Saturday, September 26, 2009

Appleton-The Fox Cities Marathon

Sounds impressive eh? Well, we did participate in the Fox Cities Marathon, however, we were 1/2 marathon power walkers. It is very fun. Once a year it is a nice change of pace, so to speak, to walk a race instead of running. You sure see more of the sights.

We made a little vacation out of it.

We drove to Appleton on Friday, Sept 18th.

We stopped here for a little breather.


We were here…


In case you were wondering.

We stayed at the Cambria Suites in Appleton and it was beautiful.

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Not one but two flat screen TV’s to watch the Packer Game on!


We brought the laptop and I talked to Graammpa for a while. That’s me talking to him!


We called Ilan who went to school with Cody and I’ve known for almost 10 years now. He invited us over for dinner, much to Cody’s mortification.

Here is his cute little house. He lives with two room mates.



On this quiet little street-except for a few train whistles. Which were pretty loud. Kind of like the My Cousin Vinnie train and factory whistles.


Here we are-the weather was great.


He was truly a gracious host-look at him working for us-


Ilan’s biggest hobby is brewing beer. I should not say it is a hobby, but more of a passion. I tasted a couple of nice looking brews DSC00568 DSC00569

Pretty huh?

The next day we admired the view and a hot air balloon from our window.





We picked up our race packets, I bought some yarn at Iris Fine Yarns.         


We did a little shopping at the grocery store so Dave could have some munchies and fancy beer for the game. (Ilan has ruined Dave for the old Miller Golden Light any more. He also told me that the reason why they put lime in the beer is to take the stale taste away. So much for Bud Light Lime)

Anyway, I saw this little keg of wine. This is a higher end wine, when the box just won’t do.

And, the keg is recyclable, there are instructions on how to do so right on the side. Um, I am probably a real snob to say so, but I am not sure the person drinking wine out of a keg is worried about the recyclability of the receptacle. Just sayin’….


Then the most amazing thing-the clerk asked me for ID. Seriously. I had to ask her if it was to buy beer just to be sure. Oh, it was a glorious day. So I am blogging this grocery store and giving it a free plug because of their fine customer service.


Tony and Mary arrived and we met up and went out to dinner. We made it an early night because we were walkin’ at 0h-seven-hundred.

Here’s the start


I am ready to go


And they’re off!


Here are a few things we saw



Deep dark woods


Mary, Tony, and Dave walking along.



Our time at 5 miles.

And a guy playing the piano for us.

And I ran into this mouse or bear or something. And those girls were very enthused about the whole business.


We sure had a good time with our pictures


So good that everyone had to join the fun


And who is this in the distance?


I do believe it is Fred Flintstone, giving me some Gatorade in a  GB Packer cup. Check out the feet.


We walked by the lake and saw a hearse in the park (I knew this was a tough race, but seriously, I didn’t know I was at risk for death….)



We passed through Menasha on our way to Neenah and the finish line.


I saw the Happy Wanderers. (I didn’t get a picture of the Geriatric Band, dang it)


There was a dangerous shark at about mile 11, and a lifeguard to keep him (or her) at bay



We finally got to the 13th mile


And the finish


We had our picture taken but I have to order it to copy it. So that will be coming soon.

Here is the best part of returning to our hotel


Our designer bathroom with totally comfortable tub. And no dogs or cats or dog or cat hair.

Watched a little Green Bay, shopped a little, had a little dinner, and the next day we returned home.

The dogs were all stressed out because we were gone for 4 days. Jeepers. The cats didn’t seem to care. The birds, well, they have a brain the size of a pea so I am not sure they even noticed.

And that is our PowerWalk, 2009.

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