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Aimee Newsom  -ambassador @newtonrunning -admission officer-to-be at @nolsedu -moving to Lander, WY after 6yrs of endless summer ❄️ WINTER IS COMING ❄️

Rob and I are thankful for the years we've spent here in #texas. We've loved our church, our friends, and the opportunity to be part of The Woodlands community...which means it's both bittersweet and exciting to make plans for our newest adventure.
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I've accepted a job with @nolsedu and we're moving to Lander, Wyoming! It's a town of about 8,000 people at the base of the Wind River mountain range, about 2 hours southeast of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. We're thrilled, nervous, and hopeful all at once! And we trust that God always goes before us and will be with us through the challenges of moving and adjusting. (I'm pretty sure all the hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, trail running, and fly fishing will help us make the "adjustment," too...) 😊
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Houston friends! Let's hang out! Rob will still be here working on some rental property remodeling projects for a few more months, but Dunkin and I will make the move around August 5th and I'd love to see as many folks as possible.
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#moving #adventure #lander #wyoming #getoutside #mountainlife #mountains #careerchange #explore #marriedlife

Six years of marriage? Piece of cake! 😁 We celebrated our anniversary in Houston yesterday with drinks at @woostersgarden and a massive slice of Uncle Darryl's cake from The Chocolate Bar.
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You know God has given you your ideal life partner when you can live in an 80sqft van for over two months and fall even more in love with eachother... 😍 Plenty of adventures to come with this amazing man!

"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." -John Muir
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Happy (belated) 4th of July! I took John Muir's advice and escaped into the hills to celebrate. A 12-mile hike and climbing to a pass just over 13,000ft definitely scratched the itch I often have to ignore in Texas. I *love* being tired, sweaty, dusty and alive in the mountains!
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Turquoise lakes, wildflowers, winding climbs, marmots, massive views, hot sun, frigid wind...this daytrip had it all. Much as I would have loved Rob to see it all with me, I'm thankful that we both have opportunities to do what we love this week. Plus, when you've spent 7 days adventuring apart, it means there will be lots more stories to share on the 18-hour drive back to TX!
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Next stop: Moab, UT
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Kicking off my solo week in style! The drive up to Alta Lakes is steep and rough but well worth the bumps. Plus, I got to practice backing up and down mountain roads...in a cargo van, with no rear windows...every time I encountered another vehicle (skill building!) All that white-knuckle driving was rewarded with a gorgeous camp spot and tons of trails to explore at 11,000ft.
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Running has been *tough* this week. My heart rate is through the roof, even at slower paces, and my unused-at-sea-level muscles are sore from all the climbing/descending. Every hill conquered and mile completed feels like a mini-victory, though. And those views... 😍 Will run for scenic overlooks!
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And they're off! We all rode the gondola together this morning, but the guys took off toward Moab and I caught the See Forever trail for a high-alpine run. Enjoyed spectacular views, grueling climbs, and a tough descent back to town (followed by 2 shake-out road miles and an icy dunk in the river for recovery) ❄️😬❄️
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Despite not "technically" being trail shoes, my @newtonrunning Fates held their own on some pretty rocky terrain today - I was pleasantly surprised (but not at all shocked. These shoes do everything!) Lots more miles to come this week...
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After 2 months without her Dane, no self-respecting Great Dane mom could pass this guy up without a photo 😋
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Telluride is beautiful! Rob is setting out from here for a 7-day, +200mi hut-to-hut mountain bike trip with friends tomorrow. I'm super excited to explore the area for a week before I head to Utah to pick him up. The San Juans are a gorgeous mountain range, and I fully intend on running myself silly in them (while breathing like a freight train at 8,500ft!) 🚂🏔️🚂
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There are so many trails, it's almost overwhelming to try and pick which ones to try. I got some great local advice from the folks at @boxcanyonbicycles, and Rob got plenty of last-minute gear for his ride...so we're good to go on our respective adventures! Kind of weird to be going solo this week, but it'll give us plenty of new stories to tell eachother on the drive back to Texas!
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#mountainlife #vanlife #sprintervan #sprintervanlife #telluride #explore #colorado #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #runner #marathontraining #justrun #greatdanesofinstagram

