Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This is a favorite quote of mine by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and was something that came quite in handy during mine and Luke’s quick trip to McCall, Idaho. It was nice to escape some of the smoke for a couple days, though on our way up we did see a few flames that were quite close to the road we were on which made for an adventurous drive up there as we kept seeing signs saying “No stopping, 35 mph”.  We made it up just in time to quickly get ready for Shannon and Jeff’s wedding at the River Ranch. Shannon looked absolutely gorgeous in a mermaid fit gown with lace straps which connected at the back to showcase a small cut out of her upper back. The best part was her orange heels she had paired with her attire to match the wild flower colors in her bouquet and ensemble. She and Jeff looked exactly the way a newly wedded couple should be as they walked down the aisle hand in hand raising their arms while cheering to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. What a perfect song to celebrate the joining of two wonderful people’s lives! We enjoyed catching up with friends and making new ones as well during the reception afterwards. One of my favorite new friends was this little girl that came up beside my friend Amanda, her sister Adrian, and me while Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA” played. She slowly started doing a little 2-step and moving her lips to mouth the words as we invited her in to dance with us. Before we knew it, she was shaking her head left to right, waving her hands up in the air, and singing at the top of her lungs. One of the best dance partners of the night!

The next morning, Luke and I were up early to get in a hike around the lake before heading back to Boise. Our goal was to find a hike that led us to some huckleberries, one of my favorite fruits probably because of how difficult it is to come across them. But unfortunately we were unable to find a trail that would take less than a day. We weren’t even able to find our trail around the lake, so after three attempts we decided to follow Emerson’s advice and make our own. We climbed up a steep rock, through some thick forest, down the other side of the rock, and finally came to overlook the lake. Since the smoke wasn’t too thick up there, it was a gorgeous view. Luke even mentioned it being Christmas card worthy, so we had to take a few pictures while up there. 

Our drive back was nothing short of entertaining as we jammed out to a little old school Aaron Carter and compared our battle wounds from the rocks and trees we were climbing through earlier that day. No mosquito bites this time, which is a rarity for even a short trip to McCall.

For today’s entry I decided to share one of my absolute favorite breakfasts to eat if I know I’m going for a run or doing something active that morning. This was perfect for today since I started out my morning with a light 4 mile jog and followed it with hot yoga a few hours later.

PBS Thinny Thin Thin!

Depending on how hungry you are, you can either have the whole bagel or split it in half and save the other half to enjoy with a protein shake or some egg whites as a recovery after your work out.

1 Thomas Bagel Thins- I prefer 100% whole wheat because of the taste and whole wheat will leave you feeling fuller for longer. At 110 calories with 5 grams of fiber, 23 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of protein, they are a great alternative to regular bagels which typically start around 300 calories and twice as many carbs.

1 Tbsp Organic Peanut Butter- Get the no salt added. I get mine in bulk at Winco and it’s 85 calories for 1 tbsp, 14 g of fat (good fat!), 1 g sugar, 6 g carbs, and  7 g protein. Peanut butter is a great natural energy enhancer, helps you feel full, also controls blood sugar levels, and can help to maintain good circulation because of it’s high source of iron.

5 medium strawberries- Strawberries build a stronger immune system, fight against cholesterol, reduce inflammation of the joints, and can help with weight loss.

1 small (roughly 6 in) banana- Bananas are a great source of potassium which prevents muscles from cramping and bananas can also increase muscle performance and recovery.

The whole bagel is 294 calories, 8 g fat, 61 g carbs, 10 g fiber, and 11 g protein. I like to have half of it before my work out and the other half with something rich in protein for muscle recovery such as a protein shake or egg whites.

Bagel thins are great for sandwiches as well! Play around and see what else you like to do with them!

As far as my goals for the week, I think I’ve come up with a couple of hobbies I’m thinking of picking up. But like I said, I have a severe case of hobby A.D.D. so I want to make sure it’s one I’m going to stick with! With my Pinterest obsession, I’ve been thinking about doing a 30 day challenge. Now I just have to decide which one to do and how to incorporate that into a hobby. Any suggestions, let me know!

Much love and hugs!