Mt. Evans Colorado

June 20, 2016

It took 3 years of trying, but I finally climbed my first 14er. On our last week in Colorado, we attempted to summit this one with the shortest, but steepest route. And many times, I thought I couldn’t do it, but Stephen kept telling me I could. And I did!

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Summit Lake

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Mt. Evans summit marker

Mt. Evans descent

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Summit lake storm

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The climb back dow, was harder in spots because of sliding rock. I got more scrapes from the descent than I did on the ascent. We drove out of the park area and ran into some hail, sleet, and snow. We stopped into Echo Lake lodge for some ice cream and hot chocolate. After a hard climb, it was well worth the calories.

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Now that I’ve done 1 14er, I’m not sure I’ll do another. Stephen is great at these and he’s made the summit to 4 of them. We will see how next year plays out.

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Grinnell Glacier and Lake

June 9, 2016
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This morning, we got a late start but decided to do a big hike up to Grinnell Glacier and back down and out to Grinnell Lake. Round trip was about 10 miles and it was OUTSTANDING!! It was another day of blue and green crystal lakes. Some of these look like they were taken in the tropics. This bridge was tricky! It was a true suspension bridge and it was wobbly. 

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Polebridge and Kintla Lake Montana

June 8, 2016
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  This morning, we struck out early for West Glacier park. We drove up to Polebridge and Kintla lake. These lakes are breath-taking! Before we got to the Kintla Lake, we drove through this small patch of awesome called Polebridge. I loved this store. Over our 9 day stay, we came through 3 times. I got my mug and ornament from this store. After we finished at the lake, we saw this sign… Let’s cross the border. And maybe fish in Canada. After our adventure (10 minutes waving at the sign and surveillance cameras…we didn’t have a passport and it was an abandoned customs outpost. But we knew we were being watched), we hightailed it back down the road to go back to Whitefish. Sunset brings out the wildlife. It doesn’t get dark until 9:30 ish here. We are close […]

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East Glacier National Park

June 7, 2016
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The drive from Whitefish to the East side of GNP takes about 2 hours to arrive at the gate. The drive is long, but it is definitely worth it. I can’t get over how the colors of these waters. Our first stop in the park was Two Medicine lake and we also viewed the Two Medicine campground. The lake is crystal clear! After lunch, we drove on up the East side to St. Mary. One lone Kayaker on the lake. This was right before we saw the bear. The BIG bear. This guy. Right here in the water. He was no baby bear. We had driven down to the pier to see the lake from that view. Just as we got our of the car and stood at the bank, park rangers came rushing down and told us and the […]

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Whitefish Montana

June 6, 2016
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If you need me, I’ll be right here for awhile. This is the gorgeous Flathead Lake between Kalispell and Whitefish Montana. The water in this lake is tropical blue and mesmerizing. We stopped for lunch at Bonelli’s Bistro in Kalispell. It was an open bistro that had plenty of gluten-free options. This was a Greek Panini with artichoke soup. I would definitely recommend this. I was very hungry but this didn’t weigh me down to the point I need buffet britches to walk out. I aim to re-create this soup!  Stephen had a veggie sandwich with salad. After lunch, we finished the drive to Whitefish. It was hot and we needed a treat before we met the owners of the condo. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream was perfect. Salted caramel and double chocolate. They were extremely helpful when Stephen asked them […]

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Whitefish Montana

June 6, 2016
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If you need me, I’ll be right here for awhile. This is the gorgeous Flathead Lake between Kalispell and Whitefish Montana. The water in this lake is tropical blue and mesmerizing. We stopped for lunch at Bonelli’s Bistro in Kalispell. It was an open bistro that had plenty of gluten-free options. This was a Greek Panini with artichoke soup. I would definitely recommend this. I was very hungry but this didn’t weigh me down to the point I need buffet britches to walk out. I aim to re-create this soup!  Stephen had a veggie sandwich with salad. After lunch, we finished the drive to Whitefish. It was hot and we needed a treat before we met the owners of the condo. Sweet Peaks Ice Cream was perfect. Salted caramel and double chocolate. They were extremely helpful when Stephen asked them […]

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The road to the West

June 4, 2016
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It’s that time of year. This is what I think and dream about beginning in February after football is over and the long stressful spring semester at school beckons. Go West. This year, we are NOT camping. Living in an RV seems to make us crave the space of hotel rooms and condos. We are also NOT going to several places within the next 3.5 weeks. We are spending our time in 2 places. Whitefish, Montana and Glacier National Park and the rest of the time in Breckenridge, Colorado. Since Montana is first, we took off around 8pm and finally stopped 24 hours later in Biskmarck, North Dakota. This was by far our longest non-stop leg of travel in all our years of tag-teaming behind the wheel. Check out the scenery. Do I look like I’ve been riding or driving […]

