Friday, August 23, 2013

I LoVermont Runcation

Mike and I aren't the kind of people that go on relaxing vacations. We probably would enjoy them, but we always end up swimming, hiking and walking around. Even when we went on our honeymoon (and we weren't runners back then) we went on a walking tour of Key West. Of course, there is always some relaxing, but we'd rather be on the move seeing the sights.

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

The kayaking trip took us between 3-4 hours, none of us were timing it, and it included a stop at a rope swing. Mike really enjoyed this part, haha. Joe even tried to do SUK, an acronym that Janell came up with, where he tried to use his kayak as a stand-up paddle board. It didn't really work out that well!

 Us <3

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!


  1. I love what ya did with our rope swing photos. I only wish I had a photo of you cooling your legs during that so I could hang it. Haha. Go pose in a lake for me!! ;). We love you guys so much. Best Runcation Ever because our extended family was all there.

    Side note: I was working on my blog this morning but Joe stole the computer to do "important fantasy football stuff".

    1. Haha, yes, their draft is tonight ;) Highly important for sure!

      We love you guys too! Counting down to HITS!

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. I'm the same way, I'd honestly rather go on a "racecation" versus a relaxing vacation. The ropes look like a lot of fun. I've done a few rope courses which I fully enjoyed and bridge jumping in Potsdam was a lot of fun too. Glad you enjoyed it before the college starts back up again.

  3. looks like an awesome weekend! I am so close to Vermont and I never seem to make it over the border. :)

  4. It's so fun to be active and explore during trips. Walking around (or kayaking around!) is the best way to get to know a new place. :) Glad you guys had so much fun! Oh, and I would not have been able to swim either! ;)

  5. SUch a fun weekend. I've spent very little time in VT but would love to go there soon. I'll bet fall colors there are amazing. Mike's paddling reminds me of Thing 1> She paddled in a similar way and was virtually no help at all so I got a great workout paddling an additional 85 lbs. Haha!

  6. That looks super fun! We're heading up to Burlington, VT next weekend for some hiking and kayaking and visiting family. I think they're taking us to Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge.

  7. Yes... we found out when we were in Bar Harbor with you guys a couple of years ago... you have very active vacations!!!

  8. I am so with you - Mike and I usually go on super active vacations, especially since we're not beach people. Although I will say that while we did a ton when we were in Maui, we did have some super lazy days and now I am starting to love that concept, too:)

    I've never been to Vermont, or New England for that matter, but the pictures are gorgeous! It looks like you had an amazing time!