Today was the big bike ride organized by Jon's employer so he had to wake up at the crack of dawn to get picked up and be ready to offer roadside assistance for anyone that needed it. I woke with the boys around 8am and ordered enough food for a small army.
Do you have those foods that you really really want to love because you know they're good for you, and you order them every once in awhile to see if maybe your taste buds have changed and you actually like them now? This is how I feel about smoked salmon. And brussels sprouts. And peas. And cottage cheese. I ate it because I don't like to waste food, but remind me not to order it again! (Yes, there is a bagel under all those toppings.)
The plan was for us to meet Jon at the organizer's house after his road shift. They always put out a big spread of food and drinks. There's live music and people swim after they finish their rides. It's a lovely property with lots of old fruit trees and gardens.
The house was about an hour away so I broke up the ride with a quick stop at the Yountville Park playground. Not as good as yesterday's amazing find, but still very fun! And so gorgeous. The trees are getting heavy with crispy leaves and it almost felt like a real fall day. I swear the Bay Area doesn't get a full fall experience like you do in the Midwest... there is nothing like a Midwestern autumn where the leaves look like fire on the trees!
It's grape harvest season in Napa. Most of the vines are already free of their grapes but we still saw some big fat purple bunches at one of the wineries as we drove by.
Croc had a little accident at the playground but he clearly didn't care! And I was having an A-one mother moment because I remembered to grab a spare set of Thomas the Tank Engine undies and some shorts before we left today!
The house at the finish line was at the end of a long winding road in Pope Valley. I listened to my kind of music on the way up, and had the windows down the whole time. I love driving country roads. When we pulled up, there was a rafter of turkeys by the parking lot. (I had to look that up.) Croc made some kind of 3-year-old catcall and the entire rafter would gobble back at him and stare at him like he was their leader. The Dude and I tried the call but couldn't get the turkeys to do it. Croc is the turkey whisperer.
Similar to my thoughts on how golf course restaurants know how to keep children happy, Jon's employer also knows how to keep them happy. Annie's cheddar bunnies, baskets of grapes and apples, Clif bars, hot dogs on fancy toothpicks, a bunch of fresh juices, and shave ice!
Yay here's daddy! He was a little late to meet us because they had to help one last biker get to an aid station. Such a hard worker! We greeted the incoming bikers who all looked surprisingly happy and non-sweaty for having just ridden in 88 degree heat! Some of his colleagues are hard core about biking. In fact the owner was riding 100 this morning and then another 25 mile mountain bike ride in the afternoon "for fun." Let's just say his idea of fun and mine are different.
I think one of Jon's friends talked me into doing the ride next year. Maybe that can be my next goal after crossing CIM off the list!
We ran into an old friend who has been taking school photos of the boys for years. She's British and she has this way with them that is so special. I could never understand how someone could get such amazing pictures of my antsy pants kids until I met her. She asked if she could take a family photo of us and I think she may have gotten croc mid-pick :)
We left after lunch and just when all the trucks were rolling in to set up for dinner. Yum!
We stopped at a local sandwich shop on the way home and I picked up this Ginger Ale. I was expecting Ginger Beer so it tasted really sweet to me. The Dude helped me finish it.
I sat on the porch with croc and watched the pros driving golfs balls on the range. He clapped his hands every time they hit it. I'm sure they appreciate it :) He took this picture of me all on his own!
Late evening swim in the pool, then back to the room for crab cakes, yogurt, and pasta!
I played The Dude in a game of Old Maid. That game is ridiculous! Come on!! You lose if you get the card of the Old Maid. And look at the occupations for the women. I bet he wasn't expecting to get a full on lecture on gender and racial stereotypes while we played :)
I'm cleaning out my Dropbox and saw these old photos. I love the one of Croc strapped to me while I'm working. This is the new working woman! And another pic of him sprawled out like he just ate a roast beef sandwich. I look so tired but happy too.
Speaking of being tired from raising kids...
Classic San Francisco shot. He looks like a little fisherman.
And finally Croc in my belly about to pop while The Dude gets a winter ride in by the ocean.
Tomorrow I need to get a long run in once we're back in the city. I'll be sad to leave this beautiful resort but happy to be in my purple fluffy robe again.
Do you have a long run planned this weekend or did you already run it?
Are the colors on the trees happening where you live?
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.