Tuesday, August 30, 2011

EVXC Retreat

Our XC Retreat to Nathrop, CO this past weekend was a blast! There was not a minute of down time for me with 45 of us running around (39 kids, 4 adults, and one sweet baby boy). The kids were awesome the whole weekend, only one minor issue (where did Logan go?) that worked itself out just fine.

We arrived in Buena Vista, CO Thursday afternoon and went for a trail run. After that we headed to the house for one of three epic meals (feeding 45 takes five 9x13 yummy cassaroles pre-made by our awesome parents along with many sides and appetizers prepared by the kids). After dinner we just got to hang out and prepare for our hike.

Friday we got up at 4:45am (yes, it really happened!) and loaded up to go to the trailhead for Mount Princeton. After some shuttling, we started hiking around 7am. Most of us were on the top of the peak by 10:30am enjoying the views. This is the first year that not everyone made it up, but it was a challenging hike and weather pushed us off the top before we could wait on everyone. After 10 frantic minutes, the Good Lord kept the weather away and everyone hiked down without a problem. We ended our day with a trip the to Mount Princeton Hot Springs, which was very nice!

Saturday involved a little trip to Agnes Scott Falls up Rt 162 outside of Nathrop. It was a great little trip and we came back ready to outline our season with some goals. We established some preliminary team goals for the guys and gals and then had every runner meet one-on-one with a coach to discuss their individual goals. It was a great experience. After lunch, we packed up and headed home.

All I can do is praise my team for how cool they are! Great job EVHS XC!

The deer were so friendly here!

One meal = craziness!

The trail to the summit (on the right).

The highlight of my day:
One of our dads is a pilot at the High Altitude Training Center in Gypsum and he made a surprise fly by of the peak just to say hi to his daughter (like 30ft above us)!
I almost cried and Katie was SOOO proud to have her dad say hi!

Top of Mount Princeton

Team Brandt (Mack is out!)
FYI - Justin was gracious enough to stay with my back crew, hence Mack didn't summit his first 14er quite yet. It will happen soon!

Whole crew at Agnes Scott Falls

The most excited boy on our team, rocking the waterfall!

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