travel spot: Looking Back: August


August was a good month! As usual, it was filled with lots of outdoor activities, family and friends! I love summer!

In August I clocked 197 miles. About 122 of those were in the Wind
River Range, and another 31.5 of them were from the Tamalpa Headlands
50k. Other than that, I actually had a couple of “easy” weeks! I
actually biked about 41.6 miles though, which brings me to a total of
about 141 miles, which is 78% of my 180 mile goal for this year! This
month I kind of fell short on the yoga front, and I only did 2 sessions.

Reading: I thought I would read a lot on the
hiking trip, but usually we were so tired that we went right to bed
(sometimes as early as 7 pm). So, that plus the driving took out about
10 days of reading. However, thanks to audio books, I did “read” 5 books
in August (sorted by preference / audio books in italics).

Her Every Fear ****
Think Like a Freak ****
Dreamland Burning ****
The Light of Paris ***
The Body of Death ***

I was not really home for even one weekend in August! The first two
were spent in Wyoming; the third near San Jose and the last in Marin
County at my grandma’s 85th birthday! It was a busy month of events and

Haystack Mountain, Wind River Range, WY
Wind River: Looking northeast from Chimney Rock @ 12,000 ft
The Eclipse. I didn’t look at it, I swear!

SF Giants game with Dad
SF Giants game with Dad

Etc.: The garden is in full swing. I
have tomatoes coming out of my ears! Speaking of ears, the corn has
ears now too! I am not sure when they will be ready to pick, but it’s so
exciting to have a new vegetable in the backyard. Also ripening are the
figs, cucumbers and zucchini. Still pending potatoes (maybe) and hot
peppers. Interestingly, this year I had a lot of volunteer squash and
tomatoes (aka, they replanted themselves from seeds from last year) and
they are actually bearing fruits! I have canned regular tomatoes and
tomato salsa and will probably do another batch of canning next month,
likely tomato sauce and/or more plain tomatoes.

I think this qualifies as a plethora.

Snack Time! 

How was your August? What is your favorite in-season fruit or vegetable?


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