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RV Fun, Food & Others

Monday, July 28, 2014

Time has been flying by. We enjoyed hiking in the Rocky Mountains and exploring Jasper. We stayed one night in a cabin along a creek in the mountains.

Then we had a family camp at the old farm. The kids were crazy busy running around playing tag, hide & seek, catching butterflies and I too them for trips to town to the splash park and playgrounds. Meals were delicious made from the contents of our fridges and cupboards. The men were busy putting in new windows and siding on the guest cabin, great job!

Then the family headed to Edmonton and we headed south to attend a country wedding which was a lot of fun. The ceremony was held in the afternoon, outdoors under a sunny Alberta sky. It was the shortest hitching ever, followed by celebratory beverages. We had a rest in our RV and returned for the dinner (catered by the Hutterites), speeches and dance.

We pulled out this morning and headed north to Okotoks to camp on the Sheep River. In the afternoon we visited with hubby's DB & DSIL's then went out to dinner with them. Another great annual visit with them.

We are meeting our friends here for an early breakfast, before we head north to Edmonton. We will be in Edmonton one night and collect up 3 little darlings, then head to Drumheller the dinosaur capital of the universe - museums, walks in the badlands, etc.

Later in the week we will be in Red Deer area, then on to Nordegg. The weather here in Alberta has been so good, and hopefully more to come.

I did not weigh in the week but my clothes feel ok. That's important to me because my clothes are all for my current size.

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/28/2014 11:31PM

    sounds like a fantatic trip!!!!

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SHERYLP461 7/28/2014 11:16PM

    What a great trip, wish I were there!

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DLITE719 7/28/2014 3:36PM

    Sounds like a fun but busy trip.

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NHES220 7/28/2014 3:36PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time! Enjoy!

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/28/2014 1:19PM

    Sounds as if everyone is having a fabulous time! Good for you!
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PINKPANTHERS 7/28/2014 12:45PM

    Sounds like an awesome adventure! Glad you are enjoying yourself!

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LIS193 7/28/2014 12:36PM

    Sounds like a great time!!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2014 12:35PM

    Your Rocky Mountain trip sounded wonderful! The family farm sounds great too and the rest of your plans. I would love it - interesting, fun, relaxing, rewarding.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/28/2014 11:53AM

    What an awesome trip!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/28/2014 11:29AM

    What a great vacation! Hope you have just as much fun on the rest of the trip!

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ROCKPORT9 7/28/2014 11:19AM

    What a fun trip! Enjoy!

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KATELJM 7/28/2014 10:39AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Intrigued by your essay, I read up on Hutterites. Fascinating!

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/28/2014 10:15AM

    Sounds like you have had lots of fun and adventure! Happy to see your doing fantastic!
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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/28/2014 10:09AM

    Sounds like you have been enjoying your vacation.

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SUEARNOLD1 7/28/2014 7:44AM

    Wow it sounds like you're having a great time.

No worries about getting your exercise in. You've been busy and having fun.

Here's all the best for the rest of the trip. Keep us posted.



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ROXYZMOM 7/28/2014 7:41AM

    What a great vacation! Sounds like you are getting tons of exercise with all that you are doing.

Enjoy!!

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LILYDOG11 7/28/2014 5:12AM

    Glad you're having a fantastic time !! Keep us posted.

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18 Days in the RV

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tomorrow we are headed to Alberta for a RV trip. It will be fun to spend time with family and do some sightseeing. I expect I will lose weight during this time.

Daily Plan

1) 3 home cooked meals
2) early to bed
3) 10,000 steps
4) 8 cups of water
5) have fun!

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/22/2014 11:10AM

    Have a great time!

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LIVINGSIMPLY355 7/21/2014 4:49PM

    Have a great time and loads of fun on your trip!


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DOROTHYBERO 7/21/2014 1:59PM

    Have Fun!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/21/2014 1:17PM

    I love RV-ing; we are on day 70 in ours! But unlike you, I GAIN weight when we RV! emoticon

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BECOMEFEARLESS 7/21/2014 11:30AM

    Have fun and good luck with the weight loss!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/21/2014 7:41AM

    Enjoy!

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/21/2014 6:04AM

    Love your plan! Have Fun and be Safe!
Hugs,
Roodles

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/20/2014 11:08PM

    Have a safe and fun trip!!!!

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MNABOY 7/20/2014 4:49PM

    Great and safe trip!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/20/2014 4:04PM

    Perfect plan! Have a great time!! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/20/2014 1:30PM

    Have a BLAST!!! And if you get tired of cooking, you know you can eat healthy food out... just not every day!

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MAINEALI 7/20/2014 1:07PM

    It does sound great! I'm not sure about the 18 days in an RV though.

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LIS193 7/20/2014 11:44AM

    Have a wonderful time!!

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WILSONWR 7/20/2014 8:56AM

    That sounds like a great trip! Don't feel bad if you eat out occasionally - it's always nice to try some of the local food in different areas. Have fun!

