A few months ago, plans were laid for a group weekend in the Methow. Jenn & Bryan’s neighbors generously lent us their cabin for what was supposed to be eight of us. At the last minute, Timmion & Khai couldn’t make it, so it was Jenn & Bryan, Erin & David plus T and yours truly. When we’d initially planned this weekend, we were all thinking there would still be tons of snow and all of the related activities. But thanks to a warm spring, it was “mud season” (I love this term.) Bad news for skiers, but good news for someone who wanted to ride her bike outside! Even mountain biking was off the table, as the trails were too muddy, so it meant I’d get some company for my ride outside.
T and I took Friday off to extend our weekend a little bit. Seattle was blessed with some amazing sunny weather and it felt like summer as we packed up the car. Thanks to our pet-sitter bailing on us, the boys were joining us, much to their delight. We treated ourselves to breakfast at a delightfully empty Portage Bay Cafe and hit the road. I’d had big plans to go for a run when we got to the cabin, but somehow Erin’s new afternoon tradition of tequila shot happened instead:
(Followed by smoked Alaskan sea salt for an artisinal touch. We do it up right in this group… ) After that, drinking wine on the couch and catching up with everyone became much more appealing. It was a great evening filled with a bit too much wine, great food and lots of good conversation. There may have even been some making out on the couch…
The plan for the day was some bike riding in the sunshine. David was planning a long ride (He’s training for Ironman Coeur D’Alene at the end of June), so Erin and I made plans for a 2-hour ride on part of the beautiful route we’ve ridden in the past. Because I’ve only been on the trainer so far this year, I was really excited to see what all of those power numbers mean “in the real world.” Unfortunately, my powermeter decided not to talk to the Garmin, so that was not to be. But I did get to ride outside in the sunshine, on empty roads, chit-chatting with Erin. It was bliss! (Alas, I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the ride, but it was amazing.)
Originally, the plan was meet T in Twisp, but there was a bit of a comedy of errors. The natural foods market where we’d planned to have lunch was closed, so he’d texted that he’d meet us in Withrop instead. Unfortunately, I had no cell service, so I’d texted him from Winthrop but didn’t get his message until we were in Twisp. So, he had to do a bit of driving around. Luckily, the bakery in Twisp was open so Erin & I were able to get some coffee and treats while we waited for T. I apparently was hungry, as I inhaled a cinnamon roll concoction. Mmmmm… We then met up with Bryan and Jenn for lunch in Winthrop. The place had great food, beer for the boys and these great carved wooden beer taps:
We had a few hours to relax before dinner. Jenn, Bryan and I took the dogs for a little hike/walk, which was nice. Then it was time to get cleaned up to go out for a delicious Italian dinner. More amazing food, wine and company. Seriously, it was a little insane:
The next morning was Easter Sunday. We kicked it off with a little run. It turned out to be just the girls with Wally & Tyr. Since I didn’t get pictures of yesterdays ride, I tried to make up for it today. (Wally is very helpful in this regard, as he likes to take breaks from time to time… )
Tyr was raring to go:
It was lovely to run along on an empty dirt road, with Wally trotting along beside me. It was warm enough to run in short sleeves (actually a bit warmer than that… ) After being denied a swim in frozen pond at the turnaround, Wally cooled off in the snowpile next to the car:
Tyr gave him some pointers (Ha! See what I did there?):
Then it was back to the house for breakfast and an Easter basket exchange. As expected, this group did it up right and we all walked away with lots of goodies. Sadly, we then had to start packing up to hit the road. It was such a lovely weekend in all respects, that none of us wanted to leave. But alas, there was a real world to return to and a long drive home. We enjoyed a last bit of indulgence with a burger and milkshake in Cashmere.
So many thanks to Jenn and Bryan for hosting us and Erin/David for the great company. I’m so lucky to have all of you guys in my life.