Thursday, June 5, 2014

Outback in the Ozarks 2014

Wow. So the Outback in the Ozarks 200 mile relay race happened over a month ago! And I am just not getting to writing about it and posting a couple of pictures. That should tell you what kind of month I have been having--busy to say the least. (For more information about the race, which is AWESOME, check out their Facebook page)

Graham and I helped out with this race last year and had an absolute blast, and were happy to help out again. Despite the lack of sleep for 36+ hours, it is a great time! We got to spend two entire days together (a rarity at this point in our lives), drive around Northwest Arkansas and see all of the beautiful back roads, and we had the opportunity to meet so many great people! (Slight crazy people? Yes. But fun people nonetheless.)

I didn't remember until the middle of the night (so about 1/3 of the way through the race) that I had not taken any pictures! So I got out my camera and tried to take a few the next day.

That night though, I did take one picture. I would have taken a video, but I couldn't remember where the button was on my camera and I didn't want to take my eyes off of the scene at hand to turn on a light and focus on my camera. We were heading down one of the county roads that the race takes place on (notice in the picture...dirt roads) and two young deer jumped out in front of us. There were fences on both sides of the road and they zig-zagged between the two, bounding over the road back and forth. They couldn't decide on where they actually wanted to go. After pausing to look at each other and then staring at us, they turned and just started running down the road, directly in front of us. They probably did it for almost half a mile, and then jumped off into the trees. It was definitely a new experience for us! And fun to see the deer up close :)

Talk about some daredevil deer!

I remembered to take a couple of pictures as the sun was coming up. It was stunning! We were so lucky to be out and enjoying the weather and beautiful couple of days off of work. I wish now that I would have taken more pictures to document our journey, but I am happy with the few ones that I did take. I actually had Graham take this shot because the sun was rising on his side of the car.

How often do you see the sunrise? Especially with this view?!

After a long night, the light shined once more and we could see the end in sight. We had a great time exploring at the various state parks that we stopped at for exchange zones (such a unique opportunity for a race of this size), but sadly I only remembered to get my camera out once for a picture of us together.

Outside of Lake Fort Smith Park

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend! It was full of Krispy Kreme doughnuts as well--they were one of the sponsors for the race and so we got to munch on tasty doughnuts for two days straight. After all of those, I should have gotten out to run myself!

Since the race, (which happened on May 2-3 this year) life has been busy for both of us. Graham has been working multiple jobs (he is battling with three this week...but just one starting next week!) and it is a whirlwind for him. I'm just trying to keep up on all of the dishes and laundry that we go through. Annnd I do my fair share of lounging about as well. On Monday I stayed home sick from work and spent the entire day (after folding three loads of laundry from the weekend) just watching movies on Netflix. Good ones like Moses: Prince of Egypt and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And speaking of, I'm not sure how we missed it as kids...but that movie is dead depressing!

Alrighty. Enough of me for one night. I'm off to eat some icecream and watch some Harry Potter. I might as well while I have the time, right? I watched Prisoner of Azkaban on Monday as well. It can't be a true sick day without any Harry Potter! Not sure which one I'll watch tonight...

See? How can that NOT make you happy? It makes me happy, that's for sure. 

Good night all.

From Marissa, with love.