Vacation Pics & Treadmill Week 80 & What I #amreading – Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (exception…at the end of the week where a book is highlighted, I will finish it off-treadmill so I can feature something new the next week)

Week 80: June 03, 2018 – June 09, 2018

Sunday  30:58 min/mile  49:07 min:sec  1.52 miles
Monday  44 min/mile (incorporates long pauses)  56:58 min:sec  1.29 miles
Tuesday  28:42 min/mile & 58:31 min/mile (toddler pace)  39:19 min:sec & 55:43 min:sec  1.36 miles & 0.92 miles
Wednesday  29:34 min/mile  27:39 min:sec  0.94 miles
Thursday  25:25 min/mile  1:45:59 hr:min:sec  4.17 miles
Friday  38:54 min/mile  31:10 min:sec  0.8 miles
Saturday  37:33 min/mile & 29:29 min/mile  35:27 min:sec & 16:22 min:sec  0.94 miles & 0.56 miles

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield – book 1) by Anna Butler

Yes, it’s the same book as last week. I’m on vacation, and only reading 30 minutes/day (separate from the walking) and want to finish this one before starting something else.


My favorite lines this week:

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿

Powell said nothing, but the pale hazel eyes studied Flynn. They reminded Flynn of the glass marbles he used to play with as a kid.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿

That grin decided it. Flynn was altogether too pretty as it was and that grin should have carried a health and safety warning.


How was I to know he was going to go all wronged village maiden on me? I wish he’d get over it.” Flynn shrugged his indifference.


As he passed Flynn, he got the big lopsided grin that he was coming to look forward to seeing. 

“You look like hell,” Flynn said, cheerfully.


Oh sure. At ease. One or two shifted in their seats and stared at the walls or ceiling. Flynn exchanged glances with Kelly, who chewed on her bottom lip. Even Powell’s expression lacked its usual hostility as he deliberately widened his eyes at Flynn, the closest they dared come to exasperated eye rolling.

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿

The old phrase about the condemned man eating a hearty breakfast crossed his mind, but he didn’t share it. Caedenwas quiet enough already, and there were soonly so many brooding looks Bennet could cope with before the day had barely even started.


Flynn glanced at the external monitors, watching the simulations running for a second or two, and wondered which one Powell was in. Pity it would be childish to kick the door as he passed.


Arcata Community Forest


Avenue of the Giants (Mostly driving with minimal hiking…time not recorded)

Humboldt State University Campus


Samoa Beach

Sequoia Park Zoo (Very small)




Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (& a non-walking stop at a beach on the way back.)


Humboldt Botanical Gardens (Small)


Samoa Beach & Downtown Eureka

2 thoughts on “Vacation Pics & Treadmill Week 80 & What I #amreading – Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler

  1. It looks like you’ve had a great time!! So many awesome pictures. The Shaw House Inn is beautiful. And yes, I’m juvenile, but “fartless corn bread” made me laugh out loud 🙂

    But I’m most in awe of those trees from Thursday. So huge, I can’t even imagine it. Bet they makes you feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things?! You look like a Lilliputian next to them 🙂

    Thanks for telling me about the pics. I would have gotten here eventually, but I’m happy I didn’t wait 🙂

    1. Thursday was my favorite outing. It was a nice long hike, and the trees were simply amazing. Some are more than a thousand years old, and they made me feel incredibly insignificant imagining how many people and other living things had also seen or touched those trees.

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