Dropped Ash & Tom at DIA, their next stop: Reykjavik, Iceland.  [after work] returned to pick up Marty, my first (& only) grandpup.  Year-half living with Ro, knew this 2-week reunion would be appreciated by both.  BROs reunited!

Spoiled?  Well…maybe a little.  Pup-Peroni snacks, hot dogs, fried eggs each morning.  Eggs are good for their coat, right? 🙂

Short work week, family & friends now gone, weekend plans?  A June SNOW hike…of course.  Travelled north to Brainard Lake, short 45 minutes away.  Generally roads open Memorial Day weekend.  No such luck this year.

Originally had hoped to hike Lake Isabelle.  2 mile jaunt to Brainard, beautiful sunshiny skies.  Lotta hikers.  Brainard still half-frozen.  Kicked back & people watched.  BIG smiles from BOTH pups.  Ro loves the snow, Marty loves to hike.

Circled ‘round Brainard.  Met by a wall of snow.  No Isabelle in today’s hike forecast.

Home returned via Nederland.  In-town cell reception, received another batch of texts from Iceland.  Wouldn’t trade our Colorado snow hike…but this particular weekend, think I got aced by Daughter.  Volcanic hot springs, Icelandic ponies, oceanside boulder hike, spelunking & whale watching – that doesn’t include a 2-day jet set to London.  Well done Ash.  Nothing left undone.



Ash & Tom’s Icelandic Adventure



May has been a super full month of activity, multiple road races, 2 marathons only 3 weeks apart & my first Century attempt (fail after 80 miles).  I’ve stayed strong mentally & done the swim/bike/run gig for 17 consecutive days.  Tomorrow will be my first break from training as get my tourist on in Minneapolis – then marathon #8 early Sunday a.m.

Part of 2 running groups now – 4 mile run on Thursday nights in Lafayette & a Saturday morning long run group (albeit have only managed one show to date – Saturdays are prime time training).


amazing hike video & sage advice

Crossing Iceland on Foot – SPECTACULAR landscape


10 Things That The People Who Love Their Lives Are Doing Differently

Surprise, surprise… happy people live their lives differently. They don’t have different lives. They just do a better job at living them than those who are unhappy.  Most of the time, we find ourselves in the situations we are in because of actions we took and decisions we made. It’s the way that you live your life that largely decides whether or not you will live happily.


live in the moment, but dream in the future

Happy people have hopes, dreams and goals. They have wants and aspirations, but they don’t allow themselves to get caught up and lost in them.  You can’t live life doing nothing more than looking towards the future because you’ll miss the only time that things actually matter or exist: the present.  The present…is the only moment that you can actually live in. The rest is only an illusion.


Staying inspired & living in the N-O-W!

Upbeat & excited before marathon weekend #8 in Minnesota (sure you betcha 🙂 )




Back in Reykjavik with 20 hours ’til my return flight to Denver.  Rest, relax?  Heck, no.  Shelled out a fast 5400 ISK (Icelandic króna) – tonite’s my last chance to see the Northern Lights!

Quick dinner, then boarded a bus to Iceland’s western fjords with Stephen & new Aussie friend Maria.  Best chance to see the Lights (& first possibility since September 5th) were tonite on Iceland’s western edge.

Clear, cold night; windy & 6 degrees. Waited in pitch darkness, high on a knoll for the Lights to start the dance.

No more than 20 minutes in, folks started to murmur.  Faint clouds seemed to stretch, elongate upward, diagonally.  Gray to pink – and then, the most amazing greens.  FAAAANNNNTASTIC!

Surprisingly almost as soon as these illuminated solar flares began to dance, they would then shrink, diminish, disappear.  That saidonce the show started, the frequency of light & colour came in rapid succession.

Another ‘WOW’ event off my bucket list.  Cannot adequately express how it feels to see this phenomenon in person.

Re-boarded the bus near midnight, mission accomplished.  Honestly, I don’t dream BIG enough.  I pray/hope/dream on a scale from 1-10, my God blesses me using a scale 1-100.  So very blessed!

Quick shut-eye, then used Reykjavik’s local bus service to briefly explore the city before my Colorado return – Highlights: Reykjavik Art Museum & Hallgrímskirkja (Lutheran church).

Goodbye Iceland — land of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls & rainbows!  I leave inspired, forever changed.


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