Last weekend we spent some time in Vermont and did some great mountain biking. Even though Angus lived in Vermont for an entire summer, I still don’t feel like I’ve spent much time biking there and this weekend was such a treat! We stayed with my parent’s friends in Stowe and had a great time! On Saturday we biked on some trails right in Stowe that I would have had no clue existed if we weren’t shown around. We rode in two different places: Sterling Valley and the Hardy’s Haul trail. Both trails were super fun! Sterling Valley has some up hill but is not all up hill and we rode a great trail that had a bunch of (well made) bridges. Hardy’s Haul was ALL up hill for about three miles and then you come down a nice winding switchback trail called Kimmer’s. Or you can just go right back down the way you came. That would have been fun too.
After riding we enjoyed some of Vermont’s finest foods: Cabot cheese, Bob’s Bread, and Ben and Jerry’s! Oh, and a hot tub 🙂
On Sunday we drove to Kingdom Trails to visit their mountain bike trails. One of our wedding presents was a seasons pass to these trails and it was my first time ever going. When we got there I was sort of like “what on earth is this place?” because normally you park in a dirt parking lot in the woods and there is a little shack that takes your money and then you go ride on trails. You also don’t typically see many people.This was a little different because you parked in a little town that was FILLED with mountain bikers. I didn’t even realize that so many people biked. The riding here was great, even though you have to bike up a GIGANTIC hilly road to actually get to the trails. There are miles and miles of trails and beautiful views. There is also terrain for everyone, even if you’re a beginner. If you ever get a chance to go here, you should!
Here’s some new music! I’m loving the first song. It reminds me of summer and vacation and all those things that didn’t actually happen today… It’s apparently Ricky Martin but you would never know if I didn’t just say that. I used this playlist in both my spin classes today. My 8:30 class at Quest was rough this morning after my long road ride yesterday. At one point I got off my bike to test out a another bike to see if mine was broken because “it” was going so slow… I don’t think it was broken. Had to check anyway though. At noon time I went to a class at the Y which was AWESOME. Cardio and Strength with Nate. Challenging and fun. If you’re a member and you haven’t tried it, get on it! I spent my afternoon making sushi and then dragged my tired legs to IDEXX to teach my last 5:15 spin class for the summer. I had a great group for that class and I’m going to miss them! Hopefully they’ll decide to come to my noon time class instead. 🙂
Last month my friend Allison was living with us and showed me this great recipe for a pasta salad. Since then, I’ve already made it twice. It is delicious, and summery and best of all: easy! In the summer (which as of this weekend, I’m declaring it summer in Maine) I have no patience to spend time cooking dinner and want to spend as much time as I possibly can playing outside. The recipe is from this cookbook, which I haven’t had a chance to look through but I’m sure there are more great recipes in it. Here’s my own adaptation of the recipe:
- 1 box of orzo
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- Pint of cherry tomatoes (halved)
- 2 TBS olive oil
- Cashews (optional)
1. Cook orzo according to directions on box.
2. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water.
3. Add olive oil and stir to coat.
4. Add basil, tomatoes, and feta cheese.
5. Store in refrigerator. When you are ready to serve add some cashews for an added crunch of protein!