Will Bike For BBQ

Friday Michael and I drove from Portland to Poulsbo, Washington for my annual family reunion. I look forward to this weekend because my family parties are so fun. It was hard leaving the kitties all weekend and Fat Kitty is very skilled at the guilt trip.

"Don't Leave Mom!"

We stopped at Burgerville mid-drive for a quickie dinner. There are not a lot of options from here to Seattle for healthy food.

I ordered the original cheeseburger and had 2 onion rings from Michael’s basket. Something that annoys me about Burgerville: they print the calorie information on the receipts but I want to know before I order what the calories are. (My burger and two onion rings were about 700 calories total.)

We arrived at my cousin’s house kind of late and set up our tent before settling in at the campfire. It was a nice way to decompress after traveling. Saturday morning we got up and had bowls of cereal (and coffee) before a bike ride. My uncle Dick was going to take us on another bike ride just like last year’s Tour de Poulsbo.

We suited up and were ready to hit the road. We followed Dick, who is an amazing cyclist (he’s biked the Seattle to Portland Ride many many times– twice he did it in one day!).

We biked down the road, passed a few farms, barns and lots of horses.

There signs about a cycling event but none of us knew which one until we passed by a Rest Stop for the event.

It was the Grand Fondo! We stopped at the Rest Stop to find out about the event and then continued on.

We biked passed some viewpoints of Puget Sound and up and down rolling hills.

The nice thing about the route we did was that there wasn’t much traffic. It was a remote road through the countryside. We biked through Poulsbo and climbed one of the longest hills I’ve done. It wasn’t steep but it was a slow, constant incline that seemed to never end.

Almost back to the house we had one more mountain to tackle:

A huge hill. Steep. Intimidating. Michael and I tackled it with determination. As a side note, Michael has lost 17 pounds so far. He said that the hill was much easier for him this year than last year because of his weight loss.

The hill was still a struggle for me. Half way up the climb I wondered if I’d have to stop and walk but I made it. I was slow, I was tired, but I made it and recovered quickly.

Ride Stats:
Time: 1:10
Calories Burned: 557
Distance: 13.5 miles

Saturday’s ride meant I rode 3 days in a row! Woot! Back at the reunion I cleaned up and then searched for food! They grilled up hot dogs, tofu dogs and elk sausage for lunch.

There were also some salads, veggies and cupcakes.

I grabbed a regular hot dog, happy to eat after the ride and small breakfast. We had to toast our dogs. It’s kind of a tradition.

Michael might have eaten two hot dogs. I’m not telling though.

I also had some fresh crab that my Uncle Dick caught that morning from his back yard. It’s one of the highlights of the weekend, for sure.

I munched on some fresh peas from my cousin Kristin’s garden too. There’s so much good food all weekend long.

We had a few hours to relax and just hang out with the family before the Scavenger Hunt started!

QUESTION: What’s your method for tackling hills? Slow and steady or tackle it quick and fast?

Ferry Ride, GregNog and Fresh Crab

Saturday after the gym with my Dad Michael, my parents and I drove to Poulsbo from Seattle. It was a short drive to the Edmond’s Ferry.

It was a very gray day in Seattle. We just missed the ferry so it was about a 30 minute wait for the next one.

The Washington Peninsula is a gorgeous place–especially in the summer time. The ferry ride was short. The four of us hung out in the galley.

Michael wanted a snack so he got popcorn. 😉 I decided to wait and save my calories for the party!

Aww. Michael finally smiled instead of making a goofy face! The ferry ride was pretty short and we made our way to Poulsbo to my aunt’s house. Their house is right on Puget Sound with an amazing view.

Too bad it was such a gray day! Since they live right on the water…guess what they have on a daily basis?

You guessed it! FRESH crab! It was amazing. Michael and I split one big crab and it was delicious and so fresh it was still cold.

There was so much food. Lots of treats:

Cupcakes, cookies, cake, pie. So many treats.

I was pretty good though! I didn’t overeat like I usually do!

Those chocolate balls were filled with peanut butter. YUM. So rich though. I ate one.

I ate 2 cupcakes. They were great.

I ate several of the cookies…Maybe 5? 6? Have I tempted you yet? Did I mention the GregNog?

I DEFINITELY drank a bit on Saturday. I burned a lot of calories at the gym and while I munched and snacked on goodies all day at the party…I think I probably drank more calories than I ate. 😉

The GregNog is sooo good. The best eggnog you’ll ever taste. And it’s potent. Trust me. Oh nelly. The recipe is a secret that my aunt won’t give up. But I do know it has 4 different liquors in it. 151, Rum, Brandy and Whiskey I think?

There was more alcohol too…lots in fact.

Lots of wine. I stuck to GregNog and wine. I was feeling pretty good. 😉

My aunt brought this bottle of Violet Liqueur out. She bought it in Europe. It was dark purple and tasted like violet perfume. It was good! But after a few sips it was way too sweet.

To Be Continued…

QUESTION: What’s your favorite holiday treat?