OK. Here’s the deal. I didn’t eat bad on vacation. I didn’t eat great. I ate OK. I had watermelon, salad, corn on the cob, and grilled chicken, but I also had potato chips & s’mores. I hiked & swam until I almost collapsed (quite happily) from exhaustion. And my weight stayed exactly the same.
I am so OK with this because I had such a BLAST while away that I can’t feel guilty about not losing. I’m just glad my little indiscretions didn’t make me gain.
However. Today I was making some birthday treats for a sweet girl at Church and I succumbed to the siren call of pretzel rods dipped in homemade caramel and chocolate. To the tune of 4 caramel-covered pretzel rods and a finished rod that had chocolate coating, peanuts & more chocolate drizzled over. I seriously do NOT want to know how many calories that equals. I’m guessing probably 2000. But I’m moving on. (If you want the recipe you can get it here.)
Our vacation was incredible. I personally enjoyed it more than any other we’ve taken, including Las Vegas. There is something about being surrounded by nature that makes me more aware of and appreciative for all the miracles God has wrought upon the Earth. Our cabin was perfect–it came with everything, including pots & pans! Next time, and there will be a next time, I won’t have to haul half the house with me for fear of not having what I need. We found an outdoor worship area nearby and walked there each morning to pray and sing hymns. Since it was during the week, there was hardly anyone around and we felt especially secluded, which I appreciated.
The hiking trails were fantastic, despite finding tics crawling on us each time we went on one. The views were amazing. All told, we saw about 7 deer (probably would have seen more if I could have kept quiet but I had to keep exclaiming over everything I saw), and probably 20 wild turkeys, inluding about 7 baby turkeys. We also saw cute little lizards and ran across a black snake in our path, which could have been a water moccasin since we were close to a stream. And the birds! I’ve never seen a red wing black bird before this trip–they were everywhere. And so were hawks–constantly gliding overhead. I also saw orioles for the first time in my life and there were more blue jays there than I’ve ever seen before. I saw one red bird and I swear I saw a bird that was bright yellow and black but Dennis didn’t see so we don’t know what kind of bird that could have been. I enjoyed all the beautiful dragonflies and wish I could have gotten a picture of my favorite, a pure black one with a metallic gold stripe down its back and metallic gold stripes on its wings.
We went swimming but were forced to just jump waves the first time b/c the wind was so fierce that swimming was difficult. The second time we were so exhausted from all the hiking that we didn’t stay in the water long, despite being able to swim easier. But then we went back out onto a trail that we’d done the day before b/c Dennis wanted to pick some more black raspberries (yes, there were black raspberries growing wild!). There was also a bunch of mulberry trees near our cabin that we munched on.
Our last day there, we went to the Kansas Motorcycle Museum. The guy that started it, Stan Engdahl, is now dead and his wife runs it. He had raced for 47 years and over 600 of his trophies were on display! The old motorcycles were so interesting to study and see how they have changed over the years.
Anyway, I took a million pictures and put a few of them into a slideshow for you to enjoy. I apologize to those banjo & bluegrass haters out there–you might want to turn the sound off, at least until it gets to the motorcycle pictures. :)