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Tucson, Arizona

11-13 April 2014

sunny 85 °F

Curt and I spent our seventh anniversary in Tucson, Arizona with Christina and Chris Carmody. I met Christina in Cuba and they live in Prescott, Arizona so this was a half way point. We didn't arrive until late on Friday but we got to catch up with them around the pool for awhile.
Cactus behind hotel

Cactus behind hotel


The next morning we went on a bike ride for about 23.5 miles. Tucson is great because it has bike lanes EVERYWHERE. Chris took us on part of the 100 mile ride called the Tour de Tucson. Just by chance we saw a gila monster by the side of the road. They said it was a rare lizard that they had never even seen in the wild.
Views on bike route

Views on bike route


Gila monster

Gila monster


We all brought our dogs so after the ride we hit up Eegee's which is an Arizona chain sandwich shop and got a picnic lunch to take to the park. They also have some really yummy slushies called Eegees. We took all the stuff a few minutes down the road to Catalina Park and they let their three big dogs run around and we had lunch. We did a short walk around the bird loop and went back to the hotel.
Catalina Park

Catalina Park


7 year anniversary

7 year anniversary


Emma got tired

Emma got tired


Park cacti

Park cacti


The rest of the afternoon we spent relaxing by the pool with a break only long enough to have pie from the Village Inn :)
us with Chris and Christina Carmody

us with Chris and Christina Carmody


We celebrated our dinner and Las Margaritas, a Mexican restaurant that was within walking distance.

Sunday started much the same way with a 23.5 mile bike ride followed by brunch at the Village Inn. Unfortunately not long after that we had to head for home :(

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Bataan Death March

23 March 2014

sunny 70 °F

The Bataan Death March is now checked off the life to-do list and it was hard earned. The alarm went off at 0300 to start our drive to White Sands Missile Range and the start of the race. Runners have to be there so early that we were standing around for 2 hours before the start....and it was freezing. They have an opening ceremony with four survivors of Bataan.
SmIles before the run

SmIles before the run


Sun coming up on white sands

Sun coming up on white sands


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Eventually we were on our way on one of the tougher routes I have ever experienced. This was hard to run also because most people were walking so to run it was a constant dodge around other people. Most of the route was also in gravely sand and one portion called the sand pit was deep enough to give up all hope of running. Only a short portion of the route was on a road so it was certainly a challenge.
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Landscape of bataan

Landscape of bataan


Mile 26

Mile 26


Oddly enough they also give finishers their medal when they pick up the race packet so the end was sort of anti-climactic. I guess for this one we are just supposed to be grateful we are alive!

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Rhino country

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We went all the way to Africa to see rhinos and little did I know El Paso is the home of rhino country! We went to a hockey game that we won 7 - 1. I love this town the hockey mascot is the rhino and the baseball mascot is the chihuahua!
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St. Patricks Day celebration

15 March 2014

overcast 50 °F

The sacred day which I am now calling Saturdays since I don't have to work started out well with a trip to the running store and lunch with Emma and Curt at Cabo Joe's. Emmy sat outside being a good girl while we ate lunch.
Emmy having a nice little saturday

Emmy having a nice little saturday


Fort Bliss had a 10K so we got to get decked out in green for a run followed by a celebration at the Irish Pub on post called Shamrocks. We joined the CVMA crew for the rest of the evening.
us with green beer

us with green beer


bagpipes on fort bliss

bagpipes on fort bliss


One of the members brought this little maltese back from Korea - her name is Daisy :( and she wears her glasses when she is on the motorcycle!
maltese

maltese

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El paso half marathon

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Our first run in our new hometown is complete! We just finished the El Paso half marathon. I guess it is true, you don't really need to train for the half marathon! Unless you count a hike to Kilimanjaro as training. I'm so proud of Curt. I guess the city of El Paso was not as optimistic about its runners.
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