June has come and gone

Well, June was an absolute whirlwind for me. In fact, pretty much from the time I left for Ironman Texas in May until now things have just flown by. After Texas, Matt and I made our way back to Flagstaff, but only for just a few days. After unpacking, re-packing and re-charging a bit we were off again. We headed to Tucson for a very short trip and on the way home from Tucson I dropped Matt off at the airport where he left for Alaska. I then headed back home to pick up the babies (Maizie and Ceelo Blue) and was off to Reno (the motherland). 

My first priority was a trip to see the infamous Fly Geyser, just outside the Black Rock Desert (where the also very infamous Burning Man takes place every year). On a side note, if you haven't been to Burning Man I would highly recommend a visit. It's pretty amazing, and odd and really weird and incredible all rolled up into one. Although, if you are ultra-conservative then I would recommend not leaving the bubble in which you reside. You would be utterly disappointed with what the world has come to after a visit to Burning Man. Actually, on second thought, if you are ultra-conservative then I think Burning Man is EXACTLY what you are needing to help expand your horizons :)

Okay, where was I???? Oh yeah, Fly Geyser. So, I was very lucky to have some inside connections (I know I sound SO important, don't I??) to get into the private ranch that houses Fly Geyser. If you don't know what it is, google it, I don't have time to explain this one. It was absolutely amazing as you can see in my pic below. After my visit, I realized even more how incredible this visit was as the ranch was sold to Burning Man just a short week after my visit. Thanks mom and Dr Smith :)

Fly Geyser

Okay, on to the real reason I was headed home. Of course I was there to visit with la familia, but I was also there to compete with my uber awesome team in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey (RTO). This would be my third year competing in RTO (a 178 mi relay race done with a 12-person team that starts in Reno, heads around Tahoe, and ends back in Reno hitting lots of cool little towns in between). My super hilarious friend John organizes a co-ed team every year (Team Eclipse) and so far the team has won every year it's raced and holds the coed course record. 

This year, was no different than any other year. We crushed it, winning the coed title again and having an absolute blast doing it. 

Our goofy, mismatched team!!

After the race, it was time for just a little bit of play time and some much needed R&R. I was able to spend some time in the beautiful Lake Tahoe where my sister has a home and was kind enough to drag my ass around the lake for a day. 

Tahoe fun!!

And then it was time to get back to work!

Track intervals at Galena High. 

In the meantime Matt was in Alaska catching dinner for the next few months.

One of my fave rides when home... Washoe Valley

And one of my fave runs. Werk, werk, werk, werk, werk, werk!!!

After a few weeks in Reno it was time to head back to Flag. Matt had returned from Alaska with a LOT of fresh fish and could not handle being away from me for yet another passing second. HAHAHAHA!!!. It was time to bid farewell to the babies for now and head off on our next adventure, Ironman Coeur D'Alene 70.3. 

We've yet to figure out how we will travel with these two little cutie-pies so for now they are at grandma and grandpa's house. Clearly, they love each other more than anyone else, so it doesn't seem to matter where they go. (There is a life lesson in that for all of you single people... when you are with the one you love it doesn't matter where you are in life or what you have, you will still find happiness). Okay, yeah I know, I'm getting a little too sentimental. I just made that up, but it sounded good, didn't it?? At least try to find someone you kinda-sorta like :)

I was welcomed home in Flagstaff after an 11 hour car ride (ugh!!) with fresh salmon and shrimp tacos. I had a few days to unpack, do laundry, re-pack and put the final finishing touches on my race prep for IM CDA 70.3 and we were off again. 

We took two days to drive up to Coeur D'Alene driving through Utah, Montana and Idaho (obvi!!). It was a beautiful drive with amazing scenery. Matt and I felt inspired that we just may find our next place to call home.  

Montana- even the rest stops were beautiful here.

Drive from Missoula, MT to Coeur D'Alene. Many, many hours in the car later, but he's still smiling :)

Views on the drive from Montana to Idaho

We stayed at a beautiful state park (Heyburn State Park) about 45 min outside of Coeur D'Alene which was just the peace and serenity I was looking for before the race. (I'm not a big fan of all of the pre-race hustle and bustle at race sites. I find it makes me nervous and distracted so this was the perfect escape from all of that). 

View from our campsite. Not too shabby, huh??

The race came and went in a flash. I was happy with my result, leaving with a lot of lessons and ready to move on to the next challenge. Race report to come!!

After the race it was time for more exploring. Everyday we came up with a new plan. We could pretty much point in any direction and knew there was fun to be had in all, but we finally decided on Glacier National Park where we currently are. 

We couldn't resist stopping in this cool old mining town on our way to Glacier. This is Wallace, ID, just outside CDA. 

Matt and I talked about buying this place in Wallace. The best part about it, is that it's right next door to the pool!!

Glacier- view from our campsite

"Hello Beautiful!"- Glacier National Park

We will end the month of June in Glacier. Fortunately, we don't have to be back in AZ until the end of July. We still haven't decided whether to head to Washington, Oregon, the Ruby Mountains or a little of all of the above. Either way, I think it's guaranteed to be a fun journey. 

And with that, I will leave you with this spectacular sunset in Glacier

Pocket Rocket