I am home from what was one of the best trips/weeks EVER. Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah is everything that I hoped it would be! I arrived home this morning at 1am and woke up thoroughly confused and mad that there were no mountains surrounding me. 😦 A girl can get spoiled FAST! All I want is a mountain range every day… I mean is that too hard to ask for? I don’t think so.
But I did wake up to discover that Daddio and I got to be twins all day 🙂
I will try to quickly give a recap of the trip. And I say “quickly” because I honestly could fill 20 posts with how amazing this vacation was, but I am pretty sure you will not read it/don’t care. Thus, recapping.
First off, we had beautiful weather every day. Gorgeous. Red Mountain Spa is nestled at the foot of Snow Canyon in St. George and is basically all Red Rock, making it contrast perfectly with blue sky and white clouds.
This was an adventure spa, so my mom and I were up every morning at 6am, grabbed a HUGE breakfast from the incredible FREE breakfast buffet (I always over ate…) then set off on the Endurance Hike. Red Mountain has 3 levels of hikes– Easy, Challenge, and Endurance. Obviously, mom and I chose Endurance 🙂 And let me tell you– they really mean Endurance. Every morning was 7+ miles of trailing running, bouldering, sand-dune climbing, and general climbing/scrambling/hiking. Total body exhaustion! So great! Running with packs and boots on through sand, over boulders, up/down rocky terrain was the most awesome bad-a$$ feeling in the world! Our guide, “Gene The Machine” was basically a drill-Sargent. I love that kind of attitude 🙂
After the hike, we would hit up “Second Breakfast” (exactly like the first…except even more food).
Then I would head to a gentle yoga class, chi-ball stretching, foam rolling, or pilates class. This was then followed by an amazing lunch Buffet! I was never hungry for lunch after 2 huge breakfasts, but Hey- This girl don’t turn down Buffets. You feel me?
For 2 of the days, after lunch we did a 27 mile bike ride or an INTENSE mountain bike ride with a guide. I have never had so much fun as I did mountain biking! I really had to learn to trust my bike! It was scary at first, going over boulders, rocks that I though for sure would kill me, at speeds that I couldn’t even risk blinking! The thrill was totally intoxicating!!
On the days we did not bike, we did a few fitness classes of Cardio Strength, Kickboxing, Sports Conditioning,etc. Or I got a run in 🙂
We did allow a few hours after working out to read/hot tub, but dinner soon came ((delicious)) followed closely by SLEEP!!! Then, we would wake up and do it all again!
Many people stare at me when I tell them about this Fantastic vacation, wondering how I found this total Body Beating “fun”… but of course I was absolutely obsessed! I love active Go, Go, Go vacay’s!
The last thing my mom and I hit up was a night at Zion National Park. WOW. No words for this devastating beauty. It is truly the magnificent creation of God!!
My mom and I slept it until 6:15am and quickly gobbled apples and Cliff bars and set out to hike the famous Angels Landing. If you have never heard of this hike, it is extremely technical. You peak thousands of feet up a sheer cliff, using chains to hold on to shimmy across the ledge. It was a total RUSH. Seriously though, one wrong move, and…. ya. See Ya.
The trip was so so so amazing (right up there with my all-out ski vacations) and I can not wait to be back! My body though is entirely shot. Like… everything hurts. I need like 3 days of solid NOTHING. No abs, no push ups, no long walks, no weights, no running… of course I doubt I do this… but I am really really going to try!!
I found myself RAVENOUS today. I ate and ate and ate. And that is ok… I think my body is just tired, happy to not work out today, and taking advantage of the down time and stocking up on TONS OF FUEL (aka food).
Tomorrow, I starting work at 4:30am and will not be home until after 6pm. Long day to say the least… but I am being paid for every second of it 🙂
A few pics to post (all on other camera) but here is mom, me and our view! so great!
And we of COURSE stopped at the St. George Costco. Crazy busy Saturday afternoon! Didn’t buy anything (on way to airport) but we did manage a great lunch from all the samples! Favorite was FOR SURE the Cinnamon Buckwheat Pancakes. OhMeeGeeeee.
How was everyone’s weekend? Any Races?
Every been to St. George or an Adventure Spa?