Monday, June 25, 2012

Go Green, Get Fit Challenge Week 1 Escape

Before I signed up for the Go Green Get Fit Challenge (presented by we had planned a 2 day trip away from our kids.  We only get to do this about once a year so it was a much needed break.  We usually plan our trip well in advance but this year we decided to wing it. Were pretty active and enjoy the outdoors so I knew getting some green fitness wouldn't be a challenge.

We walked into the Hood River Hotel and lucky for us they had one room left which we snatched up quickly. It was their family size room but too much room is better than not enough room.  The room was equiped with a kitchen, 2 beds, 2 bathrooms and even biodegradable hair products and soap. Bonus! Our room had 6 very large old windows which opened up completely with no screens. The fresh air completely relaxed me.

This was the view from our window. Each window had a flower box full of blooming flowers. I could live in this room....really.   The train would pass by our hotel about every hour but you forget this anytime you looked at your view. It's pretty windy in Hood River but it was such a warm day out that it felt amazing.

If you have never been to Hood River Oregon then you must make sure you to visit anytime your in the area.  The streets are steep, the shops are amazing and there are 3 breweries all within blocks of each other. Our hotel was in the middle of town so we walked everywhere.  What a work out! We were going green and getting fit all at once. Sweet!

We took a trip up to the Hood River Panorama Point Park.  The sights were amazing! It was too cloudy to see Mt Hood but we did see the valley and all its amazing hills. 

There were so many vineyards, old barns and apple farms.  Ever have one of those days where you both leave the house not realizing your wearing matching outfits? We both even had blue shoes! Total fail.

So we took a drive through the valley for about an hour.  Stopping only to take pictures of things .

 Okay so this is where things went wrong.  Very wrong!  I had to stop by a small grocery store to get some allergy pills and while I was there I found these.  I have not had RC or Zingers since I was a child so I snatched them up.  I am happy to report I only drink 1/4 the RC and only one of the Zingers. Total waste of food and complete plastic filled food/drink. I felt good at first but within 5 minutes my stomach was feeling pretty crappy.  Lesson learned. Bad Nancy Bad Nancy!
When we got back to our hotel we went for a walk and found this beautiful sight. I have no idea what these are called but it was beautiful watching everyone.  It was so warm and windy out that I could of easily layed down and took a nap. I was so relaxed and it was like my body was thanking me to being there. I have not felt this relaxed in months. All in all this walk was about 2 miles and we held hands 100% of the time. I miss holding hands with my husband and enjoyed it completely.

I was feeling pretty crappy about that soda and Zinger so I wanted to make up for it so in effort to get some fitness in I talked my husband into checking out these stairs we saw by a brewery we ate at.  The stairs were stright up and we had no idea where they went. Thank goodness I had my Brooks with me because my feet were going to be busy.
Little did I know that these stairs would go on and on. And on. And did I mention on? Yeah we climbed all 413 steps to the top and beyond.  What a beautiful set of stairs these were.  Green plants along both sides of the steps with birds singing us music the whole way.  We finished the stairs and walked up the road a bit and found a cute little park at the top of the hill.  I have to admit that it felt great knowing we completed this task and walked back down the steps feeling amazing.
We checked out of our hotel and headed to the Stonehenge which was about 40 minutes away over the Washington border.  My husband had visited this place when he was a teenager and wanted to visit it again. What a great way to end our trip too. Weather was perfect and we enjoyed the quietness.  It's not too often that its quiet in our home so we took note. 

All in all it was an amazing trip.  My goal was to run and do yoga but I ended up doing something completely different.  Walking up and down those roads and stairs was such a work out and I know I will be feeling it for another week.  Even with my total failure to soda/sugar I still think I had an amazing work out and am thankful my husband was with me the whole time. 

A big thank you to my husband! I had an amazing time and am thankful to be married to such an amazing man.  I love you!

So did you get out and get fit?
Are you joining the Go Green Get Fit Challenge?
If so did you complete any of your goals?
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1 comment:

Robbie said...

Sounds like you had a great trip! And remember, everything in moderation!@