Enola Low Grade Rail Trail & Columbia Kettle Works


What a beautiful weather last weekend!!!  Last Saturday we were deciding how to best spend the day and decided to walk part of the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail and then head into Columbia, Lancaster County to try a new (to us) brewery.  Around 11am we arrived at the rail trail and began our walk.  It’s a great, flat walk along the Susquehanna River with the option to take the Turkey Hill Overlook Trail.  We decided to stay on the flat rail trail which was a 5 mile walk out to Safe Harbor Water Power Plant and a 5 mile walk back.

We were staving after the walk and our feet were starting to take a beating so we were excited to get back to the car to take a short drive to downtown Columbia to check out a brewery that has been on our list since we moved here.  Once at Columbia Kettle Works we both requested water while we thought about our beer selection…the bar tender never let our water glasses empty…we must have looked rough.  I ordered the Coffee Stout for my first beer and Tim had the Dunderhead.  As a huge stout fan I was surprised I liked the Dunderhead better.  I made that my second beer!  We also ate there and I ordered the Four Cheese Panini and we had an order of Hammond’s pretzels also.  Beer was great, food was amazing and the people were so nice!  Wish they had an outdoor eating area but they are only a year old.  I can’t wait to go back!


Race for the Cure…Ocean City Style

IMG_0116.JPGA few weekends ago we were able to spend our first weekend of the season at the beach.  April is a tad early for beach time but when one of my best friends in Maryland, Alisa, said we should do the Race for the Cure in Ocean City…we couldn’t pass that up.  Alisa and I  worked together and became fast friends and she was actually diagnosed with breast cancer a few days before I started.  We decided to make it a couples weekend and at the last minute tacked on her two girls, which is great!

It was a great weekend because of company and weather.  Friday after work we left for Bethany Beach, DE, which is where we spend our beach time since my in-laws have a house there.  It’s about 3.5 hours away from where we live in Lancaster, PA.  We got in town at about 9:30 and walked downtown to grab some dinner.  In the ‘off season’ the pickings are slim and we ended up at Mango’s and were only able to sit at the bar and get drinks and bar food…fine by us.  I enjoyed nachos and the hubs had chicken wings.  Our friends arrived later that night after soccer practice.

The next morning we woke and headed to Ocean City to pick up our race packets and head to one of favorite places…The Seaside Country Store in Fenwick, DE for their cheese spread.  It was a beautiful day we were eager to get back to the house, grab lunch and get on the beach.  We all agreed lunch should be take out at Casapulla’s and the boys went to grab the grub.  Once they got back we ate and walked to the beach.  Earlier in the day were weren’t sure if it would be a good beach day if it wasn’t warm enough or windy but it was PERFECT!!!  Blankets and chairs in tow we ended up being able to wear swimsuits and cover ups and all got a healthy glow from the sun.

The great thing about the off season is that dogs are allowed on the beach and Penny loves it.  She isn’t much for the water but loves to warm in the sun.  My friends daughters are both really good photographers so we did a Penny photo shoot.  As you see our usually unphotogenic dog took a pretty good ‘selfie’. 

That night we were feeling our fill of sun and sand and decided to walk downtown for dinner.  We all agreed Grotto pizza would satisfy everyone.  Early to bed, we had an early morning ahead.

Sunday was the Ocean City Race for the Cure.    We were up early so we could make it on time for the survivor activities since Alisa is a survivor of two years.  We made it to the boardwalk of Ocean City in record time.  During the summer it could take almost an hour with all the lights and people but it took us about 20 minutes and parking was a breeze.  At the Race for the Cure there was a survivor’s tent with raffles and food and survivors walk.  We took part and then had about an hour still until the 5K.  We were all freezing and the wind was blowing pretty good so we decided to go warm up in the car for a little while.  About 20 minutes before the start of the race we emerged and were ready to go.


It was a great run…flat on the boardwalk and next to the ocean.  What could be better.  We all said the we’ve done other Race for the Cures and this one was by far the best because of location and because it was comfortable not overcrowded.

Once back to the beach house the four girls walked downtown to visit some of the shops that were open and the boys started laundry and probably took naps.  We lunched on leftovers, cleaned up a bit and soon our great weekend together was over.


30 Day Weighted Fitness Challenge

Alright kids…time for another fitness challenge!  Starting today, my bestie and maybe my newly engaged sister are starting our newest challenge.

Check out what we accomplished last time:

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge…Who’s In

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge Update (March 22)

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge Update (March 26)

This time I added weights to our 6 exercises and structured it out a bit differently.  If you don’t have weights you can do most of the exercises without weights or modify using water bottles or soup cans.  Also added is a second page explaining each exercise.  You can find a printable version of this challenge here.


Please join us!  It’s a lot of fun and a great accomplishment to do something for 30 days.

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge Update

The 30 Day Fitness Challenge continues and the struggles are becoming more real!  Today is Day 19 for me but it’s really the thought that tomorrow is Day 20, rest day, that is getting me through.  Planks and lunges are becoming the hardest but I have yet to miss a day!  My legs, for sure, feel a lot tighter and stronger.

Here are the previous posts on this challenge:

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge Update (March 22, 2015)

30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge…Who’s In

My favorite part of this challenge hit me yesterday as an unexpected benefit.  My best friend, we are doing the challenge together, and I have been able to communicate every day.  One of our accountabilibuddy agreements was to message each other every day when we were done with the challenge.

We met and became fast friends one summer working at a North Carolina summer camp to make a little extra money since we were both in our first few years of teaching.  She is from a small town there and I was a Yankee transplant.  We have always been close but as our lives progressed we had to work at it more.  Since we met we both got married, she’s had two children, I’ve moved first to Maryland and now to Pennsylvania.  We are farther apart than ever in terms of distance but we’ve made it a priority to stay in touch.  Admittedly, I’ve not always been good at this but she has!  We’ve seen each other a few times in the past few years since I’ve reclaimed my Yankee status and I make it a point to visit her anytime I am in the area.

These past few weeks with the challenge have been awesome socializing with her daily, mostly via text.  We started with simple ‘I’m done!’ to using emojis to reliving our inside jokes and sending movie clips.  All of this just for a simple ‘hey, I’m done with the fitness challenge today’.  I love it!  Below are some of my favorite and more appropriate moments. 🙂

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She received this clip from me the other day when I finished:

I have more up my sleeve…buahahahaha.

How do you stay in touch with your friends?  What works best for you?


30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge Update

Well, we are about half way though the 30 Day Full Body Fitness Challenge.  It’s Day 15…Rest Day…whew.  It’s getting harder and more time consuming, as it should.  I’ve really liked it and, yay me, haven’t missed a day yet.  I actually do feel as though I am getting stronger, especially in my stomach and legs.  As predicted, my general activity has increased as well with the nicer weather.

One sort of snag my best friend and I ran into is with the tracking of our food.  I have a FitBit and she has a FuelBand.  Both essentially do the same thing, however, MyFitnessPal does not sync her activity with the FuelBand like it does for me with the FitBit.  So we moved our tracking over to the app LoseIt since it will do both our devices.  I tried it, don’t care for it and I’m secretly back on MyFitnessPal.  It’s like my nice comfy pair of pajama pants that I don’t want to give up even though they are literally falling apart.  I just like MFP so much better!  My info and recipes are set up better there and the interface is easier.  I guess the important thing is that we are using one or the other.

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