I’ve been in Davis for over 10 years, and while I’ve been to Tahoe numerous times, I haven’t explored the foothills very much. Lately, I have been trying to remedy this with a hiking trip a few weeks back and a visit to Apple Hill yesterday. It is the perfect time to explore because the weather is gorgeous – cool, but not cold and clear blue skies. And there haven’t been many people out and about, which is surprising given how pretty it is.
Two week ago I went with some friends on a doggie hike on the Codfish Creek Trail. See what I mean about the sky? And the road down is enough to discourage most people so we pretty much had the trail to ourselves…
As for Apple Hill, well it is region around Placerville that has a lot of apple farms (~50 or so). You can buy doughnuts, pies, cider, and of course apples at different orchards. You can even pick apples if you come earlier in the season. There are also quite a few wineries in the region although it isn’t known for wine. What did I do there?
I sampled the cider doughnut, which are cooked to order. I’m sorry to say that I was not a big fan. Then again I don’t really like doughnuts. J loved them though.
I also bought apple butter and about seven pounds of apples to make a pie later in the week. Then there was also cider tasting at Jack Russel Farm Brewery and wine tasting at Lava Cap. Yum. The scenery was quite beautiful, but I was too busy to snap a photo. To sum up the trip, I had a lovely time at Apple Hill, but ate and drank too much.
On the way home I stopped off at a mall to go bra shopping (does anyone else hate that?) and ended up coming home with no bras and cute Lululemon shorts. Win?
I definitely never would have bought this color from online photo (above), but was pleasantly surprised when I tried them on in the store. The ladies of GVH try to sport crazy tights at the speed workouts. I think these will work well. On side note, I found it funny that the guy at Lululemon was trying to sell me a white workout top to match. Please. I’d likely ruin it after one run.
Monday – Swimming – kicking and pulling. I don’t actually remember the set.
Tuesday – Yoga II; run easy 5 miles. It was Veterans day and since I did not have to work I made it to AM yoga. Love. I probably should have kicked butt at GVH in the evening (mile repeats would have been great training for upcoming race), but I was feeling lazy and did an easy run with friends instead.
Wednesday – Swimming – sprints. It was a good set (100s and 50s), but I was not thrilled by my lanemates. That was okay because I still got great workout in and was pleased with the effort I put in.
Thursday – Run 2 miles easy; swimming (distance) 30 mins. I was looking forward to a do-over of the mile repeats I missed, but my usual running partner did not want to run. Sad. I ended up doing a few miles easy with the dogs and then swimming on my lunch to get some XT in. I only made it through 1.25 rounds of 125s before I had to head back to lab, but it was still a worthwhile way to spend my lunch.
Friday – Rest day!
Saturday – 5 miles of running. I felt pretty great the whole time, which was surprising because I had some wine the night before and ran early (640AM). I kept a decent pace, at least the part without dogs. Success.
Sunday – 9.8 mile running. Bleh. It was gorgeous weather and I had good company, but I was not feeling it. Maybe I ate too much the day before? Or I was slightly under-fueled from eating small breakfast too early? Whatever it was, I felt tired and my stomach was making very loud noises by the end. While the run was not my best effort this week and my stomach is still feeling off after breakfast, I am happy to report that new shorts were quite comfortable and did not chafe at all. Excellent. Oh, and I didn’t walk or bitch (much), which is better than I can say for other runs.
22 mile running
230 mins XT
I still have yoga session this afternoon. Biking didn’t happen. Or core (outside of yoga). Sad…