Let the Summer Begin!

03 Aug

It’s been a weird summer.  Seems that June and August have switched places.  June was extremely hot and dry.  The grass died, the weeds died, we even had a tree die.  When the rains came, though, they really came.  So these past few weeks when we’d normally be seeing things die off, they’re thriving!  Even our little tree is sprouting again.  Makes me feel like we’re starting summer over.  Which is fine by me.

See, the first part of summer was all work no play, but our girls’ trip to Indiana changed that, and got the ball rolling for future fun.  Last night, Hubby and I played tourist while Mario and her friend attended a concert in downtown St. Louis.  We toured the Old Courthouse, watched the sun set on the Arch grounds and walked the city with a waffle cone full of ice cream.  (I haven’t given it up completely.)




Not my pic of The Old Courthouse, but if you look to the right, the dark brick building is my old hotel, where we happened to stay the night of the concert.








Again, not my pic, but this is what the Arch grounds are looking like these days.  They’ve been redoing the interstates and ramps to make the pedestrian commute much easier, safer, and nicer.  The dark brick building to the right is my old hotel.  In fact, you can see the room we stayed in last night.  Fantastic view.




Tomorrow is the first of 9 working days in a row, which will likely suck, but there’s a pot of gold waiting for me at the end.  Amp, Chip and I will leave next Sunday for an adventure of a lifetime.  Ok, maybe not.  But I get all giddy inside whenever I think about it.

I get to climb The Incline in Colorado.  Something I’ve been dying to do ever since I learned about it from Abby.  I love having a physical challenge to look forward to, and have been gearing up for it for months now.  I can’t stand the excitement!

The boys are NOT ready for a physical challenge, but are excited about visiting Colorado.  If the prospect of moving there can get them through one more year of school, then I’m all for it. And heck, I could visit them all. the. time.

After Colorado, the physical challenges ain’t over yet.  In September I’ll be biking 175 miles in two days.  My new bike is up for the challenge.  I just hope I am.  I’ve had some good training rides though, and have never felt better, so I’m feeling pretty good about it.

Fingers are crossed for some good weather for both.  These days, you just can’t be sure what Mother Nature is going to do.


Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Health and Fitness, Vacation


8 responses to “Let the Summer Begin!

  1. Ramzu Zahini

    August 4, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Hope you are having the weather of your preference there! (Personally I like it to rain everyday, because I just love the cold and wet).
    Physical challenge? I am never ready for that, but I hope you guys do.
    Now post some picture of your workplace so I can be judgmental about it 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      August 4, 2016 at 1:30 am

      Haha! I suppose it’s time I post a pic of my other “home”. Get your judgements ready…..

  2. agg79

    August 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Yea the weather seems to be backwards this year for everyone. We’ve had a ton of rain down here since April, so our drought is officially behind us. Sounds like you guys had a pretty good time downtown.

    The upcoming trip sounds exciting. I feel that any time spent is the mountains is well worth the drive to get there. Just don’t hurt yourself running up the Incline. I am sure you will have an experienced guide to help you make the accent. I expect to see lots of pictures of the crew (pre & post climb) and make sure you take the right trail down.

    • shadowrun300

      August 5, 2016 at 4:09 am

      Right? Don’t want to be one of those jacka$$es that come down the incline. I suspect my guide will keep me in line.
      Get ready for lots of grainy cell phone pics!

  3. Abby

    August 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Haa at Ramzu!
    I’m so excited for your upcoming visit! And I’m totally confident in your ability to “handle” the Incline. I think our biggest challenge will be finding a place to park! I’ll be putting on my you-should-totally-move-to-Colorado! hat for Chip and Amp to provide an anchor for you :D.

    I visited the St. Louis Arch area several years ago. It’s nicely changed!

    • shadowrun300

      August 5, 2016 at 4:24 am

      I don’t think we’ll need to talk them into moving. We just need to talk them into getting a job once they’re there. :/
      I didn’t even know to be concerned about parking. Here I was worried about breathing.
      And yeah, the Arch grounds are so much nicer, and the museum underneath will be fantastic once it’s complete. They don’t let you climb up it though, so it’s not that fun.

  4. llcooljoe

    August 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Ha ha, your excitement over your physical challenges sound like a nightmare to me! I hope you enjoy them and live to blog about them too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather and no broken bones.

    • shadowrun300

      August 8, 2016 at 4:08 am

      Thanks for the good wishes! With my injury record, I need all the crossed fingers I can get. Either way, I’ll be sure to blog about it. Stay tuned!


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