Thursday, October 31, 2013

Warrior Creek, NC

We checked out a great campground this past weekend!! 

Warrior Creek Campground is located in the Yadkin River Valley in Boomer, NC.

Along W. Kerr Scott Lake.

The campsites all have a spacious tent pad with fire ring, grill, and picnic table. There are 61 campsites and two group sites. All have electric and water available. There are also toilets centrally located near the campsites.

The drive to the campground is beautiful, weaving through the countryside in the fall is so peaceful. 

There is so much to do at Warrior Creek. There are 17 miles of hiking and biking trails that are noted as one of the top mountain bike trial systems in the US by the International Mountain Biking Association. There is also swimming, boating, fishing, swimming, and so much more. 

While there we saw deer during the day and heard the howls of coyote at night.

We enjoyed an amazing campfire at night.

And watched it spark then dwindle from inside the tent as we went to sleep :)

The morning was beautiful, we walked around and found all sorts of beauty tucked within the woods.

We are already planning a return trip! Next time we will take our kayaks too! Biking, trail running, hiking, kayaking AND camping!!! This is the perfect place for us!! We can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Racing... Before, during and after...

I just completed my second 5K this past weekend! I love races, once they are over, but I am not yet loving the feeling of the race it's self! 

After the race is over I feel invigorated and accomplished. I love this part!! This feeling makes the race completely worth it. 

Before the race, however, I am anxious, nervous and all worked up. So much so that I feel queasy...

During the race I can feel so competitive, so much so that when I'm passed by a faster runner I feel defeated! I want to quit. 

So far I have finished the races meeting, actually exceeding, my personal goal each time. I have finished 5th in my division on the first race and 7th in my division on this last race. This is great!! I have no reason to complain and after the race when I realize how well I did I feel so amazing!

The difference is though that on my morning runs it is just me and the road, none of this emotion affects me! I have no reason to get worked up before I run and I do not feel competitive during my run. I always feel at ease and refreshed when it is just me, running and nothing else. 

I enjoy completing 5K's, I am even starting to train for a 10K, because it does help me gauge how I am doing and helps me in setting goals to keep going farther, faster, etc. I just really want to get past the nervous build up before and perceived pressure throughout the race. 

I read this week that "Comparison is hurtful. Run YOUR miles at YOUR speed. Run YOUR race, run for YOUR reasons. Do not compare yourself or your running to anyone else's. Be inspired by others; let their passion for running fuel your desire. Do not let it make you feel less than or doubtful. It's you vs. you and your miles, your reasons, your pace... they matter. YOU are an inspired runner! Keep Running!"

I so needed to read that!!

As I ran this weekend in that race and little by little watched faster runners pass me I had to remind my self (often) that I was running my own race. The race is actually a competition with myself rather than with others! There will always be faster runners. I must work to run faster then my last race and run stronger than before and focus only on that! 

I hope one day these races won't affect me the way they do now. I plan to keep at it until they no longer do and then keep going at it some more :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

This Weekend's VIP ~ Nemo Losi

We love our Nemo tents. We have two of them at present!

We started out our Camping adventures using Ozark Trial tents. These are great inexpensive tents for your every now and then camping trip! I have had three Ozark Trail tents (and still have them), they have been great little tents and we will keep them and use them when we have large groups camping or when someone wants to go with us camping but needs a tent to use! 


As we began camping more we realized the need for more performance from a tent. Ozark Trail tents were getting us wet when it rained. James bought me the Marmot Limestone 6P tent for my birthday one year. We used this tent mostly when the girls where younger. It was a great tent, it was huge and fit all of us, this tent kept us warm and dry! As the girls got older, however, they started using their own tent and the Limestone quickly became obsolete. It was also heavy and we quickly were branching out and getting into backpacking. For backpacking we knew we needed a much lighter weight tent. The Marmont Limestone is fantastic for families who are primarily interested in car camping!

