Hello, friends! I’m popping in with a few Thursday Thoughts since I have a few things to catch you up on!
1. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my mom and Caite this week. We did manage to conquer Cavanal.
Caite and I strapped our packs on to do it so we could get a little practice in. This was Caite’s first experience with a backpack on, and it gave her a little taste of what our backcountry hike in Colorado will be like in a few weeks. I think she’s ready!
2. After Cavanal, we cleaned up and spent the rest of Tuesday afternoon in Ft. Smith. For people who don’t really like shopping too much, we managed to spend something like five hours just hitting store after store. I think I’ve hit my quota for awhile. We did stop in at the local popcorn factory for a treat, and that’s a store I have no problem visiting again soon!
3. While I was at Brandy’s baby shower last weekend, I had a chance to catch up with my good friend, Hayley. She’s been telling me for over a year that I needed to watch The West Wing series, and she showed up at the shower with a bag full of DVDs. We’ve been watching a few episodes a night all week, and I think I have a new favorite show.
4. Food prep for the trip has officially begun!
I loaded up the dehydrator yesterday, and started to get everything ready to put our meals together. Right now, I’m aiming to put together two to three meals for the trips. We’ll be out in the backcountry for five nights. On the nights I don’t have a meal for, we’ll rely on our good ‘ol Mountain House meals. Plus, we’re bringing a fishing pole on this trip! We’ve never packed in a pole so we’re excited to give it a try. Hopefully, one night we’ll all be enjoying fresh caught trout!
5. This is apparently going to be the summer of Colorado. The week after we get back from our big trip, I’m heading back out there to meet up with my girl, Heidi. I’ll be tagging along with her and some of her friends on a trek through Rocky Mountain National Park. Lots of hiking happening for this girl this year!
6. We’re a week away from the 4th of July which means fireworks season has started. That also means, of course, that my poor little Max’s nerves are on edge. He is terrified of fireworks as you remember from our experiences during football season last year! Honestly, he’s been doing really really well so far, but I know the explosions will just keep getting more frequent in the next week. Buckle your seat belts!
7. It looks like I won’t be making my 80 miles goal during the month of June. I’ve been having some pain in my foot, and it’s been pretty painful. It even flared up while we were doing Cavanal on Tuesday. I’m not willing to jeopardize our backpacking trip so I’m laying off running until we get back. I know that means a loss of running fitness, but, as long as I stay in good cardio shape otherwise, I think I can bounce back pretty fast.
8. Ok, for the last few weeks I’ve been hinting at some changes I’d like to make to the blog. I’m going to be completely honest here, but please remember that I am speaking specifically about my own blog and experience.
The Blend Retreat taught me something pretty important about myself and this little blog space of mine. I came to realize over the course of that weekend one glaring fact. I am NOT a healthy living blogger.
Let me explain. When I first started my blog, largely the only blogs I was familiar with were healthy living blogs. I knew next to nothing about the blog world so I tried to fit mine into the mold of the blogs I was reading, and I’ve continued to do that for the last year and a half. But here’s the deal-I don’t care about kombucha, I’ve never shopped at Lululemon, I kinda don’t like kale, and I really LOVE gluten.
I don’t mean to come off snarky or rude. If your into that, great! I’m simply saying that’s not me, and I don’t really want to write my blog in a certain way anymore because I’m trying to “fit in”.
So what do I see for the blog? Well, the original concept of this space of mine was to talk about my extreme love for backpacking and get others inspired to love the outdoors as much as I do. I’d like to get back to that concept. I want to explore more topics relating to the outdoors, and truly become a resource for people who want to get out there as well. Of course, I’ve also adopted running and Crossfit in the last year, and you can bet that those topics will come up pretty often as well! And, don’t worry, there will still be posts about random stuff going on in my life mostly because I have family members that love to keep up with me this way! So, in a nutshell, I’ll borrow a phrase from Heidi, and tell you that I want this to be an active living blog with an emphasis on living. I hope you’ll stick around to see it all happen!
Do you consider yourself a healthy living blogger? Any advice for not completely losing my running fitness in the next month?