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When my son said, "Mom, let's get up early and run that trail you found." I thought to myself, "It's almost 4 miles! I haven't run more than 2 miles in 20 years." But I set the alarm, and the two of us got up early this morning to run. We ran side by side until we got to the trail head, then he took off, while I kept my own steady pace. The trail went through a bird sanctuary, down below the dam, and back along the other side of the lake. It was a beautiful morning with great views of the Front Range. I ran the entire trail except for the long hill coming up from below the dam. I'm estimating I ran at least 3 miles. My son doubled back to meet me after he finished the trail, so he ran at least 4.
I wanted real food when we got back to our motel. I fixed lunch for myself (tuna and English peas out of the picnic box) while the rest of the family had breakfast. We spent the morning in the national park, our son climbing rocks, and our daughter taking pictures.
We met our friend for dinner in Colorado Springs at Giuseppe's, a restaurant in the old train station. I ordered grilled salmon with salad and steamed vegetables, and shared with my daughter. This was the first meat or fish she has had since we left home. She has eaten lots of legumes and lots of salad, plus rice and pasta. She had a soy shake every morning, and soy protein bars for snacks. She takes the Type A diet fairly seriously, and made good decisions overall on this vacation. Salmon is her favorite fish, so even though it was the most expensive meal I ordered on the trip, it seemed like a good choice.
Indeed the salmon was excellent. The salad was good; there were a few other greens mixed in with the iceberg lettuce. The steamed vegetables, however, were the same winter mix that I buy frozen in the grocery store. I ate the carrots and broccoli, but picked out the cauliflower and gave it to my husband. For the price of the dinner, I had expected better than frozen carrots and broccoli.
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