Summer Bucket List | Hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park

Summer is in full swing here in Vegas (read: hot as an oven!) so going out to Bryce Canyon, UT this past weekend and enjoying cooler temps was such a nice break from the 100+ temps.  Since we were already going to Bryce Canyon for our half marathon, we decided to make a family trip out of it and add it to our Summer Bucket List!  

Our obligatory/traditional photo in front of the national park sign! 

Our obligatory/traditional photo in front of the national park sign! 

After the 5 hour drive on Friday (we took the scenic route) we totally needed to stretch our legs and let the kids run around.  We found a list of suggested trails and decided on Mossy Cave, it was an easy & short 0.8 trail that led to a small waterfall and offered pretty scenery.  It was just the right amount of exploring we needed before dinner and calling it a night since Jason and I had an early start the next day!  

After Saturday's Bryce Canyon Half Marathon and a hearty breakfast, we made our way to hike among the hoodoos on Navajo Loop.  It was a fun 2 mile trail that led you down into the canyon and then back up.  Some of the drop offs were kinda scary, especially with my daredevil Parkour loving 13 year old nephew and Diego ready to keep up with him!  But, we all survived and were starving afterwards.  My sister and Jared took off to come back to Vegas after our late lunch and we went back to the room to relax a bit.  Running a half marathon, then hiking for 2 miles really made us tired and I think I was in bed snoring by 9pm.  It would have been sooner but we had to get dinner and some groceries for the picnic we were planning the next day.  

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On Sunday, I was still a little sore from the race, but I felt so much better. After breakfast, we made our way back to the park so the kids could listen to a ranger talk, which was part of their Jr. Ranger program.  We've been doing these National Park Jr. Ranger booklets for years now, but this was the first year Elysse was actually excited about completing her booklet and getting the badge.  It was pretty cute :) Her souvenir from the trip was a army green Jr. Ranger vest!   

After our picnic lunch and a little walk around some lookout points, we pretty much called it a day and started our trip to Vegas!  Like I said, this was a much needed break from the Vegas heat and just the daily grind.  Going on road trips and vacations with my family is really one of my favorite things to do and I'm so grateful for all the memories we get to make together.  I can't wait for the next one!  

What's one of your favorite things to do with your family?  Do you have a favorite National Park? What's on your summer bucket list?  



Half Marathon Training | Week 7

Woohoo I felt so much better about my training this past week.  It was a nice re-boot and although I'm still sore, I feel great knowing that I'm back on track and training hard! I also made better food choices and less "treats"!  I had book club with my girls on Friday, so I did indulge in some yummy Middle Eastern food & wine, but other than that, I stayed on track with my Paleo meals :)

Here's the rundown of the week!  

Monday:  6 mile run ( 3 miles on treadmill & 3 miles on the indoor track at the gym)

Tuesday: 4 mile run (2 treadmill & 2 track) then ab work

Wednesday:  1 hr. PIT (Pure Intensity Training) Class 

Thursday: 1 hr. Strength Training Session with Personal Trainer

Friday:  - 1 hr Pilates

Saturday: RECOVERY DAY

Sunday: 9 mile group hike/run to Fletcher Peak in Mt. Charleston with 3,300 ft. elevation gain.  It was brutal but awesome at the same time. 

Total Miles:  19 miles (YAY!!!) 

Halfway up our trail at Mt. Charleston and enjoying the view! 

Halfway up our trail at Mt. Charleston and enjoying the view! 

I was very happy when we reached the summit, can't you tell?!!? 

I was very happy when we reached the summit, can't you tell?!!? 

A group shot of the awesome folks I hiked up with! 

A group shot of the awesome folks I hiked up with! 

Here's to a great week ahead of working hard for our goals and making it to the top!

xo,

Jessie

Enjoying the Great Outdoors | Red Rock Canyon

One of the best things about having friends and family visit us in Las Vegas, is getting to show them the parts of Las Vegas that most people don't know about.  I'm not talking about the sketchy side of town, but rather the great outdoors!  Las Vegas offers a ton of opportunities to get outside, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and hike!  One of our favorite spots is Red Rock Canyon

The day before the Rock N Roll Half Marathon, we took my cousin and her hubby to check out Red Springs at Calico Basin, which is within the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.  This is a great spot for picnics and hiking with the family.  There's a boardwalk that goes all around the area and trails that are easily accessible from there and the parking lot.  We chose to walk around the boardwalk a bit, then make our way to one of the trails that connects from the boardwalk up a hill and among the huge rocks.  It was a little chilly & windy that day, but once we started walking we all felt great.  Getting outside and taking in the fresh air is such a great for our family to connect.  It really helps that there is no cell phone reception out there too ;) 

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I am so grateful to have such an amazing family that I can spend time with!  Here's to enjoying life and being with our loved ones. 

 

ps.  Be sure to check out my Sweaty Bands Giveaway going on right now!