There's way too much to write about regarding our travel adventures... So I'm just going to note down some of my thoughts and observations.
~Moana has been a traveling champ. She's so seasoned at this point. Going through airport security she automatically takes her shoes off now before even being asked. I did think at one point that a 2 week trip that involved 4 states and tons of driving and camping in cold weather climates (37 degrees in Yellowstone!) was really too much to ask of a 2 year old... Especially since we were all sick and coughing and Moana ended up with an ear infection that had us at an urgent care room at 10PM the other night begging for anti-biotics. But even with that, she's a champ.
~Alaska Air is awesome. I'm very pleasantly surprised by the service we've gotten. And they only charge $50 for bikes. Still too much in my opinion, but better than Delta/NWA $200 charge. I've officially boycotted them. But back to Alaska... Get the credit card for $99 companion ticket and a couple of passes into their 'board room' and get free drinks on your layovers. Oh, and they paint some of their planes with Disney caracters like Tinkerbell which makes your two year old deliriously happy.
~Cold weather makes your nose run. I've been using chap stick under my nostrils bc my nose is all chapped. Same with Moana.
~I'm the only one on our group who didn't see a bear while we were camping. But Nalani took some sweet pictures of one they saw so it's pretty much like I was there.
~Speaking of Nalani, she and Kurt are probably the best travel companions we could have asked for. They are totally organized but fun and laid back at the same time. In two full weeks of spending every day with them, I am not tired of them. Impressive, because I like my alone time.
~Early morning running in rural Montana and Idaho is very peaceful. Yesterday morning Nalani and I went jogging and saw 5 deer frolicking in a meadow... Then we saw two little fawns chasing each other around. It was way cool.
~I'm feeling quite recovered from IM already. I guess that's how it goes when you're pretty fit and ready going in.
~Two weeks is plenty of time to be away. We had fun but I am ready to be home. Pictures to come once Kurt uploads them. I think he took 1000+ so it might be a few days before he sorts through them. In the meantime, race pics are up on FB so you've probably at least seen those already.