2016 Swanson Adventure Recap

On the eve of a new year I’m happy to take a mental time machine trip through our adventures of 2016, which included 27 nights out in our RV, some plane rides and look forward to what 2017 has in store!  Click on the links below for more details and pictures!  Happy new year! January … Continue reading

Colorado flashback

Before I recap 2016 adventures I need to take a mental time machine back to our Colorado trip in July.  It was one of our highlights of the year because we got to play in the mountains with our friends, try new things like summiting our first 14er and doing white water rafting and having … Continue reading

Wrapping up 2016 Tucson style

Last year we spent the end of the year in Phoenix at McDowell Mountain Park with our good friends.  This year we decided to explore Tucson as have had several friends talk it up. We’ve had two RV Thanksgiving outings but this was the first year we celebrated Christmas in the RV. Ironically we stayed … Continue reading

Code Blue: Grand Canyon

We caught the Grand Canyon bug this summer on our way to Colorado and vowed to go back.  Coincidentally, after we returned from our vacation, our friend reached out to see if we wanted to join a group to do a rim to rim to rim crossing to celebrate her milestone birthday.  After learning more … Continue reading

Shedding Weight

Shedding Weight

Over the last three years Matt and I have been working on shedding weight.  Not physical body weight (however each year we weigh less so maybe we are onto something!) but the weight of possessions to give us more flexibility and freedom in life. \ I became a pro at finding new homes for perfectly … Continue reading

Yearly Bee Sting

Seriously!  I am on a bee sting cycle!  A year ago this week I was stung before heading to race Boise 70.3. This week when I was recovering from food poisoning or the flu I was working in the garden and a sneaky bee got me when I was pulling up a bitter cucumber plant! … Continue reading

Sweating & Eating My Way Through Austin

I was able to join Matt for his work conference trip to Austin.  It was the first time in Austin for both of us.  From what I can tell a highlight of the city is countless bars and live music.  Since we are more morning peeps I took a different tourist approach to Austin and … Continue reading

Things I know to be true

I now understand more what Hippie Triathlete wrote about a couple years ago.  I started doing tris in 2007 to try something new and challenge myself.  And up until recently I was just happy finishing and doing my best for the day.  Last year I improved my Ironman Oceanside 70.3 time so based on the … Continue reading

Julian

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Julian, CA about 14.5 years ago by staying at a bed and breakfast (sadly burned down years later in a wildfire), eating at restaurants in town and going to a winery. In the years to come Julian became a different refuge for us as we discovered camping, running … Continue reading

Wind and sand training – check!

Wind and sand training – check!

Last year after the Desert Tri race I stated, “never again”.  You would have thought I learned how volatile the desert can be after crazy wind before the race, rain during the race and even snow on the drive home last year! But no, I was swooned by our new RV that we wouldn’t have … Continue reading