This year was a very special 4th of July for me and my teammates! Being given the opportunity to put our sneakers into the soil of each state across the entire nation is an experience you will never forget. Seeing the purple covered mountain tops and wild horses grazing in the amber waves of grain truly makes you understand why it is called America the Beautiful! I have become a more patriotic person after seeing only half of the nation so far. We are so lucky to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!
On this day I dedicated my run to Elizabeth Cordier a wonderful woman who looks down on both her beautiful granddaughter and me every single day! She was on my mind the entire 145 mile journey into Boulder Colorado on the 4th of July!
Before we made it into boulder Colorado for the 4th of July we were in Rawlins Wyoming where we were able to get an up close and personal view of the one and only Rocky Mountains. (See pic below) One of our teammates is from California and he has never seen snow before! So after we completed our miles for that day we pulled over at one of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains and played in the snow covered mountain top! As a team we had a snow ball fight…which may have ended when we accidentally hit a car driving by… Oops, made snow angels and even built a tiny snow man all while wearing running shorts! It was quite the experience but we had to make our teammates first time in the snow memorable!
We also visited the castle at the highest point of the Rocky Mountains which was completely stunning and took my breath away!
Last night for the 4th of July, a teammates family generously donated a catered BBQ meal in a park for us, it was delicious! Afterwards, a few of my teammates and I climbed up to the top of a parking garage to watch the fireworks after getting Ben&Jerrys ice cream! The fireworks were beautiful with the mountains in the background. It was the perfect way to celebrate our nations independence!
Today is also a very special day because I am halfway across America! We have reached 2,000 miles and are at day 21 of 42! Getting closer everyone!!