Postcards from the Road

We recently have just come off our summer vacation. I think this was one of my favorite vacations to date. We rarely get the opportunity to visit with Julie’s family as they live far away. Rather than blah, blah, blah about what we did while on vacation I’m going with a different approach. I think you’ll be able to travel right along with us via postcards from our 2,737 mile journey. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Cheers………..

July 10th-13th:

And we didn't even shoot our eye out!
And we didn’t even shoot our eye out!

Postcard Toledo

July 13th-16th:

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July 16th-20th:

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July 20th-21st:

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Vermont, Covered Bridges, Taking a Break:

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Image taken from Google

By time you read this I will be on my way to Vermont with some friends so we can take part in running the Vermont ‘Covered Bridges” half Marathon on Sunday. Even more so I’m looking forward to running it for fun and not time.

Lately I feel burned out and that I need a break. Running seems to have morphed into a job and I miss just running for fun and social engagement. Just this past week I’ve dropped my mileage considerably and will continue to do so throughout the summer. It feels great! Last August I learned a valuable lesson during the Catherine Valley half marathon, I hate the heat and humidity. As the warmer weather approaches I get quite obsessed with my passion to be out in my canoe or kayak either by myself or with family and friends. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the things we would like to.

My goal right now for this summer is to run 3 or 4 days each week, logging maybe 25 miles. Im just going to let my body and mind run the show.

So this Sunday’s race will conclude any racing for me until the fall and then again maybe until next April. I firmly believe we all need a break periodically.

Cheers and Happy Running!

Day Trip: The Finger Lakes

Our day started early with a trip to the car dealership in Horseheads. I wasn’t happy with the tires that came on our new car so I had them changed. Since we were so close to the Finger Lakes we decided to make an afternoon of it. After leaving the dealership we made our way through Watkins Glen driving route 14 along the west shore of Seneca Lake. We had our stomachs set on lunch at Fox Run Vineyards only to be disappointed when we arrived to find the cafe was closed until April 1st. Starving we decided to hit up Eddie O’Brien’s in Geneva. Once seated I ordered a pint of Climbing Bines pale ale which is located in Penn Yan. For lunch I went with my favorite the “Bacon, Egg & Cheese” burger and Julie had the french dip. The food was wonderful, the company even better and peering out the window a snow squall had enveloped the city of Geneva.

Bacon, Egg & Cheese burger at Eddie O'Brien's in Geneva, NY.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese burger at Eddie O’Brien’s in Geneva, NY.

After lunch we left Geneva and made the short trip to Vintosa Vineyards where we tasted some pretty darn good wine. Departing Vintosa with a bottle of their 2013 Riesling and now driving south on the east side of Seneca Lake we opted to head towards Ithaca. As we got closer to Ithaca a quick stop was made at Taughannock Falls for a glimpse of the 215 foot splendor. https://youtu.be/PY4BeH6b1n8

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Our Ithaca destination was the amazingly awesome Purity Ice Cream.

Brownie Sundae with chocolate peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. Yeah I know awesome!
Brownie Sundae with chocolate peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. Yeah I know awesome!

After ice cream we made our way home where our two teenage boys didn’t disappoint. The house was a mess when we returned.

Here is to our next adventure!

 

2015: #TBT

I cannot help reflecting on the year 2015 as it has been pretty awesome with only a few bumps along the way. The first quarter was brutally cold and snowy here in New York. However things thawed a bit in April as our team “Liar, Liar, Feet on Fire” placed 3rd overall at the ever popular Seneca 7 relay race in Geneva. In June I purchased an ultra light Hornbeck “New Tricks 12” canoe and spent time camping with my sons.

Our family enjoyed summer vacation in Lake George and Lake Placid where Michael and I hiked our first high peak together “Whiteface Mountain”. Julie and I spent 5 days in Charleston South Carolina taking in the food , history and culture. Friend Jerry Albertie and I kayaked 31 miles of the Delaware River over two days. I played witness to the return of Nickel Plate Road #765 steam engine as it roared crossed the Southern Tier on its journey from Buffalo to Binghamton and other points. My boys and I continued our annual “Guys Getaway” to Vermont in August and it was on this trip that I would photograph my first moose in the wild. I also won a canoe in a raffle. In late September I returned to the Adirondacks for a guided canoe camping trip in the recently acquired “Essex Chain of Lakes” afterwards continuing onto Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine where I would photograph several more moose in the wild.

Over the Columbus Day weekend our family spent time in Old Forge, NY canoeing and hiking under a canopy of fall color. The Thanksgiving holiday would be spent with family on Long Island and Christmas here in our home was wonderful.

Over the course of 2015 I was blessed with the ability to run 1,290 miles, burning over 200,000 calories. My last race of 2015 was on December 13th a 5K here in Binghamton where I would have my best showing of the year. Finally today December 31st after finishing my last workout for the year I would just break 200 miles for the month.

Looking back at 2015 I am very lucky to have such wonderful family and friends. I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2016.

Cheers!