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Hiking the Day Away

Good morning!

This is probably the coolest picture ever:

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Yes — that would be Matt on our hike yesterday! He’s fun to hike with because he’s part monkey, part Tigger… and a former gymnast :) We were all obsessed with this fun swinging bridge!

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Matt and I and three of my grad school friends all went for the hike, which was about 5 miles worth of trails (~2.5 hours) over in Eno River State Park!

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We hiked the Cox Mountain and Fanny Ford Trails. A perfect activity for a perfect fall day. I love hiking because it’s great exercise… but it doesn’t feel like it because you’re too busy having fun!

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(Can you tell Elle — second from the right — used to be a figure skater? :) I was so impressed with her graceful pose! Ha)

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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What a gorgeous day. I’m loving fall in North Carolina!

After hiking, we headed over to see Matt’s brother, Chris, and his wife Jess in Raleigh!

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It was great seeing them and catching up on their newlywed lives :) I still can’t believe the last time we saw them was their wedding in June and they only live 30 minutes away!

They made us an awesome dinner, too: Baked Tilapia with a Homemade Olive, Tomato, & Cilantro Salsa Topping (from a Rachel Ray cookbook):

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Sautéed spinach and rice:

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Plus a roll. All together now!

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Yum! Thanks again for treating us, Chris and Jess :) Next time we’ll host you!

And now — I’m off for a busy day at school! We have food science lab tonight (stay tuned for another fun recap), plus I have a bunch of group project meetings beforehand, too. This is definitely crunch time with school, especially since I’m leaving town on Wednesday morning and missing a test, which I have to make up tomorrow morning! Yikes.

How do I combat stress? Exercise! No matter how busy I am, I never put exercise on the back burner (unless I really physically need a rest day, of course). If it means getting up early, so be it. I know I’ll be glad I did! This morning, I met my friend Jillian on campus bright and early at 6:20 a.m. to go swimming in the UNC pool!

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We’ve discovered we can park on campus until 7:30 a.m., so that makes things way easier. So lucky to have this resource at my disposal — it was nice to mix things up with some non-impact exercise! We swam for about 45 minutes. Jillian swam in college, so she’s super fast — it was good motivation to try to keep a respectable pace, myself ;)

And I’m off — have a wonderful day!

Comments

  1. 1

    That picture of Matt is amazing!

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    I really love hiking, for some of the same reasons. I love nature, and hiking is exercise that doesn’t feel like work at all.

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    I love that you put exercise first no matter how busy you are. I need to do this. But sometimes it’s just so hard!
    P.s Matt is crazy!

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    Great pictures. Is that an owl or a cat in the next to the last tree pic?

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    Swimming is my choice exercise – hope you enjoyed it. It’s the best way to start a morning. Honestly.

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    What a great hiking trip!!! The outdoor fall photos are the best.

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    Ok that photo is making me nervous. I’m hoping there wasn’t a huge drop under that bridge. Because my goodness that’s so dangerous.

    And now I’m going before I start sounding even MORE like my mom.

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    hey Ann, Matt looks hillarious!

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    TOTALLY feel you about exercising during crunch time. First semester senior year I didn’t exercise during midterms and just felt AWFUL. I learned my lesson…now I make time even for 20 minutes on the elliptical with a study guide!

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    I LOVE hiking, especially during the fall with all the pretty colors and leaves. the exercise during almost-break-but tons of work time is a dilemma for me too. I have an exam and presentation today and a BIG exam tomorrow, but I’m not skipping yoga tonight. Plus yoga will help me destress and relax!

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    Aah, I get so excited whenever someone blogs about hiking! Love the photos, especially that big tree!

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    Lucky you! I dated a former gymnast this summer, and took him hiking for the first time; it was fun to show him around the mountains. Maybe one day he’ll work up to doing inversions on bridges, too!

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    Ahhh I love hiking! Esp with the changing of the leaves AND some friends :)

    Kudos to you for waking so early to swim! Swimming is such a great exercise. I wish I was a little better at it ;)

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    I love swimming! it’s one of my favorite workouts!

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    It looks like you had so much fun hiking. I wanted to go yesterday with my daughter, but we ended up raking leaves instead. We still had a good time :)

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    Hiking with friends, tilapia with relatives, and an early morning swim. Nice existence! fANNEtastic, in fact!

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    Sounds like a perfect day! Toly and I went hiking this weekend too. It will probably be the last time we can get in a good hike before the winter so we took advantage of the beautiful weather.

    Great dinner party. I love friends that know how to cook. ;)

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    I LOVE hiking on the Eno — its one of Julep’s favorites too :)
    …and great picture!

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    Ahhh I’m so jealous of your beautiful woods and the fact you have full access to a olympic size swimming pool!!

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    What gorgeous nature photos! The tilapia looks pretty good too!

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    I love the pictures! We don’t get fall down here in Florida so I am very jealous! ;)

    Like you, I never put exercise on the back burner. Working out is the thing I look forward to most during the day because it is the only time I have to myself and I can de-stress! :)

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    Great minds think alike Anne! We went hiking this weekend also! I hope the weather was as beautiful for you as it was for us :) It looks like it was! And YUM. That food looks so goood!

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