Before we moved, I wrote a nostalgic post about my very last incline. At the time, I was tackling all of my “one last time” items on my to do list… I was sad but also excited about the adventure that was to come.
After our quick departure from Colorado Springs, it has been a whirlwind! Over the summer, we were busy with the move and the ups/downs that come with buying a century old home in the city (some adventures are more fun than others). It seemed like as soon as we were somewhat settled, it was time to register kids for school and activities.
At the same time, I was squeezing in workouts (sometimes creatively) and figuring out where to run in my urban neighborhood that wasn’t all concrete. I finally settled on running from my house via nearby Woodland Park to Green Lake and back. With some wandering, I can get a good 10 miles in (for longer run days) on mostly softer surfaces and since that has been my longest distance since the marathon, it works just fine. Green Lake is my new Santa Fe Trail it seems… I’m developing the same love/hate relationship with it.
Things are calming down, we are fairly settled in, we’ve addressed most of the crisis-es (knock on wood) and we’ve fallen into a routine. And as things slow down a little bit, some days I feel nostalgic. Perhaps it’s a product of moving from a place that I called home for 21+ years or because I just sent my first born baby off to college 300 miles away, but I find myself reminiscing these days. And I don’t even know if reminiscing is the right word – It’s not about missing things… I miss so much about Colorado, not the least of which, my friends… but I have a new life to cultivate here and I really am excited about that. I miss Daniel but I know he’s in an exciting place in life and working on his goals/education and future.
It’s about the sudden nostalgic feeling, the homesickness that hits out of the blue or when I see a picture of the Peak with the year’s first snow dusting. Or when I see a post about a race that I won’t be at this year… it’s that weird feeling of “I can’t believe I am gone”… a tiny moment of sadness that I indulge in for just that moment and then move forward.
September 2011… I have countless peak pics in my library
Anyway – I did a bit of indulging this weekend as Mark and I went to WSU in Pullman, WA for our first college “Dad’s Weekend” – we made it a parents’ weekend instead. Being Mods, we did little of the conventional activities… we aren’t big football fans unless it happens to be a UGA v. Tech game over Thanksgiving . Instead we picked up Daniel, had a picnic by a stream near the visitors center and went to a movie (Captain Phillips – great movie) and then dinner.
The next day, we participated in the Dad’s hike at Kamiak Butte Park. We ventured out on our own on the more difficult trail that took us up to a ridge and wound it’s way back down… max altitude 3600 ft which we joked about because we still consider ourselves high altitude bad asses (though the reality is that these days, a Barr Trail run would probably kick our asses ).
Mark and Dan
While I was hiking, my first thought was “man, I wish I was getting a run in”… but then my mind started to wander. It was great spending time with Daniel and it was weird having ‘just’ him with us … bringing back memories of when it was just me and my tiny baby boy in base housing at the AFA so many years ago. I first started this blog when he wasn’t even in high school yet and now he is a grown man, in college. It seems like forever ago and it seems like just yesterday at the same time.
me & my baby
Hiking the trail brought back memories of the countless adventures we had in CO. We really haven’t had time to explore the trails around Washington and this weekend’s trip brought that to my attention. I am definitely creating a “new to do” list and I hope to bring you some tales from Seattle area trails soon!
In the meantime, I know that the homesick moments will grow fewer and that I will finally stop ordering food for 3 kids when I am at the prepared foods section at Whole Foods on a regular weeknight. Our new realities and adventures will create new memories for me to look back on in future days…