Saturday, September 30, 2006

Marathon Weekend

We're leaving in about an hour for Prince Edward County where I'll be running the marathon tomorrow. We've got a stop along the way to go to the race expo and then we'll check in to our cottage by 1:00 pm. We're staying for the week to relax and do touristy stuff.

I can't wait. I really feel ready for this race. My last few runs have been good. Now if the weather would just cooperate. The forecast is for rain, but I'm being optimistic.

I'll give a report when we get back next weekend.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Week at the Cottage

We spent last week at a cottage on the Bruce Peninsula. It was great. The weather was really nice the weekend we arrived, so Saturday, we spent a lot of time on the deck and Sunday we did a short hike near Tobermory. The Bruce Peninsula National Park has a new visitor centre, so we hiked from the Cairn that marks the end of the Bruce Trail to the visitor centre, which is only half a kilometre. There is a lookout tower there, so we climbed that to get a look at Georgian Bay. I hate heights, so I was a little freaked out going up that thing. There is a short loop trail that goes to the point so we did that too. Hubby's new hip couldn't take much more of that, so we headed back to the cottage for a quiet dinner and watched a most awesome sunset.

It rained on Monday, so we spent a relaxing day reading and doing a jigsaw puzzle. The rest of the week wasn't too bad weatherwise, so we had more hiking opportunities, and I got three nice training runs in.

On Tuesday, I was running, with hubby following in the truck to save me from getting eaten by a bear. All of a sudden I looked down and there were three baby snapping turtles on the road, so we stopped to rescue them. We ended up saving 19 turtles from imminent death on the road. It was just the neatest thing. We actually watched some of them hatch from their nest. I left the cottage that morning without my camera, though, so too bad I didn't get any pictures of them. They were so cute.

All in all it was a great week. We needed to get away somewhere quiet, and this really fit the bill. If you've never been to the Bruce, you don't know what you're missing. The Georgian Bay shoreline is just beautiful. Here's a picture of the Grotto in Bruce Pensinsula National Park.

Next week we'll be in Prince Edward County. I'm running the Prince Edward County Marathon this Sunday. We've never been there before, so we're really looking forward to doing some sightseeing up there.