Days 323-324: As hurricane Isaac was tearing through the gulf coast, Mike and I made the best of our extended honeymoon and time in St. Thomas. We stayed at a hotel on the beach and took full advantage of their premium movie channels since the rain outside prevented us from playing. Whenever there were breaks in weather we would head outside and walk up and down the beach until the next set of storms blew in. These long walks became my workouts for the day and early Tuesday evening we started our 15 hour trek back to Denver.
Days 325-327: Numerous times on our trip Mike and I talked about how lucky we were to be living in a city that we could not wait to come home to. We have so many things here that we are grateful for that we spent lots of time reflecting on the lives we have created that we love so much.
We got home at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday and filled our first day back with loads of errands and checking out the progress on our house. Seriously, life is so jam-packed with exciting things right now that I am actually looking forward to a little down time when things slow down and we can settle into our new home and create more newlywed awesomeness.
Now, onto the working out commitment. I would not be considered human if there was not a time that I wanted to give up on working out. These past few days have definitely been just that. The wave of pre-wedding, wedding and honeymoon exhaustion came the second I got home and all I wanted to do was sleep. Mike gently coaxed me into my running shoes every day and I managed to run 30-45 minutes the last three days. Having him (officially) by my side for the rest of our lives is quite possibly the best feeling ever. It’s as though I have a new teammate that is constantly cheering for me and I for him. The dynamic of a marriage is something that we will continue to learn for a long time, until then, I am so happy that I have his gentle voice in my head everyday that says, “keep going.”
Day 320: Oweee, hurricane Isaac was fierce! Mike and I stayed inside all day and listened to the wind and rain. Our honeymoon villa is situated on the top of a mountain and provided for some great storm watching, also a bit scary when you’re unfamiliar with the surroundings. An hour of yoga flow helped and so did all of our attempts at getting in the hot tub.
Day 321: Mike and I had planned a four island tour on Wednesday and it was moved to Friday due to the weather conditions. With the phone and internet down, we were not sure if the boat trip was still going to go out. We waited at the dock in St. John until we saw a little boat pull-up. It was on! The trip organizers told us once we were too far away from land to change our minds that this was the “roughest seas they have ever gone out in.” YIKES. Thank goodness we do not get motion sick!
We hiked for 2 miles doing the Baths tour at Virgin Gorda, snorkeled near Tortola’s coast for a short while before jellyfish slowly scared everyone out of the water and ended our day playing in the ocean at John Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Mike and I loved every second of it (minus the jellyfish!) and ended up being thankful that the sun wasn’t out to add more heat to the day.
It also inspired me to start a new blog once we return home, more on that to come 🙂
Day 322: Yesterday morning Mike went scuba diving and I explored St. John some more. After his scubaing was done we decided to try out some of the only beaches we had not hit just on the island just yet. We ended up hiking over an hour to get these beautiful bays and rewarded ourselves with playing in the ocean and homemade PBJ’s.
Although the hurricane has passed us in the Virgin Islands, it is now sadly expected to hit the main US. We are hoping that it slows down and does not cause much damage. In the meantime, our flight was delayed four days and we are going to hop over to stay in St. Thomas for a change of scenery and sweats.
Until next time…
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