We left the beach and made a detour to Washougal, WA, to watch Mike and his brother, Shawn, along with thousands of other crazy people, compete in a Spartan Race! If you've participated in one of these races before, good for you! If you've thought about it, watched the videos, studied the courses and decided against it, even better for you!!! It was crazy and intense, and I was just a spectator!
Shawn is an amazing competitor, kind of a BEAST, and he killed the course in under an hour! I am pretty sure he's hooked now...I hear he's going to do another run this fall! And Mike did great! I will be honest, I kept an eye on the ambulances that were standing by, a little bit worried...but he did really well ("for an old guy" he would say)! He got hung up in a pack for awhile on one obstacle, which the participants aptly nicknamed "Cheese Grater Hill" (imagine crawling uphill for about a hundred yards on a thin layer of mud over a cheese grater [a rocky hillside]...ouch...oh, did I mention you'd be crawling under barbed wire?!). But, he finished it with a smile on his face...I think that was a smile, it might have been mud...?! Mike says he is really glad he did it, but don't be looking for him on another course any time soon!
|The brothers; before and after...still smiling!|
The weekend after we got home we packed up again and headed south to Mack, Colorado for "Country Jam", a weekend outdoor music festival which takes place in a giant dust bowl in the middle of nowhere! Luke Bryan (who was an amazing performer!), Jo Dee Messina, Trace Adkins and, my favorite, the Zac Brown Band, were among the long list of performers over the weekend. We did a lot of people watchin' in and around the concert grounds (plenty of crazies!), wandered into the cute little town of Fruita, and spent one morning exploring the Colorado National Monument, trying to stay out of the heat wave! We got to have a fun, unexpected breakfast with my Aunt Sally and her husband Mike, who were passing through...and then saw them again a few days later when they came up through Wyoming to Pocatello.
|The Colorado National Monument...if it looks really hot and really dry, well, it was!|
We spent a pretty quiet 4th of July, watching the local fireworks show from our deck, headed to the mountains for some kayaking, and then spent a couple of weekends in Boise helping Mike's parents move into their new digs.
In between our travels we, of course, got in lots of Harper-time! She is growing so fast and has the cutest little personality developing!
|I could do this all day...!|
|Momma at work!|
|Seriously, how cute is this face?!|
|5 months young!|
|They make cute babies!|
And then, finally, Allison & Stephen arrived! Oh, I sure do miss her when she is away...and she has been away for awhile! They've been having adventures of their own, in Alaska, California, Alabama and Florida! We headed to Jackson for some great kayaking (minus the crazy storm that literally chased us off of String Lake!), have had a few dinner/bbqs with both our girls and their hubbies, missed out on our camping/hiking trip because a stomach bug infected our house : ( ...but have enjoyed spending a quiet week just kind of hanging out.
|Harper time with Aunt Allison!|
|Floating the Snake River, near Oxbow Bend.|
|Leisurely float down the Snake River.|
|See those thunder clouds coming over the Grand...|
|...yep, chased off the water by rain...and thunder...and LIGHTNING!|
|Triangle Rock! String Lake.|
|Clouds cleared away...beautiful day on the lake!|
|Making the leap!|
|They like each other a lot. :)|
Up next, well, Allison is packing up the rest of her things (we've had fun going through all of her childhood stuff...I didn't know I had that many stuffed animals in my house!) for their move up to Seattle! Stephen starts school again next month and Allison will be settling in, making a new home and looking for work...and we'll get to see them soon with a truckload of their household stuff!
We're all headed to Boise for a Hawks baseball game and a birthday celebration (Happy Birthday to Venita, my sweet mom-in-law, who will turn 74 on Sunday!). And then, a kayaking trip in the works, a trip to Boise to do some senior pictures with my beautiful niece, and then...finish out the summer with a trip to Washington and then Oregon! The beach is calling!