Just took a week long vacation – haven’t done that in a few years. It was action packed. Started by flying into Boston and eating at Lisa’s folks – they always make amazing dinners – had pasta for us Saturday night in preparation for the Cohasset Triathlon on Sunday. My good buddy from age five, Bill Burnett, puts it on, and what an amazing job he does. This year Jarrod Shoemaker (representing the USA in the triathlon in Beijing!) and 900 other people raced it, including a number of elite competitors. Jarrod beat me. In just two years it’s become a huge deal in the northeast. They had a giant stage and all sorts of gear and food available. Super foggy and a heavy surf in the morning but they did the swim anyways, which added that much more difficulty to it. I finished on a mountain bike, next year I’ll get a real bike, though I’ve said that for the last 8 triathlons I’ve done and never have.
The next day we left for Natucket to stay with my very close family friends the Carneys in their beautiful home in the town of Nantucket, overlooking the harbor – such a nice place. But boo, it’s on the market, bummer. My best bud Spencer was there with his kids, including new baby Cormac Thomas – named after me! How cool is that? 2 months old, and amazing. Also his older sister Daley, who at three is super fun to hang out with. Went out to a super nice dinner at Orin Moore’s with Spence, Sue, Lisa and I, highlight was when the waiter brought a french press and pushed down on it at the table, spraying coffee and grounds all over the table and putting out the candle – we found it hilarious, the head waiter not so much. Went sailing several times on their Rhodes 19 in Nantucket harbor and through the cut in the jetties to the open ocean, a little sketchy coming back in but fortunately the tide had shifted in our favor. And a highlight was driving out on the beach on Coatue and surfcasting – we caught four huge bluefish! I can never get over how you can stand on the beach up to your ankles in water and take this giant rod, cast out a huge lure, and reel in these 4 or 5 pound (guessing) fish. Plus the added bonus of driving on the beach which is always a good time. Letting the air out of the tires first so they are somewhat flat is fun too.
After Nantucket we went to Lisa’s grandparent’s place in upstate New York, on Indian Lake. A terrific two houses they have, on the water next to each other, a bunch of waterfront with docks, ski boat, swim platform, rowboat, kayaks, canoe, and sunfish. And over the course of five days we used them all! Taught Lisa to sail one day which I expect will do wonders for her confidence on my boat here in Chicago – so much easier to “get” sailing on a small boat. Swam every day and showered and shaved zero days – just an “Adirondack shower” in the lake each day. So fun. For the 4th we went and climbed Mt Marcy – 3200 feet or so of elevation gain, 7.2 miles up and 7.2 miles down – it took us 4 hours up and I couldn’t believe it, but also four hours down. Weird. The last couple hours seemed to take forever. The summit was really beautiful, above tree line so huge views, 360 degrees. Count it as my 12th state high point!
Actually quite incredible fireworks that night on the lake for such a small town – we took the rowboat and speedboat out to watch. The next night I went on about an hour long mountain bike ride around Indian Lake, which is no small feat considering the trails are for snowmobiles not bikes – and are overgrown and mosquito infested and swampy in places. Kevin, Lisa’s uncle, was in better shape and kicked my butt up the hills – one particularly long one – tough to train for that kind of stuff in Chicago. Was a blast, and really cool and pretty. A interesting aside – at one trail intersection in the middle of nowhere out in the woods there were advertisements on the trees for bars, hotels, restaurants, etc – for the snowmobilers. Was something I’d never seen before.
Managed to chop a whole bunch of wood for Lisa’s grandfather, he appreciated it and I enjoyed the physical labor. Small repayment for such incredible hospitality and relentlessly delicious meals, one after the other.
Got back late Monday night, tired but refreshed. I need to figure out how to do more and longer trips! Actually in a couple weeks we have the Mac race and then a few days sailing in the North Channel with my folks – so good stuff.