Can I have a Wordless WIAW?
Who am I kidding… I never shut up.
Yesterday I completed San Diego’s 5 Peak Challenge. It was such a beautiful hike; I wish I could just post 20 pictures today! That’s a little boring, I know. Plus the challenge is a fun background story!
I hiked the first two peaks alone on Tuesday and again on Saturday with friends. Yesterday I did the final three alone. Well, alone with the company of a few podcasts.
The premise is that you hike all 5 peaks and you get a certificate and a pin. I would have done it without that (I’m a bit competitive), but it’s nice to have incentive!
It’s actually a brilliant marketing plan. The peak I did last week, Cowles, is over-crowded, so they devised this challenge to encourage people to explore more of the park. Having done all 5, I have no idea why people bother with Cowles. There are even more beautiful areas of the park to see.
The last 2 trails – North and South Fortuna – start out innocently enough with a beautiful trek beside a stream. I actually thought to myself “I’d be SO disappointed if it was too easy.” HA!
After the lovely stream there was a long, steep, gravel-y trail up the the split for each summit. In the sun. Did I mention that it was like 2 pm by this time? #notamorningperson
I passed the South Summit. Like totally missed it. The sign was behind some brush, blocking it from view at my angle. After going out of my way past the summit, I turned back and finally spotted it. Irritated, hot, and out of water, I debated just going back and doing the last one the next day. But let’s be honest… there was no way in hell I was going to turn back, so I just put my head down and went for it.
Now I just need to do it faster…
This is actually what I ate Monday. Usually I do Tuesday, but – as you can see above – I was a little busy. SO… read on for my day of eats, and join in Jenn’s WIAW baby right here today!
Breakfast was an omelet… that I shockingly didn’t break. All too often my omelets have to become scrambles. This was a one egg and 2 egg white combo with red bell pepper, cheese, pepper, and garlic topped with avocado and more cheese.
Giant baby kale salad (is that an oxymoron?) with red bell peppers, cucumbers, and leftover grilled chicken.
I’ve also been drinking a ton of sparkling water lately – either lemon on grapefruit. I’m not even picky about the brand – whatever in on sale.
It’s been a nice break from plain water!
We do a lot of “same but different” meals here. It’s not any harder for me to cook 2 separate proteins, and I get my fish while Vegas gets her beef.
We customize dinners over here. Vegas won't go near Turbot. I love it. I made black bean pasta and tomato sauce while baking my fish and sautéing ground beef to add to her sauce. It really doesn't take any longer… and she's a champ with the bean pasta. She only eyed it suspiciously and asked if it was squid ink. 😂
I only saw one snake. *Shudder*
Do you like sparkling water?
Do your omelets ever become scrambles? How about pancakes? Guilty, guilty.