Luckily, we have friends who feel the same way! While planning our relay weekend, we decided that we wanted to extend the trip and go camping and kayaking the day after the relay. This is why there was so much packing and re-packing of the van and our cars, ha.
While driving through Vermont, I was not the driver
Vermont is a New England state that I haven't spent a lot of extended time in, Connecticut is probably the one that is lacking the most love, so it was fun for me to explore this state some more. Growing up my family would go camping, and not in a campground kind of camping, and we had kayaks when we were a little bit older.
Mike, on the other hand, had never been camping before and has only kayaked once with my family. And he tipped over when my dad was chasing him, in the ocean. I was slightly worried that Mike wasn't going to have a good time, especially since the rest of us have gone kayaking and camping numerous times, but he was a trooper and only said "it's fine" a few times while kayaking.
The rest of our weekend consisted of kayaking 6 miles on the Connecticut River, which is the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, eating extremely yummy food (we had the BEST omelets ever at Johnny Boy's Pancake House in Rutland) and getting in some final workouts before leaving the wonderful state of Vermont, and our friends.
Look at Mike's "it's fine" face and how he paddles
I did not partake in the rope swing
Jumping in the Connecticut River
Camping was really fun! We camped at Wilgus State Park, which was a really nice campground. We had turkey hot dogs, s'mores and tried mountain pies (we did dessert ones with cherry and strawberry filling) and played some games.
These are all Crystal's photos, but I ate almost the same things!
In the morning, Mike and I went for a 1 mile swim in the Connecticut River while Janell and Crystal went for a shake out run (I don't even know if I would have been able to run if I tried, I got over being sore from the relay on Wednesday). While we were swimming, I saw some people in bright pink and it was them! We all waved to each other and continued on with our workouts.
The Connecticut River
We ended the trip with some more delicious food at a diner in Springfield, Vermont.
I had such an amazing weekend and it was a great end to my summer (I am actually back at work today)! I was so sad when the 6 of us went our separate ways, but Mike and I only have about a month until we see Crystal again and then two months before we run the MDI Marathon with Crystal and Joe will be there too. I know we'll see Janell and Aaron again, hopefully we will all get together sometime in December!
I hope you didn't think we forgot the jump photos! It was a struggle for me to jump, ha!
I'm really thankful we have such great friends and no matter where we all end up, we'll be friends for life!