Tuesday, July 14, 2009

when life takes over...good times!

our east coast mini-vacation was jam packed with everything east coast. lakes, lobster boils, preppy men in khakis, hiking....you could practically smell the Patagonia, L.L. Bean, and Vera Bradley from the plane.
Thursday, we arrived in new hampshire and headed to Perkins Pond where my mom lives. james and i took a little kayak cruise to get the lay of the land. luckily, the kayaks could be powered with your feet, so hands were free to hold beverages...

you could practically hear the pond neighbors whispering wondering and who the california adults dressed like kids were...
james loves it. I'M ON A BOAT!the kayaks proved to be not only good fun, but great swimming escorts! seeing as how i have a half ironman this weekend, i felt obligated to swim around the lake a few times. mom was happy to escort..thanks, mom!
we also did our fair share of waterskiing and wakeboarding on the pond. i showed james how it's done. and my mom and gary showed us both how it's done.

later it was time for bonfires, an awesome dinner, and a sunset cruise around the lake. not bad for day 1!

friday we headed up to Stowe, VT for one of my Vanderbilt friend and yes, sorority sister's, wedding...we settled in and i got to hang out with my buddies and they finally got to meet james ( i think they approve!). after a fun rehersal dinner, we stayed out way past bedtime...
somehow, we managed to get up in time for a bike hike up Mt. Mansfield, one of VT's highest peaks...here's the little cali-hiker:

that trail was aptly named as you found yourself wondering, "Why the F did we go this way?" it was rocky and steep!some bozo at the top "took" our picture, but when we got home, we realized she had no skills and didn't take the summit pics. oh well, i got one of james just starting down...

we barely made it back in time to get ready for the 5:00 service...look at my chicken- all dressed up! i was a reader in the wedding, and public speaking is NOT good for me, but i totally nailed it! actually not true, chicken said i talked really fast. but, i made good eye contact with the bride and she was tearing up, so i felt like i did a nice job. after the wedding, the monsoons began. it was ridiculous pouring, pelting sheets of rain for a couple hours. luckily the reception was fully tented and part was in a converted barn, so we were dry, but you could tell the bride and her mom were a little less than pleased. finally the rain stopped, and everyone ran outside, grabbed umbrellas and stared in awe...


the rainbow was a FULL arch, lucky charms style and lit up the sky. the whole thing made for some great pictures...
after the rainbow lifted everyone's spirits, we got to business...
care for a dirty martini? or two?

i swear i was just holding the second one for martha.
after another late night, we got some sleep, woke up for a run along the river, and headed over to the hangover helper BBQ..... the BBQ was great, except they also served leftover wedding cake. so that brought my cake total to 3 pieces, not to mention the ben & jerry's (it WAS vermont after all). maybe not so smart race week. but i LOVE wedding cake. clearly.
a last meetup with the college friends (me, janine, martha)
after the BBQ we headed back to the Pond for another day of waterskiing, swimming, running, eating, and pond cruising with my mom..
the vay-ca was awesome thanks to mom and gary and the happy couple...
this one says it all... i've never seen two people so in love, but i'll tell you, she's got her hands full!

15 comments:

Yasi said...

That sounds like such a great vaca! Perfect pre-race/east coast getaway. Good luck this weekend!

Ryan Denner said...

these are classic!!!!!!!!!!

"you could practically smell the Patagonia, L.L. Bean and Vera Bradley from the plane" (so true!)

"you could practically hear the pond neighbors whispering wondering and who the california adults dressed like kids were..."

hahahahahha

GoBigGreen said...

New England in the summer is so awesome. Good luck at Vineman!!

X-Country2 said...

What a fab trip. I love pretty pretty weddings like that.

Good luck next weekend!

Lisa G said...

Sounds like a really fun trip! Good luck at the Vineman race this weekend!

Julia said...

Awesome weekend! That part about the pond neighbors whispering about the CA adults dressed like kids made me laugh, cause I remember how underdressed I felt when I visited NY/Boston! My rubber flip flops, messy hair and surf brand clothes just felt so out of place! haha. Looks like you had a great time!
Ben and Jerry are my two boyfriends, and I love them very much, lol. :)

jameson said...

some times i really can't believe all that we do... my life with you is amazing!

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Awe fun....I can smell the Patagonia thinking about it. Brings back memories...I lived in Stowe for a winter. Frost bit my toe there. I think I recognize the inside of that church....was it something like the Stowe Community church? I went to a Christmas concert there and for real there were members of the VonTrapp family. I swear I only went to the Ben and Jerry's factory once while I was there. O.k. twice but who's counting?

rr said...

Where, oh where, do I begin. You are a vanderbilt sorority chick? LOL I love it.

And next time I have to go to a wedding, can I borrow your gold dress? SO Cute.

the pic of the happy couple is to die for. Best wedding photo over.

Also, there is just something about barns. I love barns.. so freaking beautiful. Sounds like an awesome trip.

Jill Costantino said...

What a great vacay. Something about being outside waterskiing and wakeboarding. The wedding pics are great. Have a great race on the weekend. Rock IT!!!

FatDad said...

I second rr, that wedding photo is the balls.
"I'M ON A BOAT" Hells yeah you are!
Nice. I hope you hooked Jameson up with some madras shorts.

MJ said...

It looks pretty beautiful there... Good luck at Vineman!

D said...

Your life rocks. FML hahahha

Andrew said...

Really beautiful photos...i like it..


Thanks for sharing...


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Benson said...

Good vacation and great pics.