Where We’ve Been Lately

We were recently reminded that we hadn’t posted anything to our travel blog in awhile.  It’s not that we haven’t been busy (and traveling); it’s just that we’ve been busy!  In an attempt to catch up and document a few of the highlights of the past few months, this post will be a mishmash of fun stuff.

The Holidays

After our time in Greece, we hung around Prescott for the holidays. It was nice to spend time with family, do the traditional holiday things, and play in the New Years Eve snow.

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Dad and Will at Thanksgiving

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Will loves Dad and grandpa Rod

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Lauren joined us for a weekend of holiday fun!

 

 

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Judy’s Christmas Present

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Nica loves Grandpa Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heaviest snow so far this year didn’t stop us from hosting a neighborhood NYE party.  Steve dug a path from each neighbor’s door to our door so there were no excuses!

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Steve shoveling on New Year’s Eve

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Our patio on NYE

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Brenda White and I share the same resolution!

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Rick and Steve do too!

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Sheri and Peggy celebrating

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Sheri and I are the NYE queens!

Our hike back into the forest on virgin white snow on New Year’s Day was also unforgettable.

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Steve the hiker

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Gorgeous fresh powder

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Our beautiful neighborhood

Hiking the Prescott Circle Trail

When the weather has cooperated, we’ve been hitting our local trails, either by foot or on bike. One challenge we’ve set for this year is to hike/run the 55-mile Prescott Circle Trail.  So far we’ve covered several segments, and we look forward to exploring more as the year progresses.  We’ve even had some friends join us along the way. Below is a photo of our neighbor Peggy joining us for a segment. Steve plans to do a one-day run of the entire loop later this spring, so our hikes have been his reconnaissance.

January Jam

In January we made the pilgrimage to Rocky Point, Mexico to celebrate January Jam with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and some of our best friends.  Our neighbor Sheri joined us for her first RCPM experience, so we tried to show her the very best of our home away from home. We ate, drank, sang, shopped, walked the beach, did yoga, visited new places (check out the photos from the hole-in-the-wall bakery we found), and had an overall great time.

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Michelle, Sheri and I at KM13 – Give a little, Get a little

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Sunset on the patio with Sheri, Nancy, and Nica

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Jill, Nancy, Sandy, me, Steve, and Mike at Sonoran Grill for burgers

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Concert #1 with Michelle, Owen, and Sheri

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Roger Clyne in action, concert #2 at Banditos

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Michelle, Owen, Steve and I at concert #3, Wrecked at the Reef

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Cool, hidden away bakery in Peñasco

We Lost Our Baby

Shortly after returning home from Mexico, our little dog Nica got really sick.  Within 36 hours she went from normal to gone. The vet says she got some kind of bug of unknown origin, got dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea, and just couldn’t recover.  At less than six pounds, she didn’t have much to fight with.  IMG_3239They don’t think it was anything from our travels south, but we really don’t know what took her from us. Nica gave us seven awesome years of fun.  Her energy, personality, and sometimes annoying habits (anyone missing a sock?) are sadly missed.  Sister Mia is helping us through the loss, and she’s loving the extra attention.IMG_3236

The Year of Marathons

Steve has set a goal of running a marathon a month in 2019.  So, the year ahead will be filled with blog posts related to running events. His first marathon of the year was successfully completed in Charleston, South Carolina on January 12.

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Steve crossing the finish line

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Touring Charleston

I also ran the Shrimp and Grits 5K, which was held simultaneous to the marathon. Since we traveled so far, we enjoyed a few extra days in the city, which allowed us to learn about a part of the country we’d never visited.

New Orleans was the site of the February race and on the 10th, Steve completed his second marathon of the year, and I completed the 10K.

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Crossing the February Finish Line

But the races were just a small part of this trip, which also included time on Bourbon Street, a Mardi Gras parade, and a visit to the National World War II museum, which is not to be missed.

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Mardi Gras Fun

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Okay, Bourbon Street was a little fun!

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Krewe of Chewbacca Mardi Gras Parade

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Pacific Theater at the WWII Museum

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Dad was in Leyte Gulf during WWII

We’ve got quite a few more adventures planned in the coming months.  We’ll also be in Prescott in between, spending time with Dad and enjoying our beautiful hometown. Stay tuned for more fun!

 

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