Memorial Weekend Camping

Hey all!

So I purchased a new tent last week for a multitude of reasons:

  • The only tent I had was HUGE – like sleeps ten people huge.
  • It had steel poles🙅🏻
  • I had REI member dividends burning a hole in my pocket
  • I had a 20% off REI coupon

So first I looked around and quickly fell in love with The North Face’s Homestead collection. I ended up choosing the Domey 3.


Near me is a State Park called Lake Pueblo. It’s a huge lake created by a dam on the Arkansas River- so we reserved a rustic spot this weekend and had an absolute blast!!

The tent was the easiest tent I’ve ever had to set up and there was plenty of room for us, the dogs and our stuff. We did have to both help get the last three poles in their spots, but I suspect we could have managed it alone either one of us, had we been motivated to.

The three doors are SO great even without three people- it makes packing and unpacking gear and clothes way easier. Also makes it easier to avoid tracking dirt and sand into the tent; although, with two dogs it’s hard to avoid that anyways 🤷🏻‍♀️

Also the trail weight of the tent is ~7lbs which is ideal for us and our needs.

The scene was pretty chill in our camp area- I suspect because it was the rustic sites and also the public beach wasn’t open yet so I think that kept traffic down. We woke up eeeearly Memorial Monday and went for a long run with the dogs around the bluffs and cliffs surrounding the lake and found some awesome spots to cliff dive- more on that later this summer😄😁

Also -my genius honey🍯 built us a wonderful hammock stand so now we can hang even out in the desert!! Here’s some recap pics from the weekend ☺️ also, I’ll include the close up of the top of the stand in case anyone wants to recreate!


Everything but the kitchen sink salad 🥗

I’m a really big fan of meals that have flexible ingredients because I really haaaate wasting food. Stir-frys, breakfast scrambles, nachos, etc… 

I think salads are a GREAT way to get rid of fruits and veggies, cheese, nuts, hard boiled eggs – anything that’s you’re worried about not using before it goes bad. Below is an example of a salad I made and then took to work for lunch. So delicious- but I absolutely needed some gum after… the red onion was strong! Anyways, here ya go!

For the dressing I mixed mostly balsamic vinegar with a bit of raspberry walnut vinegarette and brought it separate in a mason jar. 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve part 2

So this weekend, Micah and I loaded up the pups, rented a sand board and headed out to the Sand Dunes!


The park is about two hours away so we packed our camel backs and some snacks and hit the road about 7am. We brought our own trail mix (almonds, peanuts, raisins, dried cranberries), fresh strawberries, string cheese and butter biscuits. Lucky for us the dogs drink out of the camel backs so they’re perfect hiking buddies.


Anyway- I’ve never been great on a board (can’t snowboard, can’t skateboard), but I was able to stay mostly upright and have a wicked time out there. We were on the dunes for about 5 hours, including some rest stops along the river:


Anyways- here’s a quick GoPro video I put together of some highlights. Enjoy!

Thursday’s workout

My friend Amanda:

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Has been looking for help in the gym so I’ve started training with her, helping her with meal prep etc.. etc…

We’re both kind of uneasy in the gym we’re at (Planet Fitness) because there’s very little private area for body weight or even free weight combo workouts, so we end up smooshed in their “30 min. workout” area for the time being. We stay there tho because it’s a good location, 24 hours, cheap and we both tan there, so we’re trying to make due.

Yesterday we decided to focus on shoulders so here’s our workout:

Warmup

Walk on treadmill set at speed 2.5, incline 9.5 for five minutes
Run on treadmill (my speed started at 5.4 and ended at 6.2) for 15 minutes
                                (Amanda started somewhere near 4.8 and ended around 5.5 I think)
Windmill arms both directions x10
The following circuit three times:
10 push ups (mine were on my feet)
(Amanda did her first three pushups on her feet and the remaining 7

in each set on her knees)
10 Burpees
20 Mountain Climbers

Workout

Four sets of the following Circuit:

  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press x15 reps (I used 10lb dumbbells, Amanda started with 5lb and used the 10lb on her last two sets)
  • Barbell Front Lift and Hold for 3 seconds  x15 reps (we had our hands facing the ceiling instead of the floor so some assist came from the biceps. Both used a 20lb barbell)
  • Shoulder Press Fixed Weight Machine x 15 reps (I used 30lb on the first two sets and 45 on the second two, Amanda stayed at 30lb the whole time)

Cool Down

More arm windmills, both directions
20 pushups in sets of two (Mine on my feet, Amanda on her knees)

STRETCHING STRETCHING STRETCHING

Here’s an example of the dumbbell press and the shoulder press:

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Miami Dreamin’

Sorry for the hiatus! Micah and I were on a long weekend in Miami to hit up the Rolling Loud music festival 🤙🏼

We had a phenomenal time and saw artists like Lil Wayne, Future, Migos, Post Malone, and most importantly- Kendrick Lamar🙌🏼❣️

We had no stove in our Airbnb (which was a gorgeous cottage in the jungle basically) so there was a lot of cereal and milk with apple chunks and raisins, yogurt cups with cereal and raisins, string cheese, trail mix, fiber one bars, coffee, mimosas annnnnd wine.

Here’s a quick photo recap:


Working out definitely suffered on vacation but hey, we had a good time. We both maintained 100 squats a day, twice I did a round of core exercises in the morning and every day we stretched out, did a couple push ups and some flexibility stuff. Nothing heavy but enough to keep us feeling limber and strong-ish.

Also; in case you were wondering what kind of traveler I am:


Anywayyyys now that we’re back in Colorado I HIGHLY expect some mountain adventures this weekend.

Last night we hit the gym and I ran 2.2 miles in 23 minutes and felt phenomenal so if I pushed it hard that last bit, I bet I could have PR’d a 4 mile stretch BUT because I had been such a bum this last weekend I decided not to push it too hard, walked a cool down and then did some planking, scissor kicks and lots and LOTS of stretching.
If there’s one thing I recommend doing daily, it’s STRETCH!!! Even if you’re gunna miss a workout.. plz.. do me a favor and just stretch it out. Every major muscle group. You got it sis!👌🏼
Alright- back to work this week but stay tuned- I think we’re going grocery shopping today which means gooooood eats this week🙌🏼😽

Xo-
Em

Great Sand Dunes National Park

And Zapata Falls


Two weekends ago my friend Amanda and I went out to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve! Along the way there’s a super cool waterfall  (Zapata Falls) and tons of trails around it. The parking lot and trailhead is only about a mile or so from the falls, with three benches along the way so it’s a really decent hike for people who may not be in great shape. There’s also like four miles of marked trails but of course after we saw the frozen falls we headed off the trail for a little climbing.  💁🏻


A short hike back to the car and a quick drive – we made it to the sand dunes! Because it’s still spring, the mountain river was still wide and noticeably flowing.


We had a pretty decent hike through the dunes and made it over three Sand peaks or so- but I plan on coming back with Micah and hiking from the parking lot across the dunes to the foothills.