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To run or not to run...

15 May 2011

rain 50 °F

Finish of Salzburg marathon

Finish of Salzburg marathon


This is something we never saw today!! I woke up at 0630 to take Bella out and it was pouring. At 0700 when the alarm was set we woke up and it was still raining. Neither one of us was hard core enough to run through the rain so instead we slept until 1000. By this time breakfast at the hotel was over so we just hit the road. On the way out of town we saw a few miserable looking runs and felt very comfortable with our decision.

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Salzburg for the last time

14 May 2011

rain

Bella and I with Salz river

Bella and I with Salz river


Curt and I got a late start this morning because we were at his Hail and Farewell at the Colmberg castle last night. Early afternoon we make it to the best western near the Mirabell garden. I chose this one because it was cheap enough to book two night so we would be able to come back after the run and take a shower as well as have somewhere for Bella to be during the run.
Bella and I in Salzburg

Bella and I in Salzburg


We immediately walked to the expo to pick up our race packet. The expo didn't have much to see so it didn't take long. Bella was a good little girl but has some room to improve when it comes to walking on her leash in a city.
I was hoping for one more visit to my dollhouse shop so we hit that but I didn't see anything I needed to have now. We sat at a cafe and rested while we watched people walk by. Some people stopped and stared and pointed at Bella while she watched them back.
Shrimps - my favorite restaurant in Salzburg

Shrimps - my favorite restaurant in Salzburg


After a rest in the room we hit Shrimps, my most favorite restaurant in Salzburg. I get something called Asia which is stir fry vegetables with penne and I love it! Hopefully it gives us enough energy to run well tomorrow.

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Innsbruck Christmas Market

22 December 2010

semi-overcast 28 °F

golden roof and xmas market

golden roof and xmas market


It’s time for take off on the Christmas four day weekend! Yes- it was early but we were trying to go all the way to Venice. A stop in Innsbruck for the night was planned and ended up a very cute stop. The drive was about 4 hours after stau’s but the hotel was easy to find and only a block from the one we stayed in last time. Of course Innsbruck has it’s own Christmas market and each booth was thoroughly inspected. This market seemed to have a lot more food and I was delighted to find Raclette.
snowflake maker

snowflake maker


I didn’t get one but I thought the snow flakes this girl was making were gorgeous.
Innsbruck tree

Innsbruck tree


The Golden Roof was the Innsbruck necessity for my parents to see and anyway the Christmas market was around that square.
Rick Steve’s recommended Mamma Mia’s as a nice pizzeria so we took him up on it and found him to be correct. The pasta was good with a friendly atmosphere. After a long day of driving and shopping we headed to our hotel fat and happy.

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Sautner Kathreineler Festival

27 November 2010

sunny 10 °F

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Another beautiful day took us back to Obergergl for some more skiing. Today it was much colder and it wasn't long before we were inside for hot chocolate! That is my favorite thing about skiing. The ski day went to crap when we went to the far side of the mountain to meet our friends for lunch. In order to get up the slope you had to get on a t-bar. Just trying to get on the thing I fell over and Curt ended up going up the slope without me. I then had to go around through the entrance again but my ski card would not work so I couldn't get through. I had to get the worker to help me get on. So then it is just me on the thing so I drift to the right the entire time. My legs and hips were so sore trying to hang out this insanely long slope. In the end I hit a snow bank and fell off. So then either way I look to the right and left is 2 feet deep snow. I am about 3/4 of the way up the hill so there is no going down. Plus if I went down I would just have to go up that god awful lift again because it was the only way to get off of that slope. My only real choice was to walk up the hill. It was so embarrassing with all the people who managed to stay on the lift passed me. By the time I got to the top I was exhausted and just done skiing.
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Shortly after we left and were able to rest a bit before the Kathreineler festival in the town. Supposedly town people dress up like these demons and they are to punish or capture the bad kids and make it safe for santa to come. The entire town is gathered for the event with beer stands and tons of kids.
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The show starts with fireworks and a bonfire being lit. Then the "monsters" come with torchs and dance around the fire. Eventually they rough up some of the older kids.
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Another group came running up with a cage and then more came on a cart. A stunt monster rappelled from the third floor of a building to a nearby tree - with a torch!! It is amazing the whole town didn't go up in flames. Another guy rappelled down from the top of a crane. It's quite an interesting thing to see and we just happened to be in town for it. We capped the night with more pizza from the restaurant down the street.
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Solden, Austria

26 November 2010

snow 25 °F

Solden

Solden


Looking out the window this morning was quite a suprise. The ground, road, buildings and cars were all covered in snow and huge white chunks were still falling heavily. The mountains directly in front of the hotel were not visible. Right then the decision was made that skiing was not in the picture for today. After breakfast and the other crazies went off to brave the mountain we were back to sleep.
By lunchtime hunger set in again and we walked to the pizzeria down the street. With full bellies we drove about 45 minutes to Solden for a shopping expedition. We did well with Curt getting a jacket and I got a new ski outfit.
The weather was starting to snow again so we picked up some wine, cheese and crackers and went back to the hotel. The rest of the skiers joined us shortly and later went back to the pizzeria for dinner. I should NOT have two cappuchinos before I go to bed!

