Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Weekend of Firsts

Crazy wind while checking the bikes in Moses Lake
My lovely boyfriend had his wonderfully even 32nd Birthday on Sunday July 25th.  Thursday we headed to his parents’ in Spokane with Mountain Bikes in tow for his Birthday bash weekend. 
We arrived that evening at 6pm, went to teriyaki, and watched the rerun of the Tour from that morning.

It was a warm one!  The weekend weather forecast was for the upper 90's, and luckily the wind was supposed to die down.  We were scheduled to take a hot air balloon ride on Sunday.

Friday we woke up early... really early.  I hadn't slept really at all that night and was in a fair amount of pain.  Nothing in particular, just one of those nights that everything hurts and I just cant get comfortable.  I always feel so bad tossing and turning at night, because even though Johnny says it doesn't bother him, I know it disrupts his sleep as well.

Having a blast with my best friend!

One of 10 tunnels
We headed out to the start of the Hiawatha Trail at 7:30am, stopping for coffee and breakfast along the way.  The trail is 15 miles long that goes through 10 tunnels.  One of which was almost 2 miles long and goes under the Montana/Idaho State line (A first!  Setting foot in Montana!)   It also goes over 7 really high railroad trestles.  It was a slight downhill grade the entire way, and there was a shuttle at the bottom to take us back up to our car.  Under, over, and through a state line.       

One of the 7 railroad trestles
   Saturday we slept in and Johnny took me on a motorcycle ride!  (Another first!)  I was a little nervous at first, but trusted Johnny completely.  Plus, I though if we crashed at 40mph, it would be just like the guys crashing on their bicycles on the Tour.  A little road rash, maybe a broken collar bone.... nothing big.  But of course we arrived home unscathed and I had a great time.

Sunday we went to Lake Coeur d'Alene (a first) and enjoyed the wonderfully hot sunny weather.  And that evening was the much anticipated hot air balloon ride.

Johnny and I
While looking for my sunglasses after our crash landing!
Up, up, and away!

What I realized from this weekend was that there are still plenty of fun exciting things to do out there that don't involve so much body power.  You can still get that feeling of a small kine adrenaline rush of doing something new and unknown without killing yourself physically.  The weekend left me happy and refreshed with life.  Thanks Johnny, for your Birthday bash weekend!

1 comment:

maryellen said...

thank's for posting this. it is inspiring for those who are looking for the adrenalin but are having to adjust!!