So this past weekend we went on another #tripnorth.
It was a 3 parter. Part 1 in MA camping in the Berkshires with my dad for his birthday.
We got up there Friday afternoon around dinner time. We had driven up to CT Thursday evening after I got out of work at 1. Long day, long drive. Traffic was not as bad but still not great.
Friday AM was my in-law’s anniversary so Hubs and I made them a super nice breakfast of muffins, whole wheat blueberry pancakes, mimosas and a touch of bacon. Nom. They were really pleased and we gave them some family pictures of the wedding framed since his mom just hasn’t really gotten around to printing her copies off yet. She loved them 🙂 #winning.
In the afternoon, we headed up to Historic Valley campgrounds in North Adams, MA to visit my family for my dear old dad’s birthday. It had originally planned on being a surprise but apparently my step mom’s facebook notices were going to my dad’s cell phone so it wasn’t much of a surprise at all.
Saturday started with a nice 3ish mile trail run with my step brother. Historic Valley is nestled at the edge of the Mohawk trail so there are some great areas to go trail running nearby. I hadn’t been trail running in years so it was a bit slow for me but we weren’t really running for speed which is fine. My step brother just finished his undergrad in Physical therapy/sports medicine at UVM so it was really neat to hear him talk about injuries, training and cross training.
After, we went mini golfing. It was so freakin’ hot! We drove into town and it was at least 10 degrees hotter in town than it was in the mountains where we were.
After mini golf, we went back to the camp ground and my step brothers, dad, hubs and I took out a couple of canoes. Another thing I hadn’t done in years. I forget that as a youngster my family used to go camping a couple times each summer and I used to spend all my free time in the summer outdoors. It’s easy to get away from that as you get older but it was nice to go back to my roots.
We were out for about an hour the “lake” was really an oversized pond but it was still fun skirting the outside of the lake, and trying to coordinate paddling. Apparently, hubs told me, I’m just not that coordinated. Wamp wamp.
Later, we celebrated dad’s birthday. We had tacos for dinner (I should preface the term camping with the fact that my family uses a camper. However, hubs and I slept in a tent. On an air mattress. So no, its not back country camping but still. You’ve gotta wear shoes in the shower and the bugs are relentless. That’s camping to me.) and then enjoyed s’mores later.
Sunday we woke up to rain. Thank goodness we were getting ready to go. We had a party in New Haven that afternoon/night for the wife of one of hubs’ good friends. And you know, America’s birthday too.
We headed over the Mohawk Trail (aka Route 2) over to Route 91 to go down to New Haven. The trip was absolutely beautiful – some stunning views, it was too bad it was raining because we couldn’t really enjoy them. And we got to go up this baller hairpin turn. Seriously. It’s really kind of bad ass.
The party itself was pretty fun. I drank…way too much. I’m still detoxing. I don’t party that hard anymore so once in a blue moon is okay with me. There was grilling, poker, beer pong – you know, the usual antics of a late 20 something house party.
My partner (not the husband because he has awful beer pong skills) and I killed it on the table. Which was not my intention but still a good time anyhow. 80/20 rule right? As long as I’m healthy 80% of the time… 😉
The downfall was the hangover. And i stayed up way too late. I reminded myself why I don’t do that anymore. Monday, we headed back to the in-law’s house in Southbury and enjoyed another bbq. Less booze (thankfully) – for me by choice.
Later, my MIL, hubs, and the sister in law and one of her pals headed over to Washington, CT for some amazing fireworks. Next year we’ll be better prepared – people had spent all day tailgating and picnicing. We however, forgot snacks, beverages and blankets. But the fireworks were so worth every minute.
How was your Independence Day weekend? Do you stay active while traveling? If so, how??