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Tuesday Things & Colorado Day #1

Road Trip, Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends. Happy Tuesday! Sooo I just wrote about half of this post and then somehow managed to delete it! Sigh…major bummer. So here we go again haha. How has your week been so far? Mine has been busy but great (other than previously mentioned deletion of half my blog post). I am continuing to love my rotation. I absolutely love all of my patients and feel like I am learning so much…and hopefully making a positive impact on their lives <3

I took advantage of the CyberMonday deals on Amazon yesterday and ordered a ski jacket, mittens and a vest…now I just need to actually LEARN to ski haha. I’m researching the best “beginning” ski deals in the area currently - if you know of some good ones, let me know! It is a little overwhelming.

This will be a short Tuesday Things and then I’m recapping my first day in Colorado for you guys - along with some hiking and brewery recommendations :) Sorry I’m a little late on my recap posts!

1. These are the mittens I ordered last night and I’m super excited about them haha…just had to share ;)

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2. I went snowshoeing for the first time on Sunday afternoon up at Alta and it was BREATHTAKING. I literally felt like I was walking around in a snow globe. It was a pretty good workout too! I was amazed at some of the backcountry skiers I saw…holy cow, those guys are IN SHAPE! Big thanks to my new friend Ben for loaning me snowshoes and showing me the ropes :)

3. Now that Thanksgiving is over…it’s time to start thinking about one of the BEST parts of Christmas - cookies! Jessica’s Holiday Baking List will not steer you wrong. I’m going to attempt the chewy chai snickerdoodles this weekend :)

4. Have you guys heard of the AllTrails app?? I think I am super late to the game on this one but I downloaded it this past weekend and it is such a great resource for any and all hiking wherever you may be. I’m planning to do Mount Van Cott this weekend.

5. I recently tried FourSigmatic’s hot cacao mix and really loved it. It isn’t too sweet which I like. AND it is infused with reishi elixir so it is a perfect drink to help you wind down before bed :)

6. Chelsea shared THIS recipe for sweet potato chili and it looks so delicious (the recipe is towards the bottom of her post). I love that it includes regular sweet potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes. I’ll be giving this a shot for my Sunday meal prep!

7. We went to check out the lights at Temple Square on Friday night and despite the rain, it was beautiful. I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the SLC area <3 We also grabbed a drink at Beerhive Pub afterwards in downtown Salt Lake and it was a great experience. They have an extensive, varied beer list and the food was really yummy :)

The Honey Hips Ale by Latitude 33 (above) was delicious; it had just a hint of sweetness from the honey. Definitely recommend!

Alright…better late than never! Colorado Adventures Day #1 : Boulder!

Will and I got into Boulder around 5:30pm that Tuesday (we left from Charlotte on Monday AM, stopped in St. Louis, then drove to Boulder all day Tuesday). We checked into our Airbnb which was super cute and very affordable. I highly recommend staying with Kyle & Lisa if you are ever in the area; they are excellent hosts. Their private studio was so cozy and just a short drive from downtown Boulder. They also had chickens and ducks which made me super happy :)

We went to Under the Sun Eatery & Pizzeria on Tuesday night upon recommendation from Kyle and Lisa. I had one of the best salads I have ever eaten…seriously, it was insane. It was the Power Flower and it had “organic mixed greens, roasted cauliflower, bacon, pickled onion, aged white cheddar, and lemon caper vinaigrette” - the roasted cauliflower was the star. Will and I also split The Wild Boom pizza (roasted Hazel Dell mushrooms, woodfired onions, sundried tomatoes, fontina, Grana Padano, fresh parsley) and had a few beers. It was a perfect, laid-back first night in Boulder.

We also went into a little beer and wine shop in the shopping center that Under the Sun was in - I didn’t take any pictures though and I cannot remember the name…BUT, if you are ever in the area, pop around the corner and check it out! They had a huge, well-rounded beer selection and the staff were super knowledgeable and so friendly. I wish I could remember the name to give them a shout out! We rounded out our first CO night with a beer in our cozy little bungalow and then crashed super hard. Why does driving wear you out so much but all you’re doing is sitting?? Then we were up with the sun the next morning to start our first hike…to be continued ;)

But just a little sneak preview of the Flatirons…

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Hope you have an awesome hump day! I’ll talk to you soon :)

Big Love & Pura Vida!

Mountain Weekend Recap...

Weekend AdventuresMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends! Happy Monday - I hope you had a wonderful, restful weekend and enjoyed some cooler weather!

I had a perfect mountain weekend up on Bald Mountain near Weaverville, NC - we were about 45 minutes outside of Asheville. The fella and I met one of our favorite “couple friends” at a gorgeous mountain house that our friend Tracy’s family graciously allowed us to enjoy for the weekend :) Matt is one of my good friends from PT school and Tracy is his wife - and significantly better half…just kidding, Matt…mostly ;) Matt and Tracy are who actually first got me interested in triathlons! We share a love of all things active, outdoor adventures and delicious food, wine and craft beer with them…essentially all of their favorite things are our favorite things too :) It makes for a fun weekend.

