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an active vacation = happiness

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I grew up downhill skiing in Minnesota. My parents have a time share in CO and there's an annual trip of uncles, cousins and siblings. Since having kids, I have not been a part of those trips. They were talking about it on Christmas and there was a great deal on airfare so DH and I made a semi-last minute decision and booked a trip. Our last ski trip was 5 years ago. Our last week + long trip was our honeymoon, 6 years ago. We've never left the kids for 5 days. This was a big deal for us.

And it was worth every penny. I soaked up each moment. Here are some highlights so you can enjoy the beauty and so I can relive it all. I'm sorry I don't know how to rotate these.

This is in the Back Bowls of Vail with DH and my sister. You look left and all you see are huge mountains. You look right and all you see are huge mountains. You feel on top of the world.

Me and my sister. We had a blast. She goes every year so I was annoyed by how much better she was than me. I blamed it on being a mom and now I ski with more caution. No more bombing the run! She beat me in every race. Except uphill! When we were on catwalks that needed some cross country type moves, my cardio was better. ha! Sibling rivalry always in our family. But seriously, my running did help. My quads felt fine for the most part. Being in good shape allows you to do active stuff with relative ease. And enjoy it!

DH and I went on 2 runs. Holy hard! Altitude training is crazy tough. I wanted my legs to move faster. I knew they could, but if I made them, my lungs felt like they were going to burst. It reminded me of when I first started running. We ran 5.5 miles along Gore Creek at the base of the mountain and it was breathtaking.

The 2nd run was shorter and silly and super fun. We got up early and toured the little shopping villages. You sure can cover ground as a tourist when you're on an early morning run. We jogged past the fancy shops and window browsed. We watched the bakery trucks make their deliveries. We stopped to take pics.

We took some wrong turn and when a sign said "No outlet" we figured it meant for the right fork in the road. After struggling uphill we suddenly found ourselves ON the mountain. The groomed part for skiers! whoops. Turning back would have been awful so we looked at each other and made a mad dash for it. We must've looked ridiculous sprinting down the middle of the slope. I wish I would've gotten a picture but I was too scared that we'd get in trouble. It was a highlight of the trip.

We sat outside at the end of the day and drank margaritas and watched all the skiers come in. Sun, good company, a good drink and even some chips and guac! Bliss.

I took a yoga class where I got a lot of personal attention that helped change several important poses for me. Loved it. My sister I and went to a Barre class. I've been hearing a lot about it lately and we were curious. It was fun, but nothing I'd seek out or ever pay extra for.

It was vacation at its best. I indulged in quality food and treats. But I also was pretty active. Such a good balance. Life is good.

And now I'm ready for Spring.
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    emoticon Glad to hear you had so much fun
    Beautiful pics
    1909 days ago
    What a fun trip! Glad you and DH were able to get away and spend some quality time. Active vacations are good - I think once you become an active person you can't even help it!
    1911 days ago
    That looks like so much fun! Glad to hear you had a blast!
    1911 days ago
    Wow, it sounds like you had an awesome trip. As an added bonus it sounds like it was totally active - yay, for you! Hope you enjoyed the brief time away from the kids (we all need it from time to time) and that you're feeling energized. Life really is good!
    1911 days ago
    I love active vacation. The guy that I live with hates them. He see no point in walking when cabs are available. I want to walk places when I'm on vacation. I want to swim, hike, etc. I haven't gone skiing since I was a teen, but I would love to have the money and opportunity to go, again. The biggest disagreements that my ex-boyfriend and I have are over our different approach to vacations. I go on vacations very rarely and hate that when I'm on them with him I feel trapped since he never wants to walk anywhere. I suppose that trapped feeling is part of the reason that I want to walk the AP trail.
    1911 days ago
    Looks like so much fun!! I am so happy for you!
    1911 days ago
    Great vacation and great blog - the skiing, the running, the scenery, the company and even margaritas. Perfect!
    1911 days ago
    Wow! Fun, fun and nothing but fun! I'm so glad you had such a great time! Life at its best!
    Filling your vacation with all these enjoyable fitness activities can really make a difference, especially when you are with people you love. And the mountains offer the best landscape for all this. I've never tried skiing and I would really like to check out how fit I really am since it requires a high level of fitness.
    I wish you are able to repeat this next year! And as we wait for spring to join us, why not plan something for this beautiful season as well?
    1912 days ago
    Wow, sounds like a great trip. I haven't taken a trip with my hubby without our daughter in 6 I can imagine how you felt! emoticon
    1912 days ago
    Wow, that sounds like fun (except for the skiing, I am NOT a skier). CO is beautiful and we are hoping to go out there again this summer. I was AMAZED at how much the altitude does effect us midwesteners out there when trying to exercise.
    1912 days ago
    what fun!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1912 days ago
    awesome, looks like a ton of fun!
    1912 days ago
    We do a family ski trip every year to a small ski hill in MI. It is so much fun! Thanks for sharing the pics and stories, glad you had such a great time! Get out skiing some more so you can beat your sister! If you get your kids out there it won't be long until you're trying to keep up with the kids instead of keeping up with your sister!
    1912 days ago
    Look's like you had a great time on your vacation!
    1912 days ago
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