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PINKPANTHERS 7/19/2014 10:55PM

    That sounds awesome! Have a great time, and way to plan! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/19/2014 10:21PM

    Watch out for the bears!!

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SHERYLP461 7/19/2014 10:10PM

    Have a wonderful time, we have spent a couple of months in ours, it isn't so bad.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/19/2014 9:27PM

    Sounds wonderful! I hope you have a fantastic time!!

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/19/2014 9:24PM

    Enjoy th e Beautiful scenery, and your road trip! Have FUN!!

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SUEARNOLD1 7/19/2014 4:07PM

    You have a great plan. Have fun!

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LUCYCAN7 7/19/2014 4:06PM

  Wishing you a safe,happy and healthy trip.Enjoy your Family time. emoticon emoticon

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TERESA159 7/19/2014 3:50PM

    You take the best trips in that ole RV of yours. I love road trips best. Have a great time and just stick with that awesome plan!

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KATELJM 7/19/2014 2:34PM

    You WILL lose weight, because you have a PLAN to do it! Have a great time!

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WIZKEY 7/19/2014 2:03PM

    Enjoy!!!

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ROCKPORT9 7/19/2014 2:01PM

    Great plan! Great trip! emoticon hugs, Laurel

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LILYDOG11 7/19/2014 1:37PM

    Have a great time !!

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ELRIDDICK 7/19/2014 1:31PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Summer Berries

Friday, July 18, 2014

In my last blog I posted the recipe for

Refrigerator Jam

2 cups of berries
2 tbsp honey (I used 1 cup Splenda)
2 tbsps chia seeds

Process all ingredients in blender, refrigerate over night. The chia seeds will gel and thicken the fruit.

For chunky add diced fruit.

I made the recipe a couple of times and 4 cups of raspberries is 2 cups of pureed raspberries. I sweetened with Splenda and decided one cup of Splenda is good with 2 cups of pureed berries. I made 2 batches, each one made to 2 small jars (1 cup each) and I froze the second jar, so hopefully that works out when I take jars out of the freezer later.

  
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TERESA159 7/19/2014 4:31PM

    I am on the edge of my chair!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/19/2014 12:37AM

    I might have to try this with the blackberries I'm going to be picking over the weekend. I'll use erythritol instead though. Thanks for sharing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/18/2014 11:04PM

    Sounds so good

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DOROTHYBERO 7/18/2014 1:22PM

    Yum!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/18/2014 11:35AM

    Sounds tasty! And a great way to use summer's bounty!

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ROXYZMOM 7/18/2014 11:13AM

    That sounds good.
Thanks!

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TURTLETALK 7/18/2014 11:11AM

    Yum.......

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SEWINGMAMACDS 7/18/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon Yummy

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WILSONWR 7/18/2014 9:19AM

    That does sound good. Thanks for sharing, Lynn!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2014 8:30AM

    Sounds delicious!! Berries are my favorite fruits!

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KATIBUG49 7/18/2014 8:29AM

    Sounds good, I may have to give this a try, thanks.

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SHERYLP461 7/18/2014 8:21AM

    Sounds amazing. I have 8 lbs of blueberries in the freezer, I will give it a try.

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SUEARNOLD1 7/18/2014 7:53AM

    I want ot try this one!

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PMRUNNER 7/18/2014 6:51AM

    yum!

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CMCLAIRE 7/18/2014 5:10AM

    Yum!

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Cardio Has to Be Fun!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Yesterday we took the kids to the park where we walked and zipped down the hill on cardboard.


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I got bored with the 10,000 daily steps, but it has been a good way to consistently exercise even when I travel. I have been looking for fun way to exercise.

I am packing and cleaning, the kids are helping a bit. We are going back to our place in Washington. Tonight we are going into Bellingham to meet our friends and see a street concert and food vendors (will make healthy food choices). Tomorrow the guests start arriving. I expect we will be out berry picking again. I have packed what we need to make jam and found a super easy recipe.

Refrigerator Jam

2 cups of berries
2 tbsp honey (I will use Splenda)
2 tbsps chia seeds

Process all ingredients in blender, refrigerate over night. The chia seeds will gel and thicken the fruit.

Add chunky add diced fruit.

I love summer!

  
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TERESA159 7/16/2014 2:01PM

    Wow, please let us know if that recipe works!!! I will soon have raspberries coming out my ears.
I always admire your attitude, you just sail along and do what needs to be done. Kudos to you.

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ZELLAZM 7/12/2014 4:09AM

    Sounds delicious. Never thought of using chia seeds - will have to try that when the plums start coming!

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SHERYLP461 7/10/2014 10:44PM

    Love the slide down the hill on cardboard, hard time finding a hill here though.

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FLORIDASUN 7/10/2014 8:04PM

    How much fun and congrats on your 10,000 steps daily! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/10/2014 1:16PM

    This all look like so much fun - and berry picking is such a good time, too. Enjoy and THANKS for that great quick jam recipe. Can't wait to try that.
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/10/2014 12:23PM

    Great job on getting your steps in. Looks like you had fun. That jam sounds good and easy.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2014 11:53PM

    I love summer too!

