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On the Bucks County Wine Trail

Yesterday on one of the most perfectly beautiful Fall days so far, a group of us went on the Bucks County Wine Trail to have some fun.

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We started out at Rose Bank Winery.

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This was one of the many serve yourself wine tasting spots. This proved to be dangerous later in the day!

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Did I mention it was a perfect Fall day?

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Kevin rented a big van to take our big group around in. He was an amazing DD ! :)

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Mere was the Co-Pilot. She rocked her job too!

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Next up was Crossing Vineyards.

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This was actually a contender for our wedding reception location, but it ended up being a little too small for our needs. Beautiful space though.

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The vineyards were changing colors for Fall.

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Crossings Vineyards is actually one of my favorite wines from the area. They have lots of great choices and they taste amazing.

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The boys at the tasting.

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Me & Mere

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At this tasting we learned a new technique for tasting wines – the swishing method. You take the wine in the front of your mouth, lean forward and whistle backwards. This brings out all the flavors of the wine! It was fun to do too!

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Our tasting leader dressed up as Indiana Jones for Halloween! Very festive.

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Mere & Kev in love.

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All the girls getting their tasting on.

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Then it was time to stop for lunch.

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Kev was super sweet and packed a lunch for everyone. I had a turkey sandwich, it was delish!

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We enjoyed our lunch outside, taking in the Fall weather.

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With lunch there was a side of vino, obviously.

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Then I did a little frolicking in the vineyard.

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Here is our little tasting group.

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Then we made our way to New Hope Winery

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Lots of other wines to taste!

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Fiancé enjoyed the lovely wine selection.

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Our last stop of the day was at Buckingham Vineyards.

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Here is where all the wine started to catch up with me!

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Silliness ensued.

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Another all you can taste location.

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The place was pretty bumping for a late Saturday tasting.

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I want this shirt.

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And this mat.

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Me & Mere again. Wine lovers for life.

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It was an amazing afternoon with a fun group of people. We had a great time, but I was feeling all that wine on the way home!

I was glad I got to try out some new local wine though. An amazing day was had by all!

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What is your favorite local wine? Have you done a wine trail before? Where was it?

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Happy Halloween!

Last year Jackson went as a Banana and a Dinosaur for Halloween. The year before he want as a spider monster.

This year we had our sights set on a pretty stellar costume for Jackson, but time got away from us and it just didn’t happen, so I think we are saving it for next year (stay tuned!) – but we did manage to pick up another costume for Jackson this Halloween.

I give you Jackson the Turtle.

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Part of me wants to get a red bandana and put it around his head to make him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but that might be expecting a little too much from Jackson today.

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Dressing him up in costumes for Halloween is not his favorite thing to do, even though its one of mine! So we must compromise.

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I don’t know what I think is funnier, dressing a dog up as food or as another animal – both make me giggle!

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Depending on how you look at the costume he can either look like a frog, or like the turtle is eating him.

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I just think its so fun to dress Jackson up for Halloween!

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I also love the little turtle tail on the back.

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“Mom stop taking pictures of me, this is embarrassing!”

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He liked the ensemble better without the head.

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But either way, I think he was over it! At least I got a few pictures of him in his costume.

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Do you dress your pet up for Halloween?

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and the winner of the Panda Licorice Giveaway is:

Brie Fit

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Happy Halloween!

Last year Jackson went as a Banana and a Dinosaur for Halloween. The year before he want as a spider monster.

This year we had our sights set on a pretty stellar costume for Jackson, but time got away from us and it just didn’t happen, so I think we are saving it for next year (stay tuned!) – but we did manage to pick up another costume for Jackson this Halloween.

I give you Jackson the Turtle.

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Part of me wants to get a red bandana and put it around his head to make him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but that might be expecting a little too much from Jackson today.

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Dressing him up in costumes for Halloween is not his favorite thing to do, even though its one of mine! So we must compromise.

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I don’t know what I think is funnier, dressing a dog up as food or as another animal – both make me giggle!

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Depending on how you look at the costume he can either look like a frog, or like the turtle is eating him.

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I just think its so fun to dress Jackson up for Halloween!

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I also love the little turtle tail on the back.

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“Mom stop taking pictures of me, this is embarrassing!”

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He liked the ensemble better without the head.

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But either way, I think he was over it! At least I got a few pictures of him in his costume.

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Do you dress your pet up for Halloween?

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The winner of the Clif Cruch Giveaway is:

Training w/ a Track Coach and His Adorable Wife

and the winner of the Panda Licorice Giveaway is:

Brie Fit

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Congrats! Email me your information and I will have your prizes sent your way! Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for another awesome giveaway!

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Back to Back Taper Madness

This morning I set off on my last long training fun for the New York Marathon next weekend. I can’t believe it’s next weekend already. It feels like I just ran Chicago, even thought that was 19 days ago, it’s still very fresh in my mind!

Today I met up with Melissa for the run. She set out bright and early and was running her THIRD  20 miler as a part of her training plan for running her first marathon (the Philadelphia Marathon) in a few weeks. I met up with her for the last 8 miles.

If you can imagine, I am pretty sick of running on Kelly Drive by now. Lots of training runs on Kelly since May have taken its toll on me and I am always up for running ANYWHERE else these days.

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When I met up Melissa, she was just finishing up 12 miles on the Wissahickon Trail along Forbidden Drive. I love that route, but since she had just ran there we decided to check out the TowPath in Manayunk which extends from Kelly Drive in Center City all the way out to Valley Forge.

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Today we went 4 miles out and back along the TowPath and it was so nice to chance up the route and enjoy some new running scenery.

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It was also nice to run with a buddy, Melissa and I had an awesome time catching up with each other. Chatting with a friend always makes the miles fly by.

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This trail changed every mile! We went from pavement…

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to cobblestone….

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to off-road trails!

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It kept us entertained and kept us on our toes! It was a gorgeous morning and we had lots of beautiful Fall foliage surrounding us.

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We also ran alongside the Schuylkill River the entire time. Remember when I swam in that glorious water? Good times.

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It was a great run along a new route. Melissa and I caught up on all things with school, running, life and blogs.

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Anyone know what this stone formation means?

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I honestly can’t believe I will be running along marathon next week, let along the New York Marathon! How crazy is that?

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In terms of my marathon training for next week, I am beginning to get a little nervous. My body reacted well to running in Chicago, but I have been tight when running long distances since the race.

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My longest runs since the Marathon have been 11, 10 and 8 this week. I don’t want to overdo it or injure myself but I also don’t want to loose the training I have put in since November.

Back to back taper madness is making me crazy! Ha!

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All things considered it has been a wonderful few months of running and I am excited to tackle the challenge that awaits me in New York next weekend.

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Don’t forget to enter my Halloween giveaway of a Panda Licorice Prize pack! End Sunday!

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