Hike, Eat, Repeat

May 9th

View of Ketchum from Baldy Mtn

Dorks, hiking

Fancy bubbly

Beet Salad -- whatev.

My delicious pizza

Best coconut ice cream ever

Panna Cotta

The Fin and the Donk

Dinner at Ciro in Sun Valley was outstanding. So very good! Asparagus pizza, beet salad, homemade panna cotta and coconut ice cream. This morning, we worked off the carb fog by hiking along the Frenchman’s Bend trail at Baldy Mountain. Sights included: my feet in snow, pine cones, dirt, mud, more snow, aspens, giant Douglas fir, baby Douglas fir, tiny wildflowers, a happy + chatty Finny, a happy + sweaty me*, and fresh mountain lion tracks.

(That last part was kinda scary. Fin reassured me that as long as we kept talking, he’d say away from us on the trail. If you know either of us, you know silence is hard even during sleep. I finished the hike talking like a four-year-old after a giant piece of birthday cake, while clapping my hands for extra noise — just in case.)

Ketchum and Sun Valley are a fun mix of the super rich and the super down-to-earth. There are a lot of gigantic second homes and many sweet people in town who love the local thrift store. Fin and I are enjoying the bizarre mix — including both trips to said thrift store and to the fancy restaurants. (I’ve decided $10 homemade coconut ice cream is like having a little tropical vacation in your mouth.)

Tomorrow we are home again to the routine. This tour of our own personal Idaho has been truly splendid. I am looking forward to next year’s adventure with Finny already.


* You know those 60 days of yoga? While they provided bendy enlightenment, they killed my cardio. I’ve been struggling the last month to find my running legs again and am so thankful this trip has been so active. We’ve hiked quite a bit and rented bikes and walked to and fro. I hope when I lace up the running shoes later this week, the jaunt around Tempe Town Lake is a wee bit easier. I do love running, but right now I am paying dearly for giving my other athletic hobbies such attention. Time to get back on the cardio horse, one sweaty, out of breath gallup at a time.

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8 Responses

  1. I’m sure you had a great time together!
    P.S. Is that you have on the shawl you made yourself? The one with just one botton on the front? Nice color!

  2. What a great way to celebrate friendship and the wonderful opportunities to be found in nature. The mountain lion thing would have scared me, too. I was stalked by one whilst hiking in the canyons one time (by myself which was a major mistake) and have never forgotten that fear. Now I don’t hike alone. Anyway, I’m glad you and Finny have had so much fun.

  3. It all sounds lovely. And don’t you look lovely in that orange wrap? It is meant for you!

  4. Seriously? You two are adorable. Glad you had such a good time. 🙂

  5. I read Finny Knits and found you through her post and as I’m reading I see that you are planning to run around Tempe Town Lake which probably means you live nearby! Well imagine that! I’m in Scottsdale! Always fun to stumble across bloggers in your town and see how connected random people can be!

    P.S. Looks like it was a lovely trip =)

  6. My sister-in-law loves to scare us with tales of mountain lions carrying off family pets. Fun times in Idaho!

  7. hey kel – re the yoga…the trainer we’re working with is a crossfit trainer…I reckon you might light crossfit, maybe see if you can check out a local one. this is the one we see http://www.sfgym.com.au

  8. Looks so fun. And, coconut ice cream!!?!? YUM.