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/9/2014 9:07PM

    Talk about Cardio !!! This Cardboardio, can adults do this too? Sure looks like a ton of fun!! What a great treat for the kids!

Thanks for the recipe. I will try this with my Chia Seeds. I bought them, and have not been using them just yet.

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KATELJM 7/9/2014 7:59PM

    What fun!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/9/2014 7:26PM

    oo yummy! Have fun!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/9/2014 4:38PM

    awesome

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    Keep on having a great time !! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/9/2014 2:35PM

    Loved the pictures!! The zipping looked really fun!

I hope you have wonderful time with your guests.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/9/2014 2:06PM

    Enjoy!

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ADRIENALINE 7/9/2014 2:05PM

    Have a great time!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/9/2014 1:33PM

    This sure looked like fun!!!

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    Looks like a fun outing!

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Summer Days in Washington

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We were at our place at Black Mountain Ranch in Washington for 5 days. The weather was fantastic and it's wonderful to go back and forth between the mountains and the ocean. Yesterday we played cards, then a racquet sport, picked 5 pounds of organic raspberries, had a tasty home cooked dinner, then the boys went for a swim. I took a few minutes to update my nutrition tracking in Spark.

On Wednesday we are headed back and getting ready for the arrival of our guests. There will be 10 of us together for 4 days. Our place is small but easily sleeps all of us and we have a big table on the deck for meals and games. I love my kitchen there, it's compact but has everything we need.

Tomorrow I will do the meal and activity planning. I will look for nutritious easy to prepare recipes/meals and places/events of interest at the local parks - county and state. One of our favorite places is the waterfall/swimming hole.

I am going to look for a new type of exercise. I am bored with the 10,000 daily steps and need something that gets me moving and is fun.

I love summer and it's seems to go by so quickly.

  
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LIVINGSIMPLY355 7/21/2014 4:52PM

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time on your vacation!
The mountains of WA are a great place to enjoy yourselves!
Love them too!

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MSBEKANATOR 7/10/2014 2:29AM

    Sounds awesome! I love WA!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/9/2014 8:27AM

    Your summer sounds wonderful. Best of all works. Wonderful scenery, some exercise and healthy eating, quality time with family and friends.

I hope you find and enjoyable exercise!

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DOROTHYBERO 7/9/2014 6:09AM

    Sounds like heaven!

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NEWTINK 7/9/2014 5:12AM

    I hope you travel home safely and get all your planning done ... I would love to see pictures of the waterfalls/ swimming hole .... just a hint emoticon

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FUNZ81 7/8/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon Sounds like fun!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/8/2014 11:25PM

    It sounds like you are having a wonderful summer!!!

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SHARON10002 7/8/2014 10:52PM

    Calgon take me there! Sounds absolutely wonderful! Kayaking, canoeing, badminton, . . .
Hope you enjoy yourself!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/8/2014 4:19PM

    AWESOME Glad you're having so much fun.

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LUCYCAN7 7/8/2014 3:18PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/8/2014 2:22PM

    Sounds delightful. Have fun! I could see a few of you following a few nice stretches held within the beauty of some healing Tai Chi mixed with whatever new variety you come up with. We're blessed to have so many terrific options. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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ADRIENALINE 7/8/2014 1:17PM

    Sounds like a great place! Enjoy it!

If you are bored you could always try the 10,000 Steps backwards. emoticon

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LIS193 7/8/2014 1:14PM

    Sounds like a great place!
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MAINEALI 7/8/2014 12:36PM

    Sounds like you're having a wonderful Summer. I hope you enjoy your guests and have a great time!

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ROCKPORT9 7/8/2014 10:24AM

    How fun!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/8/2014 10:18AM

    Hiking, swimming, racquet sports... those all seem like great ideas to me! Especially while you are in the mountains! when you are home... how about some Zumba or Yoga? You may not get 10,000 steps, but these will all torch the calories, and should be FUN! You are dong so well!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2014 9:24AM

    Awesome to be in the mountains!

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WILSONWR 7/8/2014 8:57AM

    You sure stay busy, Lynn! Good luck in finding a new type of fitness activity. It's hard to make progress if you are bored with your current routine.

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KATELJM 7/8/2014 7:28AM

    Have you heard of Parcourse FitCircuits? Along a trail, there are stations to do certain exercises. You could make up your own circuit. I love coming across these.

You could also try geo-caching.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/8/2014 7:04AM

    sounds nice.

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LILYDOG11 7/8/2014 5:35AM

    Sounds wonderful, enjoy !!

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FLORNH 7/8/2014 3:21AM

    Sounds great!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/8/2014 2:09AM

    Sounds like you and your family enjoyed a nice time in Washington !
I hope that all will go well, when your guests come over.


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