Looking Back: March

A coworker said to me the other day, "You know March; It goes in like a lamb and out like a lion." I asked him if it wasn't the other way around though and he was adamant that it came in mild and went out wild. So I let it be. In Oakland, March started very rainy and has ended full of sunshine and wildflowers, so however the saying goes, I am loving it.

Running: In March, I ran just shy of 200 miles (298) and climbed about 33,000 feet. My favorite run was a second go at the Rim to Rim to Rim, where I ran with friends from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the North Rim and back to the South Rim. It is hard to do it in one day am I was plumb tuckered out, but it was worth it!

You can see us in the middle -- we are tiny!

Heading toward the north rim.

Reading: In March, I read the following 7 books, including three from my own collection (bolded) and one borrowed one (italic)! I still have not paid for a book since 2014 when I started my "no book buying" challenge. It has been a lot easier than I thought it would. Thank goodness for the library! My favorite book was The Paris Architect, which is about a WWII architect who builds hiding places for Jewish people while also designing armament factories for the Germans. As always, it's interesting to learn more about that what went on during the war while also being entertained at the same time.

In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison (***)
Carry on Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed (***)
The Wonder (***)
The Namesake (***)
On Beauty (***)
Heart and Soul (***)
The Paris Architect (****)

Travel: Vegas, baby! For our Grand Canyon trip, we flew into Vegas, but it's not as exciting as it sounds. After a late arrival, we went to our room in Henderson, NV (apparently the retirement area of Vegas, who knew) and stayed out until past 11 pm in a smoky bar. It made me love California and our smoke free bars, that's for sure. The next day we made the drive to the South Rim where we scoped out the canyon from the rim. The next day we did R2R2R and then on Monday we drove back to Vegas and caught our flight, with a stop at the Hoover Dam of course!

I also met up with my Mom for a weekend in Auburn, where we ate and hiked and caught up on everyone's doings. She had a rough month in February, when there was a lot of rain and she was out of power and phones for quite some time and I had a broken water tank so had been taking showers at the gym or improvising. So it was nice to get a hotel room and relax a bit, even if it was just for one night! Plus we found two new breakfast places that we loved! (See 1 here + 2 here)

Have you ever been to Vegas, baby!? What is your favorite book that you have read so far this year? Where should I go for my vacation this year (I am open to any and all suggestions)?


  1. So did the weather cooperate for R2R2R? I know you were worried about rain and trails that weren't passable? That picture is gorgeous! I have not been to the Grand Canyon yet but I need to get there!

    In Minnesota, March can come in like a lamb and out like a lion, or vice versa. This year we didn't get a crazy snow storm at the end,but it was unseasonably cold. I wore my puffy winter jacket for the final week of the year so it wasn't exactly 'lamb' weather which I characterize as warm and sunny. So maybe it was baby lion weather as it wasn't full on crappy.

    The best book I've read this year is "When Breath Becomes Air". I can't remember if you've read it but if you haven't, you should. It was so beautifully written.

    It's tough to come up with a vacation recommendations for you because you've been EVERYWHERE!! I haven't been anywhere you haven't been!

  2. All I've done is change planes in the Vegas airport, but that was enough for me. When I knock nevada off of the 50 state list I plan to fly into vegas, visit the hoover dam & west rim of the grand canyon on that trip. never cared much about gambling.

  3. What an amazing run?! Yeah you are right...the saying is "Comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" There is a children's book about it! Here in New England the weather in March...and now April can best be described as just confused! Lol!

  4. So I thought that it went if it comes in like a lamb it WILL go out like a lion, or vice versa. Where I live it came in like a lion but went out like a lamb, which in hindsight I am grateful for as snow on April 1 would not have been fun!

    Looking forward to seeing you and catching up in person in 6 weeks!!! I will tell you all about our Iceland trip then, I think that would be a pretty great trip for you this year. Seems like a place that is right up your alley!

  5. Oh, that sounds like a good month, Kyra! I haven't been to Vegas since 2015 but it's always a good starting point for more adventures.

    My favorite book so far was "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.

  6. It looks so beautiful and amazing post you shared with us. thanks


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