There has been basically zero change in our life in about four months.

That is not a complaint, mind you, just a gloriously stress-free statement.

While it isn’t great that our weight is among one of those things that hasn’t changed, no change means it hasn’t gone up either.  This July will mark our second full year of maintaining a 500+ pound weight loss!  While, lately, we’ve focused mainly on maintenance, I feel a renewed interest starting to brew in the ole workout part of my brain.

This could have a little bit to do with it:

Mine’s the blue one and her name is Olivia.

Cliff and I bought bikes about 6 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier!  It was refreshing to finally find something that I enjoyed as much as running.  We were even brave enough to rent bikes while we were on vacation (recap below) and it was probably my favorite part of the trip.  I can’t wait to visit all our favorite cities on two wheels instead of four.

Now the important stuff.

Oh, West Coast, how my heart longs for you.

Cliff and I, along with my parents, spent seven glorious days in Northern California for vacation this year.  We managed to pack A LOT into those short seven days, so I’ll take a more efficient route to explain…plus, any excuse to use bullet points amiright?

Day 1

  • Landed in San Francisco and picked up our Chrysler 300 for a week…and now I require a sunroof in every car in my future.
  • Stopped at In and Out for lunch (cheeseburgers are ruined for me…for life).
  • Started driving south towards Monterey and picked up the Big Sur Scenic Byway.
  • Saw hundreds of elephant seals!
  • Accidentally discovered that I like iced coffee (thanks Dad!!)
  • Stopped at the most perfect little ocean side motel in Cayucos for the night.
  • Had the best chicken tortilla soup in the world for dinner.


Day 2

  • Made the track across the state towards Yosemite (so much farmland!)
  • Learned that not all vacation rentals are created equally.  Special shout out to the Comfort Inn in Sonora, CA.
  • Waterfalls, waterfalls, and more waterfalls.
  • Rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
  • Mountains, Moun…do you see a trend?
  • Baby Redwoods and Sequoias.
  • Giant rainstorms over the Valley.
  • Happy Birthday to my Love!


Day 3

  • Impromptu drive through Northern California and into the Cascades.
  • Mount Shasta is HUGE!
  • Funny rest stop visits.
  • Watching rainstorms on each side of us but barely seeing a drop.
  • The question game (never a dull moment with this bunch)
  • Little mountain towns are the best!
  • Happy Anniversary to my Love! (Yes, we’re those people)


Days 4 – 8

  • Hello Pacific Ocean!
  • My very first Safeway.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat instant ramen again.
  • There’s no better way to see a city than on a bike.
  • Sunset over the Sutro Baths? – check
  • Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge? – check
  • Terrified of the hills in Sausalito and resigned to never going back? – check
  • Best hot fudge sundae ever (Ghirardelli)
  • The audio tour at Alcatraz may be my favorite tourist attraction to date.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is pretty amazing, but also pretty stinky.  Silly seals.
  • Having a gigantic park with a ton of museums inside is the only way to go.
  • Parking in San Francisco is a nightmare – I really missed the Prius.  Do yourself a favor and skip the rental upgrade.
  • Words can’t describe the weather/sunsets/people.
  • Another Botanical garden marked off the list.
  • We walked up the hill to Lombard Street. Seriously.  All the way.  It wasn’t worth it, but it felt damn good to be able to do it.
  • Nigh time strolls through Golden Gate Park are the best way to end a night.
  • Put 30,000 steps on the FitBit for the first time.
  • AirBnB is the best.  Hands down.

Alcatraz Day4 Day5 Day6

Well, that’s enough updates for now.

And, just think…that’s only ONE trip in the past four months.  I would really like to know who passed down their sense of wanderlust so I can send them a bill.

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