Since Preston is able to drive now, we decided to load up my new truck and take a small road trip. He drove the whole way. We started with a drive to Colorado Bend State Park. It’s about 2.5 hours away and is a large area on the Colorado River.
We ended up mountain biking some intermediate trails for 3 hours. We were sore, tired, and hungry when we were finished. Here’s a view from Strava and a couple of pictures in front of Gorman Falls in the park.
That night we stayed in Lampasas, Texas in a small hotel. We had a nice dinner, watched basketball, and fell asleep to a movie. The next day we drove to Pedernales State Park. Traffic was backed up almost a mile outside of the gate. We made a game time call and went to Walnut Creek Park in Austin instead. We’ve ridden there many times, but the trails weave all directions so we always get lost. Our sore bodies only lasted 6 miles before we called it a day.
We headed back to Mexico for a week. This time we stayed on Isla Mujeres, which is a small island East of Cancun. After a 30 minute taxi to the ferry terminal, it’s just 8 miles to the island. It’s a small island – about 1 mile wide and 10 miles long.
This is an evening and morning view from our balcony.
Everyday was the same. We’d head out for a walk to somewhere on the island early morning. Some days we’d go 4 miles, some days 8 miles…. we didn’t have a time schedule. The picture below is a bar at the southern tip.
These are from the Eastern shore.
This is up the peninsula…. Tracy is a stray dog magnet.
This is the front door of a house close to town.
Every afternoon was spent on the beach or by the pool. Eating lots of food and drinking nice cocktails.
One afternoon while the lady next to us napped; a large iguana jumped up between her legs. We quietly woke her up and suggested that she crawl forward off her lounge, but not before I got the camera out. My mom would have loved to have been there 🙂
Here’s Tracy a few minutes later feeding him. Every day he sat on the back of the same lounge. I guess he felt it was reserved for him.
We ate outside every night – not a bit of rain. After dinner, we’d lounge around and enjoy the sunset, play pool, or participate in the evening entertainment.
It was nice waking up without having to put in miles. I still woke up extremely early, but rather than packing up a tent, I made coffee and caught up on the news. We had a relaxing morning but headed to Mt Elbert Trailhead around 9am. We climbed to 12,000ft, just above tree line and stopped there since there was a storm coming in later in the afternoon.
After heading home to clean up, we headed to the new brewery in town and met my friend Mark and his girlfriend Danielle . He’s running the race also. The rain came later and the temperature drooped about 15 degrees so we spent a few hours at the brewery.
The Leadville greeter, James, was there also. He’s an interesting guy.
On the way home, we got a look the mountains and all of them had a fresh dusting of snow.
For the next two weeks I will be kayaking with my brother and four friends in glacier bay.
It was impossible to make it all the way there in one day so I spent last night on Seattle. I was hoping to have dinner with my friend Todd, but he suggested that we go to the mariners game. That sounded great and he came through with rock star seats. I was staying in Tacoma and dreaded the long drive at rush hour so the doorman suggested I take the express bus. For less than $8 the bus took me almost door to door on less that an hour.
We were joined by his friend Reggie. The weather couldn’t have been better and the mariners won. This is a picture from our seats.
I’ll meet everyone at the airport this afternoon and we are off to Alaska
My flight is not until this evening so I thought I’d check out Sante Fe on the way to the airport. After an awesome breakfast at a place I found online, I decided to wander around downtown. Lots of churches and art galleries but there was also a car show going on. Some of my favorites from the event below.