Cabin Evening

Friday when I got home from work, I suggested we head up to the cabin for the evening. We still can’t drive in (what happened to the first week of June?!) but we can get close. Before heading up to the top we took care of a huge mountain hemlock that had fallen across the road.

The tree was too rotten to count the rings…but it was OLD. The bark was about 3″ thick!

Up at the cabin, I took a piece of plywood outside and put Sprocket’s blanket on it. Voilà, yoga area! I did the P90X yoga video outside while Sprocket nosed around in the snow and checked out the fresh elk and moose tracks and F started putting together a burn pile for the evening. It felt so good to be outside in the sunshine!

After my workout, we opened the Elysian Idiot Sauvin IPA I’d found in Coeur D’Alene. It was pretty good but not stellar. For dinner I whipped up a cabin special: canned spaghetti sauce garnished with a can of sliced mushrooms and another can of olives. We lit the burn pile and took care of a bunch of limbs and branches that had been laying around as we watched the sunset over Sunset Peak.

Saturday morning we decided to head up Cooper Pass and see if we could go to Thompson Falls, Montana. Unfortunately, there is still a bunch of snow on the road up that way and we didn’t even make it as far as Glidden Lakes before being turned around by now. Instead, we hiked up Military Gulch until the road dipped over into Sonora Gulch  which is just below our cabin.

We’re supposed to have people over to the cabin next Saturday. Hope for snow melt!!

Forcing yourself to work out when you’re busy…

When I was a little kid, I associated yoga with yogurt. Possibly with Yogi the Bear.

In junior high a friend and I worked along to one of her mother’s yoga videos. It must have been yoga for beginners or relaxation or something like that because all I remember is a lot of Child’s Pose.

Yesterday, I attempted the P90X yoga video. It was pleasantly challenging (I didn’t throw in the pushups he suggested) if a little long (I skipped a few sections, shortening it to an hour for my first time). I worked hard but wasn’t really sure how much I got out of it.

These days that’s tough. We’re back and forth to Post Falls for EMT class when completely eats up my post work hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday I just want to sit and not do anything. And unfortunately, that’s been the case on the weekends too.

I feel so much better when I work out. I woke up this morning to pleasantly sore abs and shoulders. I actually like working out. It was a Monday morning and I was tired and groggy but able to pry myself from bed. I totally wish I could say that I’d get up at five to work out MWF but realistically, that’s not going to happen so instead, I’ll commit myself to actually doing something on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday even if it’s as small as going for a walk (although, those endorphins from working hard are what I’m really after).

Sound good? Okay.

Besides, I get to run this sweet race again in June!:

Rainier to Ruston

P.S. Sprocket is really helpful on the whole yoga thing. Face is often near the ground or legs are in perfect walk through position.