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We have been having lots of fun on vacation in Tennessee, but we drive back today (wish me luck – I’m going to need it!).  I’m sad to say goodbye, but it’s been a really nice and memorable trip.  And I really feel the need to get home and prepare for my triathlon on Sunday.  I’m pretty much driving to Charlotte only to turn around and drive back to Asheville (it’s about halfway between my house and my mom’s).


Here’s some vacation highlights…


My mom bought Henry a Slip ‘n Slide… but that didn’t really work out, even when I tried to do it.   I hear the secret is baby oil or dish soap!  So instead, we rigged a baby pool at the bottom of his swingset slide and put a hose at the top – it worked.  Loads of fun.


Claire was not as amused as Henry, though.


The other big highlight of the trip was a hike that we did on the local House Mountain.  It was way more challenging than I thought it would be – I was pretty impressed that Henry could do it.  Very rocky and complicated towards the top!  Claire was pretty happy in her Snugli backpack and held it together the entire 2 hour way.




Sad News…

Do you remember the 92 year old woman that I wrote about in my July 4 race recap? She was an awesome and inspiring runner who was the oldest female marathoner in the world and completed 81 marathons AFTER that age of 64. Here’s a little video of her at he July 4th Four Miler:

Oldest female marathon runner IN THE WORLD ran the local #charlotte 4 miler this morning! She’s 92!

A video posted by caitlinhtp (@caitlinhtp) on

She passed away after suffering from a stroke last month. She had just laid out her clothes for a 5K race. I was really inspired by Margaret Hagerty… she proved you were never too old to pick up a new healthy habit or try something different. Rest in peace!



  • Karien @ Running the Race August 6, 2015, 6:40 am

    So sad to hear about Margaret. What an amazing woman!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 6, 2015, 8:46 am

    Well at least she got to do what she loved until the end! Rest in peace Margaret.

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H August 6, 2015, 9:37 am

    looks like such a fun family hike!

  • McLean August 6, 2015, 10:03 am

    Enjoy Asheville! Check out Laughing Seed and Rosetta’s if you haven’t already! And Biscuit Head is a great breakfast spot 🙂

  • Cassie August 6, 2015, 12:04 pm

    That hiking spot looks awesome!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 6, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Aww sad news about the runner! 🙁 But it looks like you had a super fun vacation!

  • Katie August 6, 2015, 1:50 pm

    I cannot wait until my little boy is old enough to go hiking! That must have been such a fun thing to share. We take him in the backpack, but it will be different to see him scrambling on the rocks and playing in streams.

  • Amanda August 6, 2015, 2:40 pm

    What a shame about Margaret! She lived a full life and passed quickly and painlessly (I hope)- what an inspirational woman!

  • Reenie August 6, 2015, 2:57 pm

    That first pic is really kewel…. a frameable one. 🙂

    RIP Margaret.

  • Amanda K. August 6, 2015, 3:14 pm

    so fun!
    question, what kind of hiking backpack is that?
    my friend had an older one and it didn’t have straps — the baby just sat down in it. and the dad tripped and fell and the baby fell out and fractured her skull. YIKES!
    do you like yours?

    • Caitlin August 7, 2015, 5:35 am

      OMG! Snugli has straps!!

  • Amy August 7, 2015, 2:10 pm

    So fun! Would love a review or just your thoughts on the hiking backpack for kiddos- i’m on the hunt for one for my 2 year old and would love any insight you have!

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