First, and most importantly… it is BROOKE’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY TODAY!! Feel free to wish her a very happy birthday in the comments and I will read them to her:) We are going to spend the day together on carousels, going to splash pads, eating cantaloupe (she could eat a whole one all on her own and playing with dogs—> her ultimate birthday wishes. I can’t wait, I take birthdays a little to the extreme… Andrew is just learning this;)
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Andrew and I are home from a few days up in Victoria and we came home feeling sooooo much better.
We stayed at Westin Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria and our room had windows that covered 2 of the 4 walls so we could overlook the gorgeous scenery around us. I know I exaggerate (it is in my family’s blood to do so) about a lot of things but take me seriously with this for a bit, I don’t know if I have been anywhere prettier than Bear Mountain/Victoria. I felt like everywhere I looked I was just in awe, felt goosebumps from gratitude to God for such a beautiful world, breathed in the cleanest air possible and felt peaceful. Running in these areas, took it to the next level. So, yes… We will be back with the kiddos and visit as much as possible (Whistler, BC, CA is also on our list:).
This was kind of a honeymoon redo for us (the first one was amazing too:) but we wanted to have a more active and health-conscious one too! We wanted to play hard and relax big time! We weren’t very active with our first honeymoon but we wanted to take a trip and be really active (because that is more like us anyways;) while both kiddos were away. We loved staying at Westin Bear Mountain Resort because they have SO many opportunities for their guests to get out and be healthy! Westin offers awesome running gear (shoes and clothing) for just $5 to rent (and they bring it to your room) so you can pack light (and avoid workout clothes laundry) when traveling! They are all about the idea of Move Well, Eat Well, Play Well and Sleep Well——> and we did all of those things!
Andrew and I were pretty thrilled with the chocolate strawberries when we first arrived. The flights over were great—> The Olympics were on the plane to Seattle and we were glued to that and then from Seattle to Victoria it was so short it felt like as soon as we were done going up, we were going back down again.
The first morning we were there we had a Westin Running Concierge (Shayne—> he was the best) take us out for an hour of trail running. It was amazing to have someone with us that knew the area perfectly because I usually get lost 20 times when running in a new area. We went out on one of the mountain biking single track courses for a bit before joining up with a wider trail. We dropped down into a valley and then getting back out of the valley caused both me and Andrew’s legs to burn.
We sure don’t get to do this very often:
Our guide kept us on our toes:) We were both pretty tired by the end—> a clear sign we need to be doing WAY more hills at home.
At the top of climbing back up a hill… we were quite proud of our accomplishment.
Say hi to Shayne:) He was a blast to talk with the whole time and he showed us some incredible spots!
Our lunch for the day… Salmon Cobb Salad. The seafood here was out of this world. Utah isn’t known for their seafood and this stuff was just so crazy good. We ate with the sweetest ladies, one of them being the RACE DIRECTOR for the Victoria Marathon among other huge races in the area! Her love for the sport and empowering others to get out and run was completely contagious. I WILL be coming out one of these years for the Victoria Marathon.
Next up, Jordie Lunns (you can watch one of his biking videos here—> he is a pro) took us out for some mountain biking. AKA Andrew’s idea of heaven… it is one of his all-time favorite things to do. I’m not going to lie, I am quite the wuss on the bike but the boys sure did some crazy things. Even as a wuss, it was still a great workout and so fun to be out all on our own with a pro teaching us how to do it. Andrew is convinced he needs to mountain bike in Whistler next.
The resort has so many ways to be active—> they have an awesome gym in the hotel and then right next door to the hotel the guests can all use the Rec Center for free. The rec center is a huge gym that has classes, a cross-fit gym, a beautiful pool, weight room, a women’s only workout room etc. They are all about having their guests leave vacation feeling better than when they came and being active is one of the ways to do that!
That night we had the most amazing prawns, bread (Andrew said it was the best bread he has ever had), steak, gnocchi and chocolate.
The view while eating these foods was pretty incredible too.
Saturday morning we hit up Mt. Finlayson with our guide to do some yoga up top. The hike up took about 25ish minutes and it was a blast (and we were out of breath ha). The views from the top were awesome and we definitely needed some stretching at the top.
Look at that strength right here;)
Could have stayed up there all day long.
We finished up and then went to grab some lunch. A pulled pork sandwich for me with some tomato basil soup.
And then after a nap (Brooke and Knox don’t love us to sleep so we had to catch up while we were there;) we went to the gorgeous spa for a couples massage. This was our first one together and Andrew said afterwards that we are going to have to make this part of our monthly budget to go and do this together. It was perfect and I felt like a new person afterwards. They have a mineral pool you can use before and then after our massages we were able to relax and hangout in the room.
And for our Sunday morning before leaving, we had breakfast at Bella!!!
Just a tad bit different than our normal Sunday mornings of cereal and rushing around trying to get the kids ready for church ha!
And our last moving activity for the trip before heading home—> A GOLF LESSON!?!?! From a pro. On the most beautiful course you’ve ever seen.
Thank you Westin Bear Mountain Resort for our favorite kind of trip/activities/food/views!
While we were in line for our fish and chips (ehhhh for a long time;) we started making our bucket list… we’ve got a lot to do ha… this might take a few decades but exploring with Andrew is my favorite.
Also, I was pretty excited to see Desi out front for a little bit during the Olympic Marathon:) Did you watch? All three USA women were in the top ten wahoo!!!
And now we are back with the kids (well, we get Knox on Tuesday)… feeling more rested than ever.
PS a bunch of people asked about where my jacket was from on Saturday night—> HERE!!!!
Would you rather have a cabin in the mountains or a beach house? More of a beach or mountains person? What about your family? What are some things on your bucket list that you REALLY want to do!? How often do you do yoga? Anyone do a race this weekend? Anyone have one coming up over the next little bit? Been watching the Olympic running events?