What HAVE I Been Up To?

So hey there!

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in a while.  I have been busy with work and life and really haven’t had a lot of time.

There have been some challenges in me trying to get a race schedule lined up.  The latest is I planned a pretty major race for the end of May but I just got some awesome family news that happens to fall on the race date – I am excited that I will be celebrating with the family instead.

But that means that race is out the window…and I am hesitant to sign up for anything else.  Because of this, I haven’t been specifically training, I find I need to have a specific goal to push me to do regimented training.

It isn’t like I am falling apart.  I mean, my job requires me to be on my feet all day walking in the woods in deep snow, and travel gorgeous woods roads like this:

Maine, Holeb Road, forestry

My commute

On the weekends I run around in the woods with this guy:

Maine, snowshoe, caratunk, dog, bernese mountain dog

Actually I am lucky enough to take him to work with me most days, but on the weekends we play instead of work.  I get to go where I want to go.  That makes it way more fun.

People often ask me why do I spend so much time outside on the weekends, since I am outside all week at work.  That is a fair question.

I guess I just can’t help it, I am an outside kid.

Appalachian Trail, AT, hike, snowshoe, winter hike

Me on the Appalachian Trail

This weekend Porter and I broke the trail up to Pleasant Pond Mountain – a hike I do often in the summer and fall.  This time it was a real workout because there was snow up to my knees the whole way.  Porter let me break trail for him.  It is steep in places but it is gorgeous!

Appalachian Trail, AT, Pleasant Pond, Pleasant Pond Mountain

It’s only 1.1 miles, how hard can it be?

Appalachian Trail, AT, Pleasant Pond, Pleasant Pond Mountain

The trail to the top

Appalachian Trail, AT, Pleasant Pond, Pleasant Pond Mountain, BMD, Bernese Mountain Dog

Porter resting from breaking trail

Appalachian Trail, AT, Pleasant Pond, Pleasant Pond Mountain

Porter and I at the top

So that is what I have been up to.

I am super thankful to have some amazing sponsors this year, and my next post will be all about them!

Thanks for reading!

Mandy

About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Porter by my side.
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4 Responses to What HAVE I Been Up To?

  1. Norma Bardo says:

    Howdy, I have missed you! All I have to say is it sounds more interesting about your hikes with Porter than some race. Why do you feel compeled to race? nb

  2. John Newman says:

    Great to hear from you again! Be well.
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  3. Kevin says:

    You dog is so cute. It looks like he really likes the snow.

    Kevin
    HalfTRIing.Blogspot.com

  4. Donna says:

    Nice to see you in my reader again! And please keep posting these amazing photos, I love them :-)
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