Big Bear Triathlon…..conquer the Poconos!

Elizabeth — My darling girl–this post is for you!  You started our summer 2014 season off with a Bang!  Oh my goodness….the enthusiasm, dedication and energy around this event made memory moments.  We are so proud of you!  You’ve got skin in the game and there is nothing like it.  You make your life and ours so worthwhile! Thank you!

On our way to Leighton, Pennsylvania…to cheer for our daughter Elizabeth who is running her (our) first triathlon as a member of the the DC Tri Club.


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Day of….the hotel parking lot by 5:30 am


Off to the races…


Take me out to the ball game, Take me out to the crowd…..


Get Ready…….


Get set…..




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Transition to Biking….

And it’s root..root..root for the home team…..


This could not happen without all of the volunteers…….thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Last leg…..

Congratulations on your Sweet Success!


What next?

Welcome to the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

On Sunday, June 1, the world’s top athletes will take over the streets and bay waters of San Francisco, California to compete in one of the most prestigious triathlons in the world – the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Sending triathletes on a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, an 18 mile bike ride through the Presidio and an eight mile trail run through Golden Gate Park, this high profile athletic event showcases the beauty of San Francisco. This world renowned triathlon, in which only 2,000 triathletes and relay teams can participate sells out within hours of the registration opening every year. 

 Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014

Set over the UK bank holiday weekend (23/24 August 2014), the racing will take place in the spectacular and historic town of Chantilly, just a 2.5hrs drive from Calais and 40 miles north of Paris. 

 ….. Chantilly provides a fantastic and challenging race, with the 2.5km Grand Canal overlooked by the Château and its gardens hosting the open-water swim. Triathletes will transition within the Terrasse des Connétables and set off into a fast 20km or 40km cycle circuit around the Forêt de Chantilly. After entering T2, competitors will run the surrounding woodlands and Chateau gardens finishing within sight of the beautiful Chateau.

Mackinac Island – Pre Memorial Day Holiday……. Perfect!

A Taste of of our favorite things!

We are so fortune for family…. fun, warm, giving, happy family….

Not to mention that they have Mackinac Island and the the Grand Hotel, all figured out.

As a child, (child ?) did you ever secretly dip your finger into the icing on the cake for a little taste test?   Our warm-up (already into the icing on the cake) for our maiden voyage stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, was getting ourselves to our (one of our, so as to not hurt anyone’s feelings) cousins’ house, Renea and Brian Butler’s home in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.


I wish I could capture the vision of their blanket of myrtle…

The excitement of the approach….on to Mackinac Island


Did you know….

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The Upper Peninsula contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Residents are frequently called Yoopers (derived from “U.P.-ers”) and have a strong regional identity. Large numbers of FinnishSwedishCornish, and Italian immigrants came to the Upper Peninsula, especially the Keweenaw Peninsula, to work in the area’s mines. The peninsula includes the only counties in the United States where aplurality of residents claim Finnish ancestry.[1]

Ordered by size, the peninsula’s largest cities are MarquetteSault Ste. MarieEscanabaMenomineeHoughton, and Iron Mountain. The land and climate are not very suitable for agriculture because of the long harsh winters. The economy has been based on logging, mining, and tourism. Most mines have closed since the “golden age” from 1890 to 1920. The land is heavily forested and logging remains a major industry.




First peak at our destination!


Mackinac Island (/ˈmækɨnɔː/ mak-in-aw) is an island and resort area, covering 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.[5] The island was home to a Native American settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position amidst the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade. This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was the site of two battles during the War of 1812.[6]

In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel; its fudge; and its ban on almost all motor vehicles. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.[7],-Grand-Hotel-28537---Version-2

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Such geraniums! It does not become us poor mortals to be vain—but, really, my geraniums! (Mary Mitford, Our Village)



The Grand……Grand Hotel!


The Grand Hotel is well known for a number of notable visitors, including five U.S. presidents, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain.

Grand Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation[7]

In 1886, the Michigan Central RailroadGrand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company formed the Mackinac Island Hotel Company. The group purchased the land on which the hotel was built and construction began, based upon the design by Detroit architects Mason and Rice. When it opened the following year, the hotel was advertised to ChicagoErieMontreal and Detroit residents as a summer retreat for vacationers who arrived by lake steamer and by rail from across the continent. At its opening, nightly rates at the hotel ranged from US$3 to US$5 a night.

[9]Grand Hotel’s front porch is purportedly the longest in the world at some 660 feet (200 m) in length, overlooking a vast Tea Garden and the resort-scale Esther Williams swimming pool. These areas are often used by guests on a casual family vacation, for large conventions, or concerts during the hotel’s annual Labor Day Jazz Festival. The hotel has drawn some criticism for its charging a $10 fee for non-guests to enter the building and enjoy the view from the famous porch.[10]

Five U.S. Presidents have visited: Harry TrumanJohn F. KennedyGerald Ford (raised in Michigan), George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

The hotel also hosted the first public demonstration of Thomas Edison‘s phonograph on the porch and regular demonstrations of other new inventions were often conducted during Edison’s frequent stays. Mark Twain also made this a regular location on his speaking tours in the midwest.[11

The Town…..walking and wining and dining….


Oh the neighborhood….

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And it’s over …way to soon…Early morning departure…

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