A lot has happened since I last wrote about the Vancouver Marathon and I haven't really felt like sitting in front of a computer and typing. I am finally feeling life come back into my veins as I try to find joy in my daily activities.
I lost my dad on July 4 and on July 12 Justin and I were moved into a new apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona. My close friend and former college teammate Bo, drove down to Arizona with us and she was our savior in so many ways. I didn't have much energy at times and she carried most of our weight. There were many ups and downs that week with lots of spontaneous crying, and she was calm, understanding, and caring the whole way through.
We stayed with close friends along the way, and each greeted us with condoling open arms. It was a hard week; there were healing moments and breaking moments, but I was able to make it out the other end in one piece because of all the loving people in my life.
After packing all our belongings into an 8' x 8' UBox (we don't own much!) we stayed in Portland for a night with another college teammates. She lived down the street from a park where we used to do workouts and it was fun to reminisce our younger days.
We made the haul from Portland to Humboldt the next day and stayed with friends who were former co-workers during our wildlife biology days. They had a big beautiful garden with a bounty of vegetables and flowers. It was exactly what I needed for those days; serenity in a quiet outdoor space. We explored the coastal trails in the morning and then continued our way south to San Fransisco.
Flowers in the backyard.
The Bay Area is always a relieving place because there are so many running memories there for Justin and I. It is also the place where I was born and where my dad started running. He ran his marathon PR at the San Fransisco Marathon so I'm holding it to myself to run that race one year.
We kept rolling down the 101 and stopped in Santa Barbara to stay with our dear friends Brittney and Kyle. Brittney is one of my best friends from high school and now she is a mother to three sweet children with her wonderful husband. They live a block from the beach so we spent our time laying in the sand, swimming in the ocean and running the trails in the towering hills behind their little beach town.
Succulents on Brittney & Kyle's patio; Brittney with her youngest at the beach
Our final leg was from Santa Barbara to Scottsdale. We are incredibly lucky to have close friends who live in Arizona and made us feel at home upon our arrival. We have since then been in their home for two weeks awaiting the shipment of our mattress and other belongings. They are a mirror image of Justin and I in our lifestyle which has made our entrance to Arizona smooth sailing and fun.
There are endless trails around the Phoenix area to keep us busy before my graduate program is in full swing. I'll continue to update our adventures as we explore our new home!
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.