A few weekends ago the Voigt ladies took on another biking adventure! We originally planned on parking in Portage and biking the 50 miles to Hope and back the next day. Unfortunately, due to rain and wind, we had to alter our plans and we drove all the way to Hope instead – with a nice stop at Jack Sprat for lunch in Girdwood. From Hope we biked out to the Seward Hwy and back in the pouring rain. Although it was only a little over 20 miles, it felt like 40 with the rain and wind. We were soaked from head to toe 5 miles in.
We stayed at the Bowman’s Bear Creek Lodge – great dinner (included with the price), but the cabin was definitely rustic. You can’t expect more than a dry cabin in Hope. That evening I was able to expore Hope for the first time – ending up at the Seaview Bar to enjoy a drive and live music. The next day we were able to do some biking in the sun, which made up for all the rain. It’s really a beautiful ride from the Seward Hwy to Hope.
I can’t believe after living in Alaska for so long there are still so many places I have yet to visit. That just tells you how large Alaska really is!
Here are some photos that we took on our adventure. Enjoy!
“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”
“Intuitive guidance means having the self-esteem to recognize that the discomfort or confusion that a person feels is actually directing him to take charge of his life and make choices that will break him out of stagnation or misery. And, while we measure our own success in terms of our personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned.”
“When you’re Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don’t need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness.”
“My first word of advice is this, Say yes. In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.”
“You can be mad as a mad dog at the way things went, You can swear and curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”
“It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit – start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it, I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you, I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before, I hope you meet people with a different point of view, I hope you live a life you’re proud of – and if you find that you’re not I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ”
– Both quotes were said by Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” written by Eric Roth based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the next few months, there are going to be a lot of changes. The hardest part is not knowing where life will lead. Life’s balance is in the hands of the Universe and I have to remind myself to trust that everything is happening in divine timing.
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. – Alan Cohen
Well it’s obvious that I have been running. Running a lot! I keep getting asked what crazy pill I ingested when I decided to run 5 races in 4 weeks! To be honest, I’m beginning to wonder myself.
I have had the Twilight 12k (last week), the Run for Women (yesterday – 5 miles), a 5K (today), the Why Not Tri (my FIRST TRIATHLON – next week – so nervous – what was I thinking?) and the grand finale being the Mayors Half-Marathon on June 23rd! I am really going to need that trip to Denver after all of these!
I’m halfway through, but this next couple weeks are going to be intense! Training for these races is a huge commitment – mentally and physically. I’m glad that I am doing them, but I have learned my lesson in having them back to back.
Thats all the time I have. Back to training!
Here are some of the photos from the last few weeks of races.