One of My Favorite Places

So I wrote this post a while ago and forgot to post it. Better late than never! 🙂

On July 4th Adam and I were meeting a friend in Ithaca. Ithaca is one of my absolute favorite places in the world! There are so many parks and trails with the most beautiful views, it’s surrounded by wine country and breweries, Cayuga Lake is beautiful, everyone is always friendly, and there are so many great places to eat! And you can’t forget that “Ithaca is gorges”!

We woke up at my normal early time, packed up the car and headed out. I enjoyed my coffee on the ride down.

It’s not a far drive from our house. We decided to make the day of it. I love running and walking the trail that goes from Cass Park to Stewart Park.

The route that we ran is about 8 miles round trip, but it goes so quickly! There is so much to look at. I spend most of the time admiring the views. Adam and I have probably ran this trail 10 times and it never gets old! Porter enjoys the run as well!

 

After we completed our run, we hung out in the shade and gave Porter some water while we also hydrated and ate our current favorite breakfast: fruit and yogurt. It’s surprising and delightful how much protein Greek yogurt has in it. Normally we add granola, but we forgot to pack it that day.

We got our sailboat ready and took it out on Cayuga Lake. This was our third sail total, and first time out of this lake. It was a perfect day for sailing. We ended up being out for about 3 hours! It was so relaxing that I’m excited to take it there again. Our boat doesn’t have a motor, so we got a good workout rowing out to the lake. Porter joined us for the first time and he loved it! He loved getting up on the edge and looking at the water.

We had a late lunch at Ithaca Bakery- one of our favorite places in Ithaca. Then met our friends at Buttermilk State Park where they were camping. It was great weather for camping.

By the time we were arriving back in the Syracuse area we could see fireworks from the highway in a couple different places on the horizon. It was a really pretty view.

This was one of the first days I actually felt like it was summer. We’ve been cooped up inside so often this year due to all of the rain. Speaking of, its currently pouring outside-no surprise!

Have you been to Ithaca, NY? What is one of your favorite things about Ithaca?

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Storm Stella

Did you get a lot of snow from Storm Stella? We got about 24 inches give or take in CNY. I have never seen so many businesses in New York shut down for a snow storm before. However, I think it was a smart call. People shouldn’t be out traveling when weather conditions are so bad. Sometimes we get so caught up in all of the things we need to do and places we need to go, we forget what’s important. In this case, our lives. Is it more important to go to work, to the store or out to eat than to be home safe with your family? Of course not! Many of the counties around us issued travel bans so people couldn’t travel.

Yesterday I got out of work early due to the weather and today I didn’t have to go in at all. I did however, spend the majority of the afternoon shoveling the driveway. It was coming down so quickly that as soon as I finished, it was time to start all over again. I shoveled about 6 times between noon and 6PM. This morning Adam and I were back at it at 5AM! He still had to go to work today. Needless to say, I’m extremely tired and sore today. This morning I spend a lot of time stretching areas that are very sore. I will probably do a stretching video this afternoon.

This picture was taken on 3/14/17 @ 1 PM

  This picture was taken on 3/15/17 @ 1PM

5 more days till spring can you believe it!! This weekend Adam and I were suppose to run 16 miles for our training. It was only suppose to be about 17 degrees in Syracuse. The following weekend we were only scheduled to run 8 miles. We decided rather than torturing ourselves, we should swap weekends and run 16 next weekend when it will be in the upper 30’s lower 40’s.

Saturday we did our shorter weekend run inside on the treadmill. Later in the afternoon we took Porter out to Chapman Park along Oneida Lake so he could play at the dog park. There weren’t any other dogs there (as we figured there wouldn’t be due to the weather). We played chase with him ourselves and it gave him the freedom to run in a big open area. After the dog park, we walked out on the pier. The views were so amazing!

           

The ice that had frozen to the pier froze sideways due to the strong winds in the area.

      

The ice floating on the lake looked really cool!

Sunday we drove down to Ithaca and ran at Cass Park for a treat! Cass Park is my favorite place to run! It runs right along the bottom of Cayuga Lake and the scenery is absolutely beautiful! After our run, we treated ourselves to lunch at Ithaca Beer Co.. Lunch was delicious! I had a cup of cauliflower soup and a winter salad. It was perfect for the weather! Adam had a bowl of the cauliflower soup and a grilled cheese.