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Glacier On My Mind

Glacier On My Mind

Glacier National Park was on our agenda on our travel itinerary but we thought it would just be a two day stop over before meeting Matt’s parents in Montana.  Little did we know that Glacier would wrap its charm around our hearts and we would extend our stay for a total of 7 days before … Continue reading

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

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

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

Roadtrip – Boise

Our 2.5 week road trip to celebrate our upcoming 15 year wedding anniversary started with a night in North Las Vegas before heading to Boise for five days for a half Ironman race and time with my husband’s family.  Our race was uneventful besides the heat (and surprise cheering section from San Diego friends that … Continue reading

Taste of North Dakota

If I recall the only type of spices we had in our North Dakota family kitchen cupboards growing up was cinnamon, table salt, pepper and beef bullion (if that is considered a spice??).  Cinnamon of course was used for the frequent cinnamon and sugar toast (from Wonder white bread) for breakfast that was slathered in … Continue reading

Below the line

In general I am an even keeled kind of gal and generally content and happy.  However this week I feel just crabby and on edge and no, I’m not PMSing (can you tell I’m on edge:))!  I had four hours on the bike today to think about how I am feeling.  My head was not … Continue reading

New Decade – 40

There is a lot of hype when one reaches the 40th birthday milestone and here I am today soaking it up and embracing each moment entering into a new decade of life and couldn’t be happier!  I was asked if I could beat my 20 and 30 year old selves in a race and it … Continue reading


Our friend since college is stationed in Portland while his ship gets repaired.  He reached out at the end of November to see if we wanted to come and spend New Years with him, his wife and baby boy.  We haven’t brought in the new year since 2001 (sans Kristen and Andrew). Since I just … Continue reading


Conversation my sister overheard her 8 year-old son tell his friend during a car ride to the local sports center to participate in a kid’s run: Nephew’s Friend: “I think I am only going to run the half mile” Nephew: “You can do the 1 mile.  My aunt she is a Superwoman and she does … Continue reading