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Obergergl, Austria

25 November 2010

sunny 35 °F

empty slopes

empty slopes


The beauty of driving down to Austria on the curvy roads in the dark on wednesday night was realized on thursday morning. The day was gorgeous and the slopes were empty. Since Thanksgiving is not a european holiday we were the only ones off on a thursday to go skiing. It was probably the most enjoyable skiing I have ever done. The day was gorgeous, the snow was perfect and the runs were empty. The runs here seemed long and wide which is perfect for us.
Obergergl view

Obergergl view


Lunch was on the other side of the mountain from where we started but pretty darn good for ski food. The pommes were just like McDonalds. We skiied a few more hours before heading back across the mountain in the lift. Except for about half way through the ride we realized we were going down, not across. Nearly the rest of the afternoon was spent trying to figure out how to get back to where the car was. The ski bus ended up taking us back to the start and we got one more really cold run in before calling it a day.
curt and i in austra

curt and i in austra


Back at the Hotel Fernblick in Sauterns the rest of the group had made a thanksgiving dinner so we feasted on turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin cake before calling in a night.

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Sparkasse Lindau three country marathon

3 October 2010

sunny 70 °F

port of Lindau

port of Lindau

This is one of the most relaxing marathons I have ever run. Granted we still woke up early to check out of the hotel, put our stuff in the car and get to Lindau on the train. Despite this we had plenty of time to eat breakfast and stash our shower bags on the trucks at the start of the race.
Start line

Start line


We arrived so early we had time for tea while we watched the other racers arrive from the ferries and trains. This race did not start until 11:11 for some unknown reason. It was about 5,000 - 6,000 runners in the marathon, half marathon and 10K. There were also those germans walking with their sticks. For a few miles of the route you are running next to Lake Bodensee (or Constance). The course starts in Lindau, Germany and passes through Bregenz Austria before making a circle in to Switzerland. The finish is in Bregenz in a stadium and let me tell you - it hurt to get there. It sounds like the route may be mountainous but in fact it was nearly flat as a pancake.
Lindau marathon route

Lindau marathon route


There is only so much the beautiful scenery can make up for the pain in your legs. Besides that I'm glad we did it. The gym had showers so we didn't have to hop in the car without one after almost 5 hours of running. It took a bit longer to get home but it was a great marathon and awesome destination. I would definately do it again.

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Bregenz, Austria

1 October 2010

sunny 55 °F

After work today we made the drive from cold and rainy Ansbach to bright and sunny Lindau. Curt and I along with my friend Trish and his LT, James drove the 2.5 hours to Lindau to get a jump on the Marathon weekend. We are staying Bregenz, Austria at Pension Sonne because that is what the marathon website recommended. The race starts in Lindau, Germany goes through Bregenz, Austria to Switzerland and back to Bregenz. Trish and I

Trish and I


We found a great TINY hole in the wall Italian restaurant thanks to Trish's good eyes and started carbo loading early. The pasta was delicious and I found out I even like Lambrusco!
Lambrusco

Lambrusco

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The Last entry for awhile

7 November 2009

sunny 35 °F

So this may be one of the last entries until our leave during the deployment.
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Luckily today was gorgeous and a beautiful day for skiing! We got to make more than 1 run down the slopes and spent slightly less time in the lodge.
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At one point we went all the way up to the Hintertux Glacier to have a look - you could see peaks go on forever and it was gorgeous. Unfortunately it was getting dark by 4:30 so we went back home to rest.
Dinner was a pizza place and delicious.

Sunday was a quick breakfast, walk and drive home. Next vacation....6 months :(

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One Last Getaway

6 November 09

snow 25 °F

Thanks to Veterans Day we were given a three day weekend and we decided to go skiing in Austria. Hintertux was the destination we made it down on Thursday night. Friday morning we were up for breakfast and then skiing.
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Unfortunately this was the view of the mountain from our hotel - Troppmair in Finkenberg.
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When we got up to the mountain after a 15 minute drive it was starting to snow. We thought we could still ski so we bought half day lift tickets and got on the gondola. Our first (and only) run was a white out. We couldn't tell the difference between the ground and sky so we tried to wait it out in the lodge with some hot chocolate.
By 1400 it wasn't any better so we headed up the next gondola and met up with some other people for lunch at the lodge. After eating the visability was only getting worse so we just gave up and went down the mountain.
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At the bottom it looked like the gondolas were heading straight into the clouds.

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