I had the great opportunity to spend the weekend in Stowe, Vermont with my old college bestie. While on the plane there I heard Taylor Swift’s, “I don’t know about you but I’m feeling 22….” floating through my head. My friend, Liza, is one of those people that I can pick up with after any amount of time and always have something to talk about. This weekend was no exception and we had a great time. She wanted to show me everything Stowe had to offer in the summer.
Friday night we had a great dinner and caught up on kids and husbands etc. Had a few glasses of wine and reminisced.
She thinks I am a crazy exerciser (wonder why?) so she planned lots of great activities. First up, Saturday morning we took a gorgeous hike up Mansfield Mountain on the Sterling Pond Trail. It was more strenuous than I thought and very steep. On a beautiful mid seventies day it was perfect and idyllic.
It took us about 1 1/2 hours to hike up. When we got to the top, we were rewarded with this view.
Absolutely breathtaking and well work the huffing and puffing to get there. We saw some crazy barefoot hikers along the way-is that a thing? They looked ridiculous. We followed that up by a nice wine and cheese lunch. The CHEESE is so good there. My cholesterol for sure went up this weekend.
Sunday morning we were off for another adventure-a long run through the beautiful paths around the town of Stowe. We headed out for an 8 mile run. I was stunned by the natural beauty of the surroundings.
There was a creek running alongside the path with beautiful flowers, trees and birds. I actually stopped to look around a few times and take pictures which I never do at home. It was a little warmer today but with the lower humidity, it was perfect conditions for me. There were numerous wooden bridges crossing the creek that made a rattling, vibrating sound as you ran across them. I loved running so far away from cars and crowded paths. It’s a whole different experience all together. The 8 miles flew by.
We followed that up with a little shopping and a spa day with deep tissue massages. Doesn’t get much better than that until we had the pizza yum!
On the last day, we got up early and headed to the small local gym for a trio of classes. We started with a “Kranking” class. My first time doing this. Interesting concept kind of a spin class for your arms on one of these contraptions:
I thought my arms were strong but this was one tough workout. There is a definite learning curve I am sure. Our instructor looked like a typical Vermont native who really didn’t get why I wanted to take pics. We followed that up with a spin class and a “body pump” style class. I was feeling good and starving!
I couldn’t leave Vermont without a trip to the Ben & Jerry’s factory! We did a 20 minute tour of the factory where everyone is very happy and smiley.
Lucky for me they were sampling cookies and cream that day!
Ok so maybe I wasn’t quite feeling “22” but it was an amazing weekend packed with lots of physical activity, eating, wine and great company. I can’t wait to go back for another girls’ weekend.
Where is the most beautiful place you’ve run recently? Have you ever done a Kranking class?