Sunday, April 4, 2010

Back and Ready for More

Hey Guys! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and if the Easter Bunny is making his (or her) way towards your lovely casa, you got lots of chocolately and sparkly things.  If he or she missed your house like mine, then hopefully you are enjoying some fabulous weather!

As I mentioned earlier, I've been off at Vegas and the Grand Canyon for a bit of a Spring Break.  I just finished another quarter in grad school (bleh) and I needed to recharge a little bit with my favorite guy and our friend who is visiting from Australia.  Vegas was Vegas- drinkies, a little gambling, lots of walking, and smoke-filled casinos.  Not to be a party pooper, but two days was plenty for me!  We did enjoy some dancing and drinks at a couple of fabulous clubs that put San Francisco to shame!
Drinks- which leads to Zoolander faces.
 Then we drove out to the Hoover Dam (awesome) and the Grand Canyon after a few days.  We took all the dang pictures we could when we got to the Dam:

Our first day at the Grand Canyon involved a lot of oohs and aaahs!  It was absolutely breathtaking in more ways than one.  One minor detail in my planning is that I didn't realize we would be at 7,000 feet in elevation.  Yours truly lives at sea level- right outside San Francisco.  Add that to descending halfway down the Canyon and then back up made for some HEAVY breathing, but we did it!  I mentioned it before, but being outdoors and being in the gym are two different things.  Doing walking lunges for 2 hours straight? Yeeeooooch!  Here are some views from our hikes:
We did it!

We didn't ride any mules, but I LOVE them so much I was excited when we found some just hanging out!

We also fed some cute squirrels.  I know, that's bad but they were cute!  I was scared when the little bugger ate from my hands!
We also spent some time surrounded by SNOW.  I don't do snow, but poor planning and a total lack of US geography knowledge led to this:
Apparently it snows in Arizona and the warmest clothes we brought were sweatshirts.  Oops!

It was an awesome trip and a great time to recharge my batteries for 6 more months of work and school until our next trip!  As always, I'm ready to be back and to eat my own food, rock my own gym, and sleep in my own bed!  One of the best things about vacations are reviving my goals and jump-starting my healthy lifestyle at home.  I better wash my now red running shoes (thanks Arizona) and get going so I can fill up my fridge with some good Cali eats!

I promise I'll get back to your blogs and comments now!  I appreciate each and every one of you and I hope you'll be around for my next set of boring every day shenanigans!  Till then- see you soon!


Julie said...

How fun!! I feel the same way about vacations - it's nice to get home and back to healthy eating and working out! gotta live it up while you can!

Katie ♥ said...

Happy Easter love!!!!!!!!!

Missed you!!!!!

I am so glad you had a wonderful trip!!! Love the zoolander face pic of you and the hubby!! So cute!!!

Oh the grand canyon looks amazing, I want to go there on eday so bad!! I bet it was just amazing!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day love!!!!

Bridget said...

Your trip looks so amazing! I've been dying to go to Vegas, all I hear is how fun it is! Plus being an engineer, the Hoover Dam is a must see...its incredible. I love that you fed the sqirrels, I would of done the same. THey are cute :)

I'm so pumped about winning the giveaway!!!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Fun trip!! I've never been to Vegas, but I imagine I'd only want to go for a few days as well. Places like that overwhelm me!

Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

I love the Grand Canyon! It is such a beautiful hike!

Gabriela said...

What a great trip! I've never been to any of those places, but seeing the Grand Canyon is definitely on my bucket list. Gorgeous pics!! It's always nice to come home and get back into your routine, though :) Hope you have an amazing Monday!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! That looks like an awesome trip. So much gorgeous scenery!

Anne Marie said...

Looks like you had a fantastic trip!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Looks like an amazing vacation!! Beautiful pics...You guys are adorable :).

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I am glad to hear that you had a great trip!!!! Sounds like SO much fun!!!