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon

May 4, 2016
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I ran my second Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon for 2016!! This year is already my best year ever with training and racing with Rock ‘n’ Roll. The last time I raced Nashville, it was dubbed the “monsoon marathon”. Flash flooding was interesting. Lightening was not. This year, we were going to deal with heat, humidity, and storms. Good times. My training was so-so with this one. In March, I had the flu and then pneumonia. My lungs take forever to recover from that but I managed a couple of good long runs the last 2 weekends so I knew I could do this one. I just wasn’t going to PR and with those Nashvegas hills, I wasn’t going to PR anyway. So, goal race was to finish! Injury-free finish, I should add What I love about Nashville is the […]

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Rainbow Chard and Onion Omelet

May 3, 2016
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If I had to choose one food to eat for days in a row, I would choose an omelet. They are so versatile and easy to make. I can pull any vegetable out of the fridge, add some sausage or cheese or both, and make a quick protein dinner. I especially love them in the spring because I have a lot of various produce from CSA boxes and farmers’ markets. This one is made with rainbow chard and caramelized onions. I made the onions over the weekend because they take a lot of time to properly cook. The rest of the veggies are quick sautéed and I added the cold onions to the pan so they could reheat and mix with the greens. Add eggs and cheese and flip it! Rainbow Chard and Onion Omelet   Print Author: Katrina Runs […]

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Orange Ginger Salmon

April 29, 2016
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Tonight’s culinary experiment involved baking fish in a tiny RV stove. I think I accomplished the challenge with little problems. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been off my cooking routine simply because we’ve been trying to get moved from a larger house to a tiny RV. Full time Rv’ing has its advantages, but the stove/oven combo is NOT part of that list. I’m learning to do a lot with a tiny space and some state-of-the-art organization skills so I ventured into new territory. Preheating my oven and making sure my unglazed tiles were in the oven both contributed to a flawless dish. Using citrus and ginger created a salmon that wasn’t dry and was slightly caramelized from the sugars in the orange. If I were to make this again, I would try lemon and garlic. Whether you have a […]

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Snow’s Bend Farm

April 28, 2016
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This year we joined one of our local farms for a CSA box each week. Community-Supported Agriculture is a partnership between farms and buyers and it’s a fantastic way to “know thy farmer”. I know where my food is grown and how it’s grown. I do not have to find a sticker to find the source. I can communicate with the farmers and have all my questions answered about my share each week. I’ve been buying from Snow’s Bend from their stall at the farmer’s market each week so I already knew I loved their produce. This year, we just made the final step to having a share in the farm. They also raise pastured pigs. Happy pigs. Pampered pigs. Next year, we plan to buy our pork direct from Snow’s Bend. I’ve been super pleased with the shares so […]

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Welcome to Katrina Runs for Food!

April 26, 2016
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I’ve never been known to stick to the rules. With a title like that, one would think this is my first blog post. Interestingly enough, my first blog post is titled “The Flu is a lovely thing”. I seriously just opened up a Blogger account and started with stream-of-conscious words about running and dealing with a long battle with IT band problems. So why now? After almost 2,000 blog posts why am I now using this title? Mostly because I know I have taken a long break since the house selling and move 4 weeks ago and honestly, my posts have been sporadic since January. I have used this time to really reflect on my blog from a personal and professional viewpoint. While this little corner of the internet started out as a place to talk about running, it became […]

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Meal Prep in an RV Kitchen

April 3, 2016
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Today was my first attempt at doing a long meal prep for both of us for the week. Today is the first time I tried to do this on this stove and tiny oven. I had grand illusions that I could do this, but it would just be an adjustment of total time. I knew I would only be able to use 2 stove burners and 1 9×13 pan at a time. I usually have 2-3 large sheet pans at the same time along with all 4 burners in my last kitchen…that I loved…and miss a lot. I had all my ingredients, my menu, my camera charged and ready, my phone ready, washed storage containers, a Netflix binge in progress,  and a fresh headband to keep the hair out of my face. I was prepared. What could go wrong?? Obviously, […]

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Erin Condren Planner March

April 2, 2016
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Welcome to my Erin Condren planning life! If you are new to paper planning, click this link for $10.00 off your first Erin Condren purchase. March was the most out-of-control month I’ve had in a long long time. We sold the house, moved to an RV, I had a birthday, Divergent-Allegiant was released, and I also got flu and pneumonia. And through it all, somehow I managed to close on the house the last Friday of March. I still have very little memory of the last couple of days of moving. Let’s hope April is a little more calm   Beginning soon, I will start posting Etsy shop reviews and give some information on a HUGE upcoming planner conference.

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New Beginnings

April 1, 2016
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  Here is what we started with. The shop is huge, but so is all our stuff. All the furniture is here and everything else we own. Over the next week, we hope to organize it and get a small sitting area ready next to the fridge, washer dryer, large sink for washing dishes. Here it is about a week later. Couch and treadmill, our recliners, dining area set up when we have family over, the “box closets”, shoe organizer for some of my running shoes, and chest of drawers for stuff we need, but not everyday stuff. I have found a few things that I really like about our RV. This spice pull-out is amazing. I want to build something like this in the new house. I have all my Penzeys in clear view and organized by savory, heat, […]

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