DSC_2015Our 4th ended with a beautiful spot in the backyard of a neighbor, who opens up his place and his extensive docks to hundreds of people who grill, hang out, and catch up.  Kids run in and out of the hot tub, and a huge fireworks display is shot off a local’s dredge while a band plays the Star Spangled Banner.  It is a truly country feeling celebration in this quirky little neighborhood.

The end was welcome, because the beginning of our day looked like this.

DSC_1787 DSC_1745 DSC_1467 DSC_2010 DSC_1321 DSC_1994 DSC_1950 DSC_1847Hubs-to-Be and my good friend Carmela took on the GoRuck Light challenge.  I don’t really understand what was light about this.  Six hours of hiking through the city to various muddy and mucky spots to engage in PT sessions, all with a ruck filled with 4 bricks while an Army Special Ops dude with a very close crew cut makes various soul-crushing comments about your lack-luster performance.

And they were smiling the whole time.

Carm did this to see what she was made of, and her friends and family did it with her because they already knew.  It was an awesome day, and I could not have been more proud of my girl or my hubs. Grace got to see what real perseverance, teamwork, and guts look like, and I got some awesome pictures.

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