We then purchased the REI Passage 2P tent. This tent was the right size, packed small, was lighter than the Marmont but in the first heavy rain we encountered we had serious condensation on the inside of the tent. Not fun!

The next tent we purchased was the Nemo Losi 3P. Awesome tent!! We love this tent! It has served us so well. We bought the three person so in the event of rain we could pull our packs in with us and if the girls decided they wanted to go we could all fit! It has been the perfect tent for us. Spacious but not too big. We have been through all sorts of conditions, rain (down pours), heavy winds, etc. and this tent has been excellent!

We kept thinking of ways to shed pounds on our backpacking trips and while we loved our three person Nemo we started looking for a two person tent that we would love just as much. We tested out several different tents and James researched and researched tents (as he does with EVERYTHING). We decided on.... the Nemo Losi 2P... Yep the two person version of the tent we already had. Ha! We loved our Nemo Losi 3P so much and so we bought the 2P! We used it the first time this weekend and are so happy we made this choice!

Saturday night temperatures dropped to 26 degrees, we stayed warm and cozy all night! 

There are so many great features of this tent (similar to the 3P). The tent is designed to create taller walls which makes this tent feel so roomy! The total weight is about 5 pounds. The interior of the tent measures 32 square feet. There are pockets for organizing all your stuff with light pockets which are designed to soften the light of a head lamp or flashlight to create great interior lighting. This tent is so easy to set up. The pole system is specifically designed to be light weight and a quick set up! The tent packs into a roll that is perfect for backpacking and makes pack up so easy! 

We plan to keep the three person for the girls and their friends when they go with us camping and we plan to use the two person ourselves. We have the footprint and paw print for both tents, in our opinion these are must haves!

This tent, well both tents, are truly outstanding tents!! We are anxious to try out more and more Nemo products in the future!

The Nemo Losi is this weekend's VIP!

Friday, October 25, 2013

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!! Our favorite day of the week!! Tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Friday Night Football Game, tomorrow is another Race Day and Camping!! It is sure to be a great weekend!

Reflecting on this last week here are some highlights:

1. Rainy day Antiquing. Last Saturday was dreary and we hit up this great Antique store looking for hidden treasure!

2. Sunday was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a great hike to Bakers Mountain Top!

3. Goodies!!! We received new camping gear in the mail this week!! Can't wait to try it all out and give you a review!

4. This picture says it all.... Oh my chocolate goodness!!! I love getting goodies like this! (Yes I did devour a piece before I thought to snap a pic oops). These are from The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, NC and the one missing that I just couldn't resist was Sea Salt Caramel aka Heaven on Earth ;)

5. I have gotten in some great runs this week and James has gotten in some good rides. Today is rest day because tomorrow is Race Day!! I love running with the morning moon but it sure has been chilly!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of adventure!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day Trippin' ~ Bakers Mountain Park

A fun day trip is a visit to Bakers Mountain Park. This park is located in Catawba County, in the Foothills of the NC Mountains. To get here you will take I-40 to exit 121. Head South on Old Shelby Road for about 4.3 miles. Turn left onto Bakers Mountain Road and travel about a mile to the entrance of the park.

This park is owned and operated by the county. Bakers Mountain is the highest elevation in Catawba County and has 6 miles of hiking trails throughout its dense 189 acre forest.

It was a great hike up to the top. It was very steep in sections and the paths were covered with exposed roots, loose rocks and gravel. We definitely got in a good work out hustling up.

There is a beautiful quiet stream along the way.

The view from the top is quite impressive and goes on for miles and miles.

My very favorite part of the hike was discovering the old home sites bordering the trails. I think I could have stayed at these sites for hours pondering the lives of the people that lived in these homes, wondering what happened that made them wither away and imagine the warmth that these hearths provided on those blustery cold winter nights.

Bakers Mountain Park is a great location for a day hike if you are in the western NC Foothills. In addition to the hike and homes there are picnic areas to enjoy, lots of wildlife to watch, beautiful hardwoods and unique plant life to see. If you are in the area stop by Bakers Mountain Park for a visit!

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