One of the things we most love about California is camping here. We loved camping in the UK but it’s very different. In the UK, camping marks you out as tough. Hardened. Badass. (Not that anyone in the UK says badass, it’s just one of my favourite US words). Primarily because camping in the UK will doubtlessly involve being cold and wet. Whereas here? Camping involves basking in the great outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air. It’s not badass but it’s amazing.
This weekend, we went with a big bunch of friends up to the Sierra Foothills to Coloma, just outside Placerville. We went primarily so that some of the group could go white water rafting on Saturday. I didn’t raft. I don’t want to drown. So I nobly offered to join my heavily pregnant friend Jenny (who is due in three weeks) in looking after two toddlers and two dogs. I’m so selfless!
We got there late, so Friday night involved a campfire, margaritas and two little boys dashing about on bikes.
On Saturday, with our big boys and one brave girl rafting, Jen, the little boys and the dogs went down to a local beach so everyone could paddle in the American River. It was hot and fab. In the afternoon we all napped in the sweltering heat, and then in the evening, with everyone back safe and sound, we grilled marinated steak, drank wine and made s’mores.
I was up with the birds on Sunday morning, I fuelled on flapjack and was running at 6am. I had planned a route out on mapmyrun but realized that it was ALL uphill so I quickly plotted a slightly flatter one. The iPhone was out of juice so I had to use my old watch to time today’s run. It was a cool, overcast morning – perfect! I ran about two miles uphill as part of the route, paced myself calmly up and then was quite staggered at how steep it was when I was running down. Quite an ego boost. It was a lovely run. In the end I did about 9 miles in about 1.44 (roughly 11 min mile pace). That feels a little slow but nothing has been accurately measured so I’ll survive!!
When I got back, everyone was just waking up so the Husband and I cooked a big fry-up of sausages, bacon and scrambled egg and then we took the tents down and headed to a local winery to do some morning wine-tasting in the sunshine. And then we sadly headed home!
A wonderful sunshiny weekend was made even better when we got home and got to watch two days worth of Tour de France!! The good news is that Brad Wiggins is in second place….we are very happy!
So what did you do whilst we were under canvas? And some honest feedback about whether or not that orange top suits me? I can take it.