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Turtlehead Overlook

In news that should come as a surprise to no one, chasing after a toddler all day is mentally exhausting. There are so many good bits at this age – so much laughter, cool new skills, incredible cuteness – but after spending the entire day attempting to navigate the volatile emotional landscape of a small human and generally trying to keep her from killing herself, I inevitably end up on the couch, brain fried to a crisp, mindlessly watching television. Hence the lack of blogging lately. I want to change this! I like blogging! So here I am.

Anyway, back to Orcas Island. I woke up the morning after the race pretty sore and waddly, so we decided we should go for a hike to loosen up the ol’ legs a bit. But Nora was still sleeping. We got up and made breakfast, and she was still sleeping. We sat down and read and had coffee and admired the view from our rental house, and she was still sleeping. Until 9:45! That’s FIFTEEN HOURS! Apparently race day took a lot out of her, too.

Orcas Island 25K

At that point, we decided we might as well go have brunch first and hike afterwards, so we drove to Doe Bay Cafe and had our best restaurant-dining-with-small-child experience yet (except for the time we had pizza in Grado). I guess that’s what happens after you sleep for fifteen hours straight.

Orcas Island 25K

After stuffing ourselves full of delicious beans and vegetables, we drove to the other side of the island to hike to Turtlehead Overlook. Our habit of picking hikes based on the name alone (hi, Noble Knob!) paid off again, because this was an unexpected treat.

Turtlehead Overlook

The start of the hike was an unremarkable walk up an old road, but when we forked off into the woods, it was like we were walking in some sort of magical wonderland, gnomes and fairies hiding behind every moss-covered rock. Unfortunately Nora must be terrified of fairies, because she would not. stop. screaming. You can’t win ’em all. Luckily there was no one else on the trail.

Turtlehead Overlook

The overlook was gorgeous, a little piece of Ireland hidden away in the San Juans. Gorgeous. I can’t believe I had never heard about this hike before! We didn’t linger, due to the wind and the aforementioned screaming, but we have to go back there at some point. What a gem.

Turtlehead Overlook

Turtlehead Overlook

The next morning my legs were back to normal, which either means that the Turtlehead fairies worked some sort of sweet magic on me or that maybe I could have pushed myself much harder during the race after all. And Nora slept in again, for an excellent ending to our long weekend getaway.

Turtlehead Overlook | 5.7 miles | 1300 feet elevation gain –

Turtlehead Overlook

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  • Reply Marie Worthing February 17, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Fantastic!!! You can be really proud of yourself :) And yes, running around with a toddler is totally exhausting so don’t beat yourself up over it. Do what you can and enjoy what you are doing :)

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz February 18, 2016 at 11:59 am

      I kind of want to attach a fitbit or something to her to see how many steps she’s walking every day. She makes me feel lazy with her inability to sit still!

  • Reply Nicole Norman February 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    WOW, that hike looks AMAZING! I’m so jealous! And ditto on the brain-melting toddlers. I’m more exhausted at the end of a weekend day than I am at the end of a workday. Luckily they’re so darn cute.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz February 18, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Now I totally miss the leisurely days of babyhood! Hah.

  • Reply Misti February 18, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Sleeping in? I dream of that day! Lately it seems he’s been thinking about sleeping through the night with only one major wakeup but then if he wakes up around 5 or 5:30, I might as well forget it…we’re up for the day. I used to get him to go back to sleep.

    Ooh, and the screaming…have you encountered the different ones, the fake/attentiony ones? Those are realllly fun! LOL It’s hard to not think it is all hilarious but sometimes it really does try you.

    Looks like an awesome hike! I’ve got some hikes to review, too, but certainly nothing this majestic.

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz February 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

      She slept until 8:45 today! Now I just wish I were able to sleep in too. She’s never been a good napper, but her night sleep has been awesome ever since we decided to night wean (she was only waking up once a night, but I was never able to fall back asleep afterwards, so I was barely functioning at that point). I thought it would be awful, but she woke up, fussed for 30 minutes, not even crying, and then went back to sleep. And the next night, she slept through the night and much longer in the morning! It’s been great ever since…hopefully I didn’t just jinx that.

      And yes, the fake crying! Haha. It’s so easy to tell the difference, you can totally see it in her eyes!

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