Springtime Christmas in Catalina
and Running the Trails
Hello There! Thank you for visiting. I hope you had a wonderful week. It’s time again to share our weekly happenings in the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin. If you don’t already participate in this weekly fun, where we share all the great ways we stay active during the week, check out the deets here
I really enjoy seeing what everyone’s been up to lately and I also love seeing all the pictures from all over. It motivates me to see how others make it happen daily. I, many times, seem to workout only when it fits in comfortably with my other daily activities and obligations. I am always amazed by you guys that manage to fit in early morning, lunch break, or evening sessions in the middle of everything else you have going on.
This past week was a pretty fun one. My parents, in the 55 years that they’ve lived in California (they’re from Ohio), had never been to Catalina before. These past couple of years, for our Christmas exchanges, the way my husband and I exchange with my parents is by giving each other either tickets to something, or some kind of small vacation that us 4 can do together. Last Christmas, my parents gave us a certificate for a trip to Catalina. We cashed in this last week and had a blast! My husband and I first visited Catalina Island 33 years ago on our honeymoon. After that, we visited Catalina on our anniversary from years 1-5 (before kids). It was certainly nice to be back there again. It seems to have grown. I don’t remember there being so many restaurants back then but many of the hotels are exactly the same.
We took the Catalina Express out of Dana Point Harbor. It only takes 75 minutes to get there on the express boat. It was a fun ride although we did not partake in the delicious looking Bloody Marys they were serving. Thought we’d wait until at least after we had breakfast.
While there, we ate lots of delicious foods and drank delicious drinks. We went on the Glass Bottom Boat and saw tons of fish. We rented a golf cart and took a full tour of Avalon. My husband and I got up early and ran about 5.5 miles before meeting up with my parents. It was a great run. It was cool looking at where we ran from the street later in the day because it looked so steep – I was impressed with ourselves! I am happy to say that my parents totally enjoyed their first trip to Catalina Island!
Once back on the mainland, which Catalina is only 22 miles from, we started our Saturday out with our weekly trip to the farmers market. It’s just a block from where we live. Making this weekly trip has really kept us on track with our fruit and veggie intake. Last week, I had picked up some lemon olive oil that I used on practically everything I made. Sliced yams, lemon olive oil, chili powder, baked at 400 for 1/2 hour, yum!
After the Farmers Market haul, we took off for what ended up to be an 11 mile trail run. From Laguna Beach, we ran down PCH to Crystal Cove State Park and took those trails to the trails we usually run in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. It was such a beautiful day and there were lots of hikers and mountain bikers out. We ended our day with a sunset dinner in Laguna.