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One Day

Last week, in honor of her third wedding anniversary, Amanda wrote a post about the one day she would want to relive with her husband, David. “We have done so many amazing things in the 8 years we’ve been together and now the 3 that we have been married,” she wrote. “I wondered what day would I do all over again if I had the chance.”

That night, as Brent and I drove down the Pennsylvania Turnpike for our three-peak adventure (Brent assures me that he’s almost done the recap), we contemplated what our “one day” would be.

After several exits deep in thought, we realized that we while we have had incredible moments throughout our relationship, we couldn’t remember everything that happened on either end of those moments well enough to pick a single full day.

Instead, we decided to create our “one day” out of these individual parts.

Our day would begin in Garmisch, a small gingerbread house town on the southern end of Germany’s Bavaria region.

We would awake at 3:30 AM, pull on our headlamps, and set off running through town en route to the trails that would take us on a 15-mile adventure to the summit of Mount Zugspitze, the 10,000 foot peak on the Germany-Austria border.

We would hike through the morning, eating chocolate and cheese for breakfast and watching the sun rise as we made our way into the clouds.

After riding the cable car down from the summit and taking in the views of Eibsee Lake…

…we would make a quick pitstop at a Berlin street corner for the best Schwarma and Falafel outside of the Middle East.  We’d walk as we ate, wandering past the Berlin Wall…

…and then head to Salzburg, Austria for a Sound of Music Bike Tour.  We’d do-re-mi our way through the city, separating fact from fiction and contemplating a whirl around the I-Am-Sixteen-Going-on-Seventeen gazebo.

From there, we’d pause briefly for radler and dunkelweisen at a small Munich monastery-turned-beerhall.

Not the monastery beer hall - but another one of the many beer halls that pepper the streets of Munich.

And then it would be off to Florence, for dinner at Acqua al’ Due and dessert at the Vivoli Gelateria.  (We have no pictures of this, but it was the one nicer restaurant we went to on our Italian honeymoon.  Half a dozen friends had recommended it before we left, and it far exceeded any expectations.)

We’d follow dessert with a night time stroll through Rome…

…and then fall asleep in our tiny cabin at the base of Ecuador’s Cotapaxi Volcano.

What about you?  If you could create one perfect day out of all your individual moments, what would it look like?


13 responses to “One Day

  1. Mallory April 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

    What a great post! Sounds like the two of you have had many great adventures together!!! I loved all the pictures! What fun. I don’t think I can come up with a day so quickly… perhaps I will think about it and then do a post like that as well.

  2. Kari w/ Jogging with Fiction April 7, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I’ll meet you guys in salzburg for the som tour! I did it when I was in college and it’s so much fun!
    Loving all the pictures!

  3. Emily April 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

    you guys are SO cute!!!

    and to answer your questions: yes, the rocketship reads the blog. he loves being on it. and yes! he’s coming to philly to run the half!

  4. Denise April 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    what a PERFECT day!!! and that beer is bigger than you!! i’m not sure what day i would relive, i gotta really think about this one!

  5. Anne April 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Wow! Just Wow!

  6. Marlene April 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    What a day that would be! You and your hubby have had some amazing adventures! Many more to come, I’m sure.

    EXCITING news about Philly!

  7. Shelly April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What a great post!

    To have all those “moments” to draw from is an amazing thing. If I teach my children anything it will be to live their lives to the fullest NOW. There is never a good time to do things or spend the money. I don’t want them to wait (like I did) to get out and go after the things that really make them happy…and to find someone to share it with who is made happy by doing those same things with them.

  8. Kim (Book Worm Runs) April 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, totally amazing Abby!! 🙂 You guys have been on some aweosme adventures and I know they aren’t even close to being done!! 🙂 Such a great post!! 🙂

  9. Angela Kidd April 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    That’s a pretty amazing day. Now I’m wondering what our day would look like….

  10. the dawn April 9, 2011 at 1:09 am

    wow, that is a LOT to fit into one day. super impressive 🙂

  11. Black Knight April 9, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Great post about many beautiful places to visit; among them I only miss the Ecuador.
    HB…you were in the Hofbrau (Munich) near Marienplatz.

    • Abby April 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      We were at the Hafbrauhaus in Munich. It was our first night there, and everyone said we had to go. It was fun enough, but we both liked many of the other beerhalls more. Less touristy, more kitch. The best was on the one in Garmisch, with the lederhosen-wearing accordion-playing Elvis-singing performer.

  12. Natalie April 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    so cute, I love this idea.

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