I haven't seen my #greatdane in nearly 2 months! We decided it would be best to leave him at home for this trip, since we knew we'd spend the bulk of our days riding/running (and he's more of a "sleep on the couch all day" kind of dog...we just didn't feel comfortable leaving him alone in the van that much, despite his love of #vanlife)
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We have an amazing friend @tryitallonce who offered to watch Dunkin while we were traveling the #transamericatrail. I definitely miss my goofy pup, but it's *so good* to know that he's with such a fantastic dog-mom while we're away!
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I've been able to get my dog fix this week by taking our friends' dog out for walks and runs. Layla is a sprightly 9-year-old husky mix who's kept me on pace up all the hills here in Seattle. Love having a running buddy to keep me company! But honestly, I can't wait to get back to my giant, lazy lap dog in July... ❤️🐄❤️
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Alive and well in the #pacificnorthwest! We spent several days resting in Bend, OR before setting out to see the areas around Mt Hood and Mt Saint Helens. If it looks like all we're doing these days is camping in gorgeous spots and exploring pristine forests...that's because it's true 😊 No complaints!
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"Solitude need not be loneliness: it can also be the cure of loneliness. It is not a matter of 'learning to live without others,' but rather of learning to live with nature and others, not outshouting them with our insistent presence, but being instead ready to see and hear, in love and respect. It is when we stop speaking that we begin to hear; when we stop staring, things emerge before our eyes; when we stop insisting on our explanations, we can begin to understand." -Erazim Kohak, The Embers and the Stars
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#nature #adventure #solitude #love #marriage #wordstoliveby #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #quotestagram #erazimkohak #livewell #peace #mountainlife #idaho #landscape #sunset #nomadic #getoutside #biketouring #runtouring #explore #homeiswhereyouparkit #vanlife

State number 9 on the #transamericatrail! We haven't had wonderful weather in Montana the past few days, but @draughtworks beer and good company in Missoula more than made up for all the rain (thanks, @nanny_mcnettie!) ❤️
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Idaho proved to be a bit more dry this afternoon, thankfully. The last time we were here was as newlyweds in 2012 - we spent our honeymoon in the mountains at a secluded little A-frame cabin on a lake just outside Salmon. Idaho is just as mountainous and beautiful as I remember - it's kind of a shame that we're almost to Oregon already!
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Last time Rob and I were in this area, we spent 7 self-supported days on fully-loaded bikes, cruising the passes and backroads of the Big Hole Valley. It was my first experience with touring - lots of ups and downs, but a great time overall.
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When we rolled into Jackson MT last night (this time as one unloaded cyclist and one van-driving runner) a few things had changed in town over the past 8 years...but not much. We had a great evening of beer-drinking and chatting with the owner of the local cyclist-friendly hotel. He let us pop the top and park our van out front, plus use his showers/bathroom inside for a *very* reasonable rate. The local beers were inexpensive too!
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Rob took off toward Missoula on his bike this morning and I set out for my 8 miles of uphill gravel. Loving Montana!
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This is one of my *favorite* places in Montana. Rob and I hadn't been to @norrishotsprings since 2010, so we couldn't resist the 16mi detour north after his ride/my run from West Yellowstone. Amazing, as always!
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A lot of natural hot springs smell like sulpher, but not this one. It's clean and scenic and always the perfect temperature for relaxing with a local beer in hand (and maybe a pizza & burger by the side of the pool, too. I'm officially addicted to the Salmon Fly Honey Rye from Madison River Brewing...) They grow tons of their own produce, lots of the meat is local, AND it's ridiculously inexpensive to get in. We met some interesting people, watched the afternoon's storm give way to a golden sunset, then slept like stones in the camping area next door. #bliss
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I'll try not to gush too much about Montana as we pass through this week, but no guarantees. I absolutely loved living in the #bigskystate ❤️🏔️❤️
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