Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 - The first Half - aka it's been awhile

Oh, hello again blogger, how have you been?

So i apologize for falling off the map regarding monthly updates, but i felt like i was losing my path.  Rather then doing adventures and writing about them i was forcing myself to be busy, taking more photos that i really didn't NEED to do instead of actually just living the moment.  And at the end of the month rather then using the blog as a fun tool to share my journey's, it was a homework assignment.

If you are a regular to my site you'll have noticed that the 2012 event logos have updated as dates approach.  And for those who did not, here's a brief over-view of how the year has been thus far.

The TGTHAO Party was again a hit, and again, it was cold as sin.  D&H hosted in VT and we managed to scream through a couple of kegs and a ton of home made pasta.   The following weekend was supposed to be a snowshoe "ultra" around Bear Brook similar to 2011.  Anyone that lives in New England knows that this year's snowfall was pitiful at best.  So needless to say the snowshoe run turned into a icy, then muddy 16 mile slogfest.   We continued to make/bottle our wine for summertime consumption.

The end of the month marked another end of the "streak"   Feel free to read year's pasts for more info on that.  

Leah's plan of moving out of apartment living in the spring meant the last hurrah of the Luau.  At least in its current form.  The theme this year was people needed to bring a homemade Chinese food dish.  And for minimal planning and a lot of last minute prep i think we had a pretty dang good spread of food.

 A week later I hit the road, trying to work off the weight i'd been putting on with all of our parties.  The Hammy Slammy 3 took place.  With, yet again, no snow the traditional pizza photo was difficult to say the least.

With the 10th annual St Patties day blow-out put on hold due to poor planning and bad timing, the gang took to the road and headed to VA Beach for the 40th Annual Shamrock Marathon Weekend.  The races had ups and downs.  It was hot, we had PRs and DNFs.  A camera was ruined and plenty of yuengling was finished.

Sadly the Fox-ley Book Hunt adventure run was canceled (hopefully postponed until 2013??) due to lack of interest.  I was a bit bummed about that after having such a blast in 2011.   The biggest event/excitement in the early part of the month was witnessing/watching my neighbors house burn down.  Ungh, i still have nightmares, I don't wish that upon anyone.   We made up for the early badness by having a grand old muddy time at the Muddy Moose.

The Wapack Fat-Ass tradition was shortened due to construction on the southern end of the trail so Loni and I did the Temple Skyline NB up and over the North Pack route, while Mandiee and Leah hiked SB over the Packs to Temple.  We hiked Askutney the week afterward with the Fortin's as they took Lula on her first hike.  With the Cinco-De-Mile run also canceled due to busy schedules and lack of interest we pressed on towards Pineland Farms.  Where Lisa would compete in her first race along side of Remme, Grant and Hailey.  Greg would also fulfill a year old pinky swear with Leah at the 25k.  Oh, and we got to meet the guys from FB&HW again at another live show.  BOOM CARDONE!

June was a blur, one week removed from camping in Maine we headed up to the Whites to do some more camping for Leah's birthday.  Sadly, it was supposed to rain from when we set up camp, to when we were to break down camp.  It didn't deter us, we brought a million tarps and bought/brought a ton of wood, along with 3+ coolers of food, beer, and wine.  And Leah and I got to dog sit doofy Lula for the weekend. I think we managed to have a grand old time.  The next couple of weekends were boring doing yard work, cleaning and staining the decks (that had never been done, even by the previous owners), but i did buy a new toy.  A BB Gun.  Oh, and Leah and I started the WNHTRS which is still going on! Come out and join us!!

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