Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

Well Halloween wasn’t entirely cancelled this year, just different!

I prepared a bunch of goodie bags and put them out in our walkway. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I definitely underprepared! There were a LOT of trick or treaters!

I did two batches. The first batch went out late afternoon and then we left for a bit and when we got home I put the rest out and it was all gone in a flash!

So this year, Logan was a Shark! He had a small Halloween party at preschool on Friday.

Then we went to two of my friend’s house to trick or treat there. The first one was my friend Debby. She loves Halloween as much as I do. She usually goes all out!

Logan was a little scared by the skeletons LOL but it was cute. She made a HUGE goodie bag for him. He had SO much candy (like seriously, the equivalent of many houses!).

Then we went to my friend Ed’s house and she put together a whole scavenger hunt in her back yard!!

There were clues for each “Station” in her backyard (I posted some videos on my Instagram account if you are interested) and then Logan had to dig (with a shovel!) for the clue that led him to the next clue.

The final riddle had to spell out a word (scorpion) and he had to find the scorpion in the yard and then dig. And then he found a KEY! And the key opened a treasure chest with a huge bag of halloween candy, toys, a book, etc. It was so amazing.

It was sooo incredibly sweet that friends did this and Logan LOVED it. He was so excited and did not even mention trick or treating or notice that we did something different this year, so that was good.

I also saw, as we drove around, how many people got creative! Lots of tables set up for safe candy grabbing (some with hand sanitizer!), candy attached to fences or string by clothespins. It was so cool. It made me happy so many people tried to make Halloween fun for kids.

We had dinner when we got home. I made Michael and me a Greek bowl: spinach, wild rice, roasted chickpeas, pepperoncinis, kalamata olives, onion, feta cheese and Goddess Dressing (it called for Greek dressing, which I didn’t have, but Goddess Dressing made with tahini went perfectly!). It was so yummy!

Michael and I watched “The Quiet Place” Saturday night (Friday night we watched “Hereditary”). So we got our scary movies in. 🙂

Sunday I made a REALLY good dinner I wanted to share here.

Butternut Squash soup with tortellini, sage and goat cheese.

It was the PERFECT fall soup. The soup was delicious, slightly sweet. Loved the pasta in it. The sage was sautéed in butter til crispy, which was a fun addition. I used herbed goat cheese on top. I would definitely make this recipe again. Even Michael, who isn’t a huge fan of soup, or “sweet” soups, loved it, too. I recommend it!

Sunday Trail Run

Sunday morning I woke up and had some time before breakfast to go for a short run. The campground was quiet. I think it was about 7:30. I got dressed and headed out into the warm morning. I could tell it was going to be a hot day.

I left my headphones and music behind. I decided to just run through the campground and listen to the early morning sounds. All I heard was the sound of my feet on the gravel, the birds in the trees, and the sound of my breathing.

I ran out of our campsite and down the gravel road through the campground. I looped around, following the road, and then headed back up the road.

I looped around through the whole campground, passed the quiet campgrounds and volleyball courts and paintball fields.

I was feeling really good. The last few runs I did were stopped because of calf cramps. I’ve been eating bananas again and haven’t had any cramps. Maybe I do need to eat them when I run. The cool thing about trail running is that it takes a lot of focus. I had to go fairly slow because I was looking where I was running. I had to watch my foot placement and be careful. It was cool–it made me feel more in tune with my running and my body.

I ran under the Zip Lines and High Ropes and down the steep gravel road toward the exit of the park.

I ran for a little bit on the lonely, country road. There were no cars out there at that time in the morning.

I ran up the rolling hills and finally decided to turn around and head back to the gravel.

There was a super steep gravel road in the park and I ran up that and headed back to camp. It was a good little run first thing in the morning.

Run Stats:
Time: 30 minutes
Calories Burned: 332
Distance: No idea!

I forgot to take a photo of my heart rate monitor after my run. I wasn’t really running to break any records, I was just running for fun and to keep a balance with all the camping food I was eating. It was a good way to start the day!

After my run I showered in the camp showers and we all had breakfast. I had one pancake, scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon and fresh tomatoes from our garden.

After breakfast we did some more activities included in our Adventure Package. The first was panning for gold. It was fun–and definitely something kids would like. I found 1 fleck of real gold and lots of gemstones and pretty rocks.

For lunch Michael and I grilled up the leftover pizza from Rovente’s last Friday night. The pizza was even better as a leftover.

Charles’ brother Matthew arrived with his puppy, Scout, and the three of them went on their treasure hunt throughout the park. Michael and I went our own way on the treasure hunt.

They gave us a metal detector and set us on our way. It was fun! I’ve never done a treasure hunt before. We found some groovy treasures too. I liked playing with the metal detector and I was pretty good at it.

We found mostly coins and rings (nothing of value) except for a few Buffalo Head Nickels. After the treasure hunt we joined up with our friends and we all played disc golf. It was a LOT of walking.

It took us 2.5 hours to go through 18 holes throughout the camp. It was a grueling experience, which is funny because you wouldn’t think it would be hard work. It’s a lot of walking, tromping through forests and bushes to find lost frisbees (especially for my frisbee).

Between the early morning run and the disc golf, my legs and feet were tired from the hard work.

Disc golf is hard. I am so uncoordinated when it comes to sports. But I tried. This helped:

It was late when we finished up. I was glad it was over, honestly. I sucked at playing frisbee and was tired of digging through ant hills and bushes for mine! I was honestly tired from the whole weekend’s activities. We did a LOT!


Disc Golf Stats:
Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Calories Burned: 510

It was definitely a very, very busy weekend but that’s how I like my vacations.

Scout was definitely one pooped puppy! I could relate. 🙂

QUESTION: Do you do any fitness activities while camping? Are you a trail runner?