I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves. If you are looking for a new location for a weekend mountain adventure though, I highly recommend finding a cabin or Airbnb near Weaverville, NC. Their downtown area is adorable with lots of fun, quirky shops, an amazing bakery, two breweries and a pizza shop with some to-die-for thin crust, wood-fired pizzas <3 There is awesome hiking along the AT with spectacular views. AND it is totally still feasible to take a day trip into Asheville! That is a win-win. Hopefully we’ll be back sooner than later!

Matt and I met at his parent’s house on our way up and rode the rest of the way together. Will beat us there by an hour or so and he and Tracy greeted us with a glass of wine :) Can you tell we like wine justttt a little? ;)

We all slept in a little later than initially planned on Saturday morning because we stayed up late catching up the night before. Tracy made us breakfast the next morning: hash browns, sauted greens, scrambled eggs and sliced avocado (Trader Joe’s EBTB seasoning was my contribution…bc I’m obsessed and travel with it everywhere —> super cool kid over here you guys). It was perfect fuel for our morning hike…

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Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

Misty mountain morning views from the deck…

And by hike…I mean, semi-casual 2 mile stroll through the woods. We were all still moving a little slow from staying up so late and from more than a few glasses of wine ;) Totally worth it though. This was a meandering nature trail close to the mountain house in Wolf Laurel. I would definitely like to come back to do some trail running here!

Next up: Weaverville! We decided to venture into Weaverville on Saturday afternoon after our morning hike. We walked around in some SUPER cute shops and I had to remind myself that I am (essentially) living out of my car until May so I do NOT need to buy all the super cute knick-knacks…sigh. I did buy a felt, crafted yellow bird that I’ll hang on our Christmas tree one day and some specialty popcorn - so glorious. I am a sucker for anything that I can turn into a Christmas ornament and coffee mugs when I’m traveling. So then when you are choosing a mug in the morning or when you’re decorating your Christmas tree, every piece has a story and a memory behind it :)

After strolling around and taking in downtown, we popped into the two new-to-us breweries: Zebulon Artisan Ales and Eluvium Brewing Co. They were both innovative, small batch brewing companies and I definitely recommend checking them both out if you are in the area and enjoy craft beer <3

We rounded out our afternoon with a late lunch at Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub. Y’ALL. Yes, we already had a few craft beers so we were primed for some pizza but this pizza 100% delivered - no pun intended ;) Will and I split the caesar salad (romaine, shaved parmesan, herbed croutons, Caesar dressing, diced tomato & candied bacon) and the Pesto Perfection (parmesan crust, pesto sauce, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, feta). It. was. glorious.

Will, Matt and I all tried their house craft beer as well - we all ended up getting an 8 oz. pour of the Captain Trips Ale, a 9.5% Belgian Tripel…hence, the 8 oz. pour ;) If you are in Weaverville, please check this local spot out - they have nailed the beer AND pizza game.

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Hi beautiful friend :)

Hi beautiful friend :)

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A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

A picture of a lone slice bc I may or may not have already devoured the rest of the pizza before I remembered to take a picture…

The rest of Saturday afternoon was devoted to another short 2 mile hike up to Bald Mountain where we burned off approximately 1 slice of pizza and half a beer for our efforts ;) Bald Mountain is part of the Appalachian Trail and we were able to take in 360’ mountain views. There is something about the mountains that just humbles and inspires me - it can make me feel so small yet so connected to this land I get to call home. Beautiful views with beautiful friends…life does not get much sweeter.

That second to last picture of the boys cracks me up…they were making fun of me and Tracy for taking a “holding hands with mountains in the distance” picture ;) Also, I love that Rocky (Tracy and Matt’s dog) joined in for the last boy’s picture.

My favorite part of the day was when we got back to the house. We sat on the back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge and took in a magnificent sunset. As the day faded into night, I was overwhelmed by the love and sweet friendship of these 3 people. We bundled up in our warmest, coziest clothes and stayed up far too late sitting on the porch, drinking yummy pumpkin beers and enjoying wonderful conversation. My heart is so full and I feel so lucky to be able to do life with these guys…and Rocky, of course ;)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)

This is my FAVORITE pumpkin beer :)

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Sunday morning was spent in a mild state of sadness as we prepared to leave this beautiful place. I’m so happy for the time that we had though and look forward to even more adventures in the future. Matt and I rode back to his parents and watched the last half of the Panthers/Redskins game - he’s a Redskins fan and I’m a Panthers fan…sad day for me. Then it was time to get on the road back to Beaufort. The weekend was far too short but it sure was sweet.

Only 3 more weeks in the low country and then I’ll be headed out west to Salt Lake City. Send me your recommendations! Happy Monday loves. I hope you have a wonderful, joy-filled week <3