubt I have any other 4th graders that read my blog except maybe my own once a year, but in case you know any. https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ #optoutside

It is almost spring break around here….

We have so much on our spring break agenda. There are so many more things I want to do, but I don’t think I can squeeze them in with only one week in which to do it. It was a very snowy winter around here, but the snow down low is gone and it is warming up. Our lives are dictated by school schedules for the most part and summer is coming. If you are not on your game with summer activities, then you miss the boat. I was too late to sign my daughter up for a coed church camp, then we looked at alternate ideas and they were totally full. It’s a good thing she didn’t want to go, but I wanted her to go. Oh well. I feel pretty confident that they will be dragged on a few hikes and walkabouts. I also know that when back to school rolls around, I will be very happy they have some structure again.

I got a personal trainer recently….

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Sun Valley, Idaho

Many moons ago, I married an Idaho guy. We came to Sun Valley once and never managed to make it back. We finally did and it’s a wonderful ski destination. We used our Mountain Collective passes and had a blast. 🌞⛷🌞⛷🌞⛷