We headed up to the Shenandoah Valley area for a camping trip this past weekend. The main reason was for our annual trip to the summer rodeo. It’s held at the horse farm where my best friend rides, from May through September, and this weekend was the last one of the season.
We stayed at the same campground that we’ve been going to for the past three years. It’s always nice to be somewhere familiar. Saturday was very rainy during the day so we mostly just hung out in the camper, reading, napping, and playing a lot of Gin Rummy.
Luckily the rain moved out and we had really nice weather for the rodeo that evening. After my best friend was done with her drill team at the start (see first picture) she came and hung out with us for the rest of the night. As always, it was a good time.
Sunday was a much prettier day. We hit the road in the early evening to head home and Hank and Scout did what they always do when we travel…
One of the downsides of driving in the south west direction in the evening is that the sun is in your eyes for most of the way. But the upside is that once the sun does start to set, you get to see a really drawn out sunset. And last night’s was a gorgeous one. When we got home it was cool and crisp and it was so clear you could see about a thousand stars. Always important to stop and appreciate things like that!
Last week was week 10 of Hokie Half Marathon training. It’s now officially race week and the race is this Sunday! Here’s what I did as part of my taper for the race:
Monday – 3 mile run in the afternoon. It was 85 degrees and humid, and I was reminded of the importance to bring water on hot runs no matter the distance.
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday- 6 mile long run in the evening. I was pretty tired from a long work day, but I felt pretty good during my run. I got my long run in early since we would be traveling and I didn’t want to do my long run at that campground (this is why).
Thursday – 3 mile run in the evening after work
Friday – 3 mile run in the evening with Barry after we got to the campground.
Saturday – rest. Rodeo!!
Sunday – rest.
How was your weekend?
Have you ever been to a rodeo?
Do you have any end-of-summer traditions?