What perfect weather we had this weekend. I thought I was ready for fall but this past weekend just reminded me how much fun summer weather is! On Saturday we took a little drive up to Jackson, NH to hike the Doublehead Mountains. We’re watching my parent’s adorable little boston terrier this weekend so we didn’t have that much time to go for a hike. The Doubleheads were the perfect option for the day. The hike is about 2.5 hours long but it is plenty challenging and you get AMAZING views. I didn’t think the leaves had changed colors much but once we got to the top it was clear that they had!
We Parked at the end of the “New Path” and walked down the road and up on the ski trail. There is a great view of Maine and some ponds from the top of North Doublehead.
We continued on to South Doublehead to see the views of the Presidential Range and itty bitty Black Mountain Ski Area. Afterwards we hiked down the “new path” which was very very steep and full of loose rocks. In retrospect it would probably be better to walk up the New Path and walk down the Ski Trail. Next time!
Once we were done hiking we decided to stop at Jackson Falls. We didn’t swim because the water was FREEZING but it was nice to wade around in the water and play on the rocks.
Our final stop of the day was to go apple picking. I don’t think I’ve ever been so hot apple picking. It was really weird. We got a bunch of apples and I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet but I’m really into these Peanut Butter Apple Bites lately so I’m sure a good amount of the apples will be made into those!! 😀
Okay these are my new favorite snack for after working out. It can be my new favorite even though I’ve only had them once, right? I think I found the idea ages ago on Pinterest but then never really did anything with it until today. I picked up some honey crisp apples after I went to the Cumberland fair yesterday and I was dying to do something delicious with them! I put peanut butter, coconut (unsweetened), and semi sweet chocolate chunks on my apple slices and man oh man were they delicious! You could also use almond butter. Maybe try some homemade granola instead of the chocolate chunks on top? Now I’m ready to get creative! Give it a try. It’s really awkward to cut an apple into slices like this and you’ll have a bunch left over. Just eat those slices normally. 🙂 Happy Fall!!
I know I’m a day late posting this and today is actually Sunday and not Saturday but yesterday my computer spent the better part of the day deciding to not turn on. SO awesome new spin tunes coming at you on Sunday instead. This weekend has been a totally bust with the weather. Both days were supposed to be warm and mostly sunny but instead it’s been cold and mostly rainy. Yesterday I taught Saturday morning spin and then did some food shopping and then fall clothes shopping. I managed to get one shirt so I’ll call it a success. I also found some mugs on sale at pottery barn and decided to do some crafts with them. Anyway, here’s some new music for you! I’m on a huge Demi Lovato kick right now 🙂
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what I do for my own training. YES I DO GO TO THE GYM! I go through phases- sometimes I will find a class that I LOVE (usually circuit training) and go to it all the time, and sometimes I just lift weights on my own (or with my husband or any friend I can possibly drag along with me), and sometimes I stay outside and do running+ bodyweight strength training. Lately I’ve been lifting weights on my own at the Y. I love the room they have because no one is ever in it and I can pretend I have my own personal gym for mere 35 dollars a month. Here is the strength workout that I’ve been doing lately:
Box Jumps (18”)- 3 sets of 15
Bench Press- 3 sets of 12- 45#,50#,55#
Back Squats- 3 sets of 12- 45#,65#,95#
KB Swings- 3 sets of 20 (I have no clue what weight the kettle bells at the Y are because a lot of them aren’t labeled… oh well.)
Bicep Curls w/ dumbbells- 2 sets of 15- 12#,15#
Tricep Extensions w/ bar- 2 sets of 15- 30#
Chest Flys w/ dumbbells- 3 sets of 12- 12#,12#, 15#
Seated Row- 3 sets of 12- 30#,45#,60#
Leg Press- 3 sets of 12- 160#,170#, 175#
We just got back from our San Francisco/ Lake Tahoe trip and this activity was probably the highlight of my time in San Francisco. I’ll have a general overview of places to see and things to do tomorrow or Tuesday but first: Golden Gate Bridge biking!
Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge is probably on everyone’s checklist of things to do in San Francisco and it was definitely on ours as well. Even though we did the trip on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend it really never felt too crowded. There are bike rental places all over the city but we started our trip at the Ferry Building because on Saturdays there is a great farmers market there and we decided to check it out first and grab some snacks for the trip:pluots (a hybrid between a plum and apricot) and cinnamon roll biscuits.
The ride starts flat along the coast and it is nice and flat. You bike past all the touristy areas like fishermans warf and the sea lions and then there are some nice parks and then great views of the bridge! Even though every tourist in the city is renting a bike to do this, don’t expect a super easy ride. There are some steep hills! Once on the bridge you ride two miles and then in another few miles you will reach the beautiful sea side town of Sausalito. It’s a great place to have lunch or do a little shopping. The best part? You don’t have to ride your bike back! There are ferries that take you and your bike back to San Francisco! It’s a nice way to get a boat ride in and see the city from the water.
Sausalito is great but we decided to keep riding to the next town: Tiburon. This part of the ride wasn’t as great and we had to ride along some very busy roads. If I had known what it would be like I probably would have just stopped in Sausalito and waited for the ferry there. Tiburon is a smaller town but we still managed to find an ice cream place and ate ice cream while we waited for the ferry. When I saw how many people were trying to catch the ferry I was worried we might not make it on and have to ride the 20+ miles back on bikes. Boy was I wrong. These boats fit HUNDREDS of people and their bikes and they just stack up the bikes and pack them in. It wasn’t as chaotic getting the bikes back as I thought it might be.
We had fantastic sunny weather for our bike trip but I know that’s not what the weather is always like in San Francisco. Check the weather before you go because the trip might not be as fun in the fog and cold…