Fairy Tale Challenge – Princess 1/2 Marathon

It was HOT for the 10K – it was even HOTTER for the half marathon. RudDisney still had a heat warning and was telling everyone to take it slow and stay hydrated. My character was going to be Rapunzel for this run so I put on my purple sparkle skirt, the Rapunzel themed shirt I got off Etsy, and pinned a little Pascal (that I also got off Etsy) to my shoulder. Kevin once again dropped me off at Epcot and I made my way to the start. This day was gonna be tough…

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Fairy Tale Challenge – 10K

The morning of the 10K I strapped on the tentacles I made after Kevin dropped me off at Epcot – transforming me into Ursula. I hoped they would not annoy me while I was running, which is why I wore them for the shorter of the 2 races. You really should take your costumes out for a test run, but I just wing it…

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Fairy Tale Challenge – EXPO

Whew! This was a crazy day. Let me start by telling you that awhile ago I signed up for another runDisney race series – the Princess Half weekend! I decided to do the Fairy Tale Challenge – which consists of a 10K and a half marathon back to back days – hey, that’s easier than the Dopey Challenge I did right!? So ANYWAY we booked our flight to leave Friday morning from Philly to Orlando – the flight was supposed to arrive at 3:00, giving me plenty of time to get to the Expo to pick up my race packet before they closed at 7:00. You note I just typed SUPPOSED to arrive at 3:00….

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

I decided to come out of hibernation for a bit since we were having a break in the extreme cold. My Dad, nephew and I drove over to Middle Creek – a wildlife preserve in PA that gets THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of snow geese every year. I knew it wasn’t QUITE peak time for them yet as it was still a bit cold, but I also knew there would some there – over the next few weeks as the lake warms they take over the area.

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Christmas Lights Bike Ride 2018

 I took my nephew on the annual Christmas Lights bike ride – and man oh man was it cold.  Literally freezing.  Thankfully my dad agreed to drop us off because I still don’t have a hitch on my new car.  My nephew wanted green lights on his bike so I ordered a set for his wheels and he helped me install them.  When we arrived there were so many people with decorated bikes.  My dad looked at me and said, “Well – what are you waiting for?”  “It’s cold!!” I answered, “5 more minutes.”  I decided I was going to try to stay in the car as long as possible – It was 30* outside!

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Bike Train: Jim Thorpe – White Haven PA

I was undecided what I wanted to do for my birthday weekend this year.  The weather hasn’t been the greatest lately so that took out camping.  I really wanted to go see some waterfalls, but a lot of places I looked up were either closed for the season or the trails were washed out due to all the rain we have been having.  Then something made me think about the bike train in Jim Thorpe.  After a quick search, I found out it was the last weekend for the year.  I gave Pocono Biking a call with serious doubts I would get any tickets.  They are a company we have used NUMEROUS times before for the shuttle, but never had a chance to take the train.  Either way, you park in Jim Thorpe and take the train (which runs about once a month spring – fall) or take a shuttle (which runs daily May – Oct and weekends only in April & November) to White Haven, PA.  Then you hop on your bike and cycle about 25 miles along the Lehigh Gorge Trail back to Jim Thorpe.

To my surprise there were a fed tickets available for the train!  I claimed tickets for as many family members as I could put in a car.  Bikes, trains, and waterfalls – what better way to spend a day?!

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