driving: note intense look of concentration. although admittedly, driving 98% of the way on one road made it pretty easy to avoid getting lost. josh and split the trip 50/50 and it only took 3.5 hours.
we had dinner at a rather famous place called salsa’s. it had been recommended by many cuisine-savvy friends of ours, but we worried a bit because there was quite a debate on tripadvisor.com as to whether it had gone downhill. i’m glad we listened to everyone we knew, because i thought it was GREAT! i had a ‘perfect margarita’ (which was garnished with a cactus plant leave and banana slice), some chips ‘n’ guac, and the most amazing seared tuna creation EVER — something called a ‘paqueta’, which meant the tuna was stuffed in a grilled tortilla pocket with goat cheese/honey/herb sauce. there were also many delicious salads on the plate. josh had a pumpkin empanada (and half of my entree) and we left STUFFED. in retrospect, carboloading as probably a good move . . .
because today, we climbed mount mitchell (which climbs 3600 feet to an elevation of 6684′ over 5.6 miles). now, this actually wasn’t the first time: we first ascended the peak on our med school orientation campout, and it wasn’t easy then, for us or for anyone (read: several out-of-shape premeds nearly died, i think). but i figured that since now long runs are pretty routine for me, that this hike would be easier.
meaning, very, very hard. and long. also steep, rocky, rooty, sweaty, buggy, and humid. we did make it to the top (in 2.5 hours) but there was NO WAY i was navigating back down again. just like our first hike, we hitched a ride down the mountain with some fellow travelers. they didn’t take us all the way, though, and we had to hoof it on an uncertainly-marked dirt road that was completely deserted. while josh had confidence we were going the right way, i was unconvinced.
ciao for now!
workout: 45 minutes elliptical and 25 minutes full-body weights before we left on our trip.