An accomplished Sunday

I am fortunate enough to live on the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap. If you don’t know what that is, it is a split between two huge mountains that separates NJ and PA. If you are a frequenter to the Poconos or to NYC then you’ve probably traveled through this iconic landmark along the way. A large portion of Mount Tammany (the mountain on the Jersey side) is actually part of my family’s tree farm.

Today one of my old friends and I went for a hike through the gap. We started at the bottom by the river and climbed about a mile and half to the top, and then about a mile and a half back around to the bottom.

It was intense. Brisk burn-your-chest air actually felt really good in my lungs, and my legs burned like no other. The best part about this trail was that it was super steep all the way to the top but then levels out and eases you down the back-side of the mountain. A great way to heat up and sweat and then cool down on the way to the car! Im going to be sore tomorrow for sure, and Im totally looking forward to it.

I was thoughtful today and grabbed my fancy camera for fun pictures. Too bad I haven’t charged it in a month…Nobody’s perfect.

My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
Our view of the PA side from the top.
Our view of the PA side from the top.

It was chilly today, and even flurried on us while we climbed to the top. I definitely broke a sweat, but got kind of chilly on the way back down the trail.

We planned on having lunch after our hike and decided Panera was a good choice for a hot drink and a soup.

I had a chai tea latte. Sometimes they are too sweet for me, but this was perfect for today, and seemed extra spicy.

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For lunch, a spicy tomato soup with focaccia croutons (oh baby did I break my wheat rule), and a thai chicken salad with peanuty dressing and pickled vegetables.  soupsalad

I did indulge in the croutons in the soup, but avoided the fried noodles in the salad. I guess I just was picky. This lunch completely hit the spot after such an awesome workout.

I’m just tying up some loose ends tonight. A few freelance flyers to finish up and some laundry.
Full week of work ahead of me!

How did you guys spend your weekend?

The best exercise

Yesterday I got on my snowboard for the first time in over 2 years! I was a little nervous at first because its been so long.. but it was amazing! Its like riding a bike…you never forget. Your muscles learn this skill and never let it go.

My friend Ashley always wanted to learn how to board but never actually tried. This year, her bf bought her a snowboard for Christmas, strapped her into it and forced her onto the hill. She liked it, but needed someone to give her some tips and help her out (he’s a skier, not a boarder).

Ashley on the bunny hill
Ashley on the bunny hill

I took her to the dreaded bunny hill first. Bunny hills scare me – I think they are more dangerous than the easy trails on the mountain. Crazy kids flying all over the place, adults who have never been on skis in their lives, and nutty parents who let their kids do whatever they want. Not safe. But, I wanted to see what she was capable of before taking her up to the top of a mountain.

She had better balance than any other beginner I’ve seen, but still didn’t have any control. I taught her how to roll and do somersaults with a snowboard attached to her feet. It helped her tremendously because she was having a hard time positioning herself safely to stand up on the hill, and I taught her how to focus her weight on her dominant leg. She started improving immediately.

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Together on the mountain. It was gorgeous.

We went to the top of the mountain and had an amazing time. I taught her how to use her arms for balance, and how to glide around. By the end of the day she was gracefully sliding down the mountain without any falls. It was amazing and rewarding. She felt like she knew what she was doing and I felt like I had accomplished something.

My body is happily soar, and grateful for the extra activity. Snowboarding is a full body workout.  I can’t wait to go back. I missed it!

Its beautiful and sunny here after our 6inches of snow.

How is everyones weekend?