Every year, I still get together with a group of my best friends from college and this year, our destination was Novato, CA at our friend Katie’s home!
It was a weekend packed with:
Friday: A trip to Berkeley to see my professor John Hurst (this is an older picture of him, when we went canoeing together, he is one of the most inspirational people I will ever meet):
After lunch at the Homemade Cafe in Berkeley, Marisa and I headed to Novato where we met up with Katie and Bree…never ones to miss a workout, we managed to get in an awesome 4.5 mile run across the street from Katie’s house, which runs directly into a trail–it’s gorgeous! Here’s one of the beautiful views we had:
And we had to take “selfies” too:
We had a BBQ and waited for everyone to arrive, chatted, and then went to bed on the early side…because we knew we’d have a BIG day on Saturday.
Saturday: Consisted of the most activities that I have done in one day, in a long, long, long time. We started with going to Katie’s Crossfit gym (where we proceeded to “lift weights really really fast” (Jennie’s words), along with too many push-ups, squats, etc. to count. My least favorite was the 400 meter run while holding the medicine ball–I seriously don’t think I’ve been that exhausted before! Well maybe–but I was really huffing and puffing. I can’t even imagine what running pregnant would feel like! I was super impressed by everyone’s ability to do crazy things–obviously Katie’s insane strength, along with everyone else’s ability to keep up with the rest of the class and even attempt the rope climb that looked terrifying enough for me that I just chose to do the burpees (push-up, jump combo) instead. We left Crossfit after about an hour (but felt like much longer) towards home, ate a giant breakfast, and then headed towards the trailhead at Mt. Burdell. We ran and hiked to the top, and of course had to get a few fun shots while we were running:
Bree, Robin, Jennie, Kelly, Popo, Sneaky
After our run, we made it back to the Rolling Hills Country club for a little relaxation and some spectacular diving board moments, brought to you by Robin:
Once we had enough sun, we headed back to Katie’s to make some dinner, shower up, and get ready for our big bachelorette night out! We had 3 brides (Megan, Katie, Robin), so we had to dress accordingly (in our traditional What the F&%$? attire), here are some choice shots from the night:
The night was made even better when we had a couple visitors show up, my amazing coach and good friend JD:
And Steve Sexton, past president of Cal Tri and also good friend of mine (we had to recreate a picture that we had taken in college):
Although Novato isn’t the normal choice that most people would choose to have their bachelorette parties, with the group we had, it felt like the old days and we could have been anywhere and had just as much fun!
After heading home after the bars closed, we reflected on the whole Saturday and all thought–wow. We packed in a LOT of things to do that day. 🙂 Only with the Cal Tri Hotties would we have been able to accomplish so much!
Sunday: After a “lazy” morning, we headed to Berkeley to meet our other friend LLPC and her two beautiful children! We walked a bit around Berkeley and the campus, reminiscing about all of the good times that we had while we all lived there…
And of course we had to take a picture at Sather Gate:
Then, we all had to say our goodbyes (after eating lunch at Smart Alec’s and some of their memorable cornbread), and just have to say that I left the weekend feeling so, so, so happy to have seen everyone, so grateful to have friends like them in my life, and really nostalgic for our time together when we all lived in the same city. Cal Tri was one of the best things that has ever happened to me…you don’t make friends like them every day, and I am thankful and so appreciative that I am still able to see them from time to time.
Like Popo says, imagine the shenanigans we’d still get ourselves into if we still lived in the same state together! 🙂