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Gen Chesty Puller 10k

Gen Chesty Puller 10k

My second 10k of the year. Wow, has it really been a whole year already since I ran this race? Last year, the Gen Chesty Puller was my very first 10k and I was glad to be back running it again in the small town of West Point. This year I am glad the start time got moved up to 7 am (that Virginia summer heat is no joke, I tell ya!).  It was an absolutely beautiful day for running. The air was clear, despite…

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Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park is a park I stumbled upon while driving along Route 60. I am glad I made the stop because I discovered the most scenic panoramic views of the New River located around 750 feet (230m) down below. It could not have been a more beautiful day to visit Hawks Nest State Park out in West Virginia!  This scenic view is located just within the park.  Just a short walk away led to one of the most…

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Ragnar Trail Richmond

Ragnar Trail Richmond

My very first Ragnar experience! I have always wanted to do one of these races, but always struggled with trying to find a team. I went to a local RWB luncheon and someone was looking for a teammate. It was an opportunity I could not pass up, so I joined. The trails have always been my favorite place to run and I have never done a trail race before, so I was very much looking forward to this event. For those who don’t…

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Gullfoss

Gullfoss

Part of the Golden Circle, Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Gullfoss is 105 feet (32m). Gullfoss known as the Golden Falls is located in a vast canyon along the Hvítá river. It was nearly impossible to see this waterfall without getting drenched in the process, but oh it was so worth it! My friends can be seen scurrying off in the distance trying to avoid the almighty falls. Sometimes people feel the water and others…

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Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park

Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park

Öxarárfoss is located in Þingvellir National Park (also Thingvellir National Park) which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Þingvellir National Park is one of the main attractions in the Golden Circle. The oldest existing Parliament in the world was formed here back in 930 AD and marks a very important place in Icelandic history.  Þingvellir National Park also features a continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates that can be clearly seen with…

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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

By far one of my favorite waterfalls in the entire world that I had the pleasure of revisiting while in Iceland! Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland that drops a good 60 meters (200 feet) from the rocks above! There is no hiking required and seeing this picture perfect waterfall is just a short walk from the parking lot. Seljalandsfoss is famous for featuring a cave that lets you walk behind this magnificent waterfall! DRIVING DIRECTIONS Seljalandsfoss is…

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PeasantMan Triathlon

PeasantMan Triathlon

My very first Triathlon! Wahoo! I can officially call myself a triathlete! This race was recommended to me and was definitely a good starter for my first triathlon. This race took place on Mother’s day this year and was located at Lake Anna State Park. Now I felt very unprepared for this race. When I say unprepared I mean I hadn’t swam in few months and I had just gotten my speed clips and shoes for my bike just a few days prior. Talk about waiting…

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Adams Creek Falls

Adams Creek Falls

This was by far one the most difficult waterfalls to get to, but was definitely one of the more fun ones despite the challenge! This hike was a little longer compared to the other waterfalls I saw in the area and was about 2.3 miles out and back. What made it even more difficult was having to trek across the water 6 different times! I was very unprepared for this but my inner monkey just had to go on and I…

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Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in the entire state of Pennsylvania. Raymondskill has a series of three cascading waterfalls with a combined height of 150 feet (46m)! I had the pleasure of visiting this frozen waterfall during the winter time. This waterfall was just a short walk away from the main parking lot. Just a .30 mile hike will take you to a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall. There are platforms providing viewing areas to the falls. Pictured above and below is…

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Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls

With a height of 60 feet, Cathedral Falls is one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in the state of West Virginia. Tucked away in a little ravine, Cathedral Falls towers down a canyon into a creek below that leads into the New River. The convenience of this waterfall being located just off the main road makes it worth the visit. DRIVING DIRECTIONS Cathedral Falls is located just one mile east from the Gauley Bridge and is conveniently located just right off of the…

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