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I Think My Bathroom Scale is Broken


Over the course of our our eleven day holiday I missed three days of running. The most common reason for a missed run over the past few years is early morning travel. I am a morning runner and find it very difficult to do a run once the days activities are set in motion.

We traveled to Portland, Oregon, Juneau, Haines and Skagway in Alaska, then Whitehorse, followed by a half day visit to Vancouver.

Missed Day #1 – We had to leave our home at 6 a.m. to catch our flight to Portland. Missed Day #2 In Haines, Alaska, we left our motel at 5:30 a.m. to catch a fast-ferry to Skagway.  Missed Day #3 A 6:00 a.m. departure from our lodgings in Whitehorse to catch our Vancouver flight.

Blue Heron, Juneau

I’ve described our run in Portland and here are photos from the run that followed in Juneau.  Spotted on the run were these four blue heron, the only heron seen on this trip.  On my last trip to Juneau, I was staying at a lodge quite a way out of the city and I saw a bald eagle and twice, a pod of orcas.  No such luck this time.

Those sightings took place in early spring, when bears were not as active and probably hibernating, or so I told myself. I would not have ventured out on the roads in that quieter area of Juneau otherwise.

This  Juneau run was 2.5 miles through the main street of town, through a souvenir store and along the waterfront. I ran through a gauntlet of large ravens which would definitely scare off anyone with ornithophobia.

Ravens to the right, ravens to the left.

A Waterfront Stretch in Juneau

This first morning in Juneau was much enjoyed as our late evening arrival in Juneau introduced us to the rough edges of the city that appear once the cruise ships depart. There is urban sprawl in Juneau and the downtown has suffered in that it caters almost exclusively to tourists in the day and seems a bit like a deserted and rundown, Disneyland set in the later evening. In the early morning, locals heading off to work abound and chit chat in the local coffee shop was congenial and lively.

I was motivated to do a short run in anticipation of brunch at my brother’s favourite Juneau breakfast place, The Sandpiper.

My breakfast of corn beef hash and poached eggs was tasty although was quite far off the scrumptious version dished out by Kenny and Zuke’s in Portland which at $11.45 was $2.50 cheaper than the Sandpiper’s version. Alaska can be fairly pricey.  Portland’s version of corn beef hash is to Alaska’s, as king crab is to non-king-crab. Read the review, “Can the Jewish Deli be Reformed?” from the NY Times.

Portlandia Corned Beef Hash $11.45

Alaskan Corned Beef & Hash $13.95

Corn beef hash, Alaskan style $13.95

Scrumptious and leisurely breakfasts are one of the best parts of vacationing. On our last day in Portland I ordered corn beef hash and cheese blintzes.  Yes, I confess that with minimal worries about weight gain, I am a bit of a piglet.  Although, I’m still tending towards the broken-scale theory as I can’t figure out how I gained five pounds on our fairly active vacation.

Cheese Blintzes a breakfast dessert

74 thoughts on “I Think My Bathroom Scale is Broken

  1. What wonderful photos. Sounds like a great trip. And those breakfasts look worth the price. Wow!

  2. I also am a morning runner. I just can’t get motivated to go at night. But I enjoy getting out there early and hearing the morning sounds before too many people are out and about. However, I usually don’t go running during vaction. Good for you!

    • I always run while on vacation but don’t “train” hard. It is not fair to one’s family and/or traveling companions. Like you part of the a.m. appeal is the reduced pedestrian traffic and quiet.

    • I run less while on vacation, just because there is so much to do. Also, because of all the walking. I find it much easier to run at 5 a.m. than 5 p.m.

      Thanks for visiting my blog,


  3. I know that that Portlandia Corned Beef Hash is basically a heart attack on a plate, but it is still making me drool…

    Thanks for sharing your photos and story! And Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Thank you for those words. I think of my blog as being semi-private so it was a bit of a shock to get so many hits. Thankfully, heart disease does not run in my family.

    • Thanks for the congrats. The Freshly Pressed accolade was a great surprise. Although, now I can barely make out the tiny line of my daily stats now that the big surge of hits is over.


  4. This post is totally unfair — because that corned beef hash looks spectacular!

    (and light…)


    • Both the blintzes and the corn beef hash were indeed spectacular. Can’t think of anything I’ve had in the past few years to rival these two.

      Thanks for visiting my blog,


  5. Yep, the scales broke 😉 Your Alaska photos, specifically with the ravens, are lovely. Makes my heart wander.

  6. I have never had corned beef hash… now all I can think of is I want corned beef hash…lol. Seriously stunning scenery over there!

  7. may i get a little piece of dessert…

  8. Forget the hash, I want the blintzes. I have that problem with my scale as well. My clothes fit better but the number remains the same.

  9. Your bathroom scale is NOT Broken. You retain water when traveling, especially flying. The weight gain will come right off. Congrats on being FP!

    • Thanks for your comment. The weight has come off now that I am back to my regular exercise routine and limiting my intake of refined sugar. Although, I have made a blueberry pie and a lemon pie since returning home.


  10. Great photos! Though not a runner, I too need to workout in the morning, if I’m to exercise at all. Once the day gets going, it’s too late for me. Thanks for sharing your travel with us and congrats on freshly pressed!

    • Thanks for your kind words. Mornings are quiet on the roads and sidewalks and there are fewer distractions to keep you from getting out the door.



  11. Portland is the best! A foodie town with great scenery. What’s not to love?

    • My brother insisted I visit and said he would give me my money back if I didn’t like it. He also alerted me to a Hotwire special at THE NINES, which is another story in itself. Loved the place.



  12. I agree that cheese blintzes make great breakfast dessert as a follow-up to that corned beef hash. I’m feeling so famished and I just ate. Glad I found your blog. 🙂

  13. Mm those blintzes look delicious! Congrats on being on Freshly Pressed!

  14. Im another morning runner here. If it’ not in the morning, it doesn’t get done. Great trip and photos. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

    • Being a morning person and morning runner makes for very productive days I find. Although I really run out of steam in the evening. Thanks for your kind words.


  15. story about an interesting morning, thank you to share stories

  16. MMMmmmm that looks lovely! I enjoyed the photos too!

  17. As a runner myself I can so relate to your post today. I need to run every day otherwise my scales breaks.

    Great writing and great photos. Congrats on being Freshly hashed (as in Corn Beef) oops, I mean Freshly Pressed.



  18. throw it away. ditch the scale. it’s been a single source of misery for me for years, and when i got rid of it, my life got significantly less stressful.

    • When I was young, I got teased often for being very skinny. I used to cringe when the expression “so thin, she dissappears sideways” was used. That was me. Which is why gaining weight is a surprising thing. Of course, running just about every day of my life for the past 30 years helps too but I know running is not for everyone and I do feel luck that I was born to run.

  19. Beautiful scenery and I think the scale will be back in line soon. Nice that you’ve been pressed!

  20. The view is amazing, I think even I would drag myself out of bed to go running if I could see that every morning! (;

  21. Mmmm, breakfast dessert?! Count me in!

  22. Mouthwatering photos…I’m jealous. Point of correction – I’m VERY jealous 🙂

    Congrats on getting F’Ped

  23. Juneau photo look breath taking and so does the food entree. I am sure the scale have broken or you might be retaining water. Nevertheless know that you had a great vacation and enjoyed it. The pounds if it is accurate will come off in no time.

  24. I am a runner, and I am glad to see that others are as obsessive with running during travel/vacation as I am! Thanks for the post.

    • It helps that my husband is a runner too. Otherwise, I think it might be a bit tricky to fit in as I would not want to hold up the day for others. Although, I often travel with a flashlight so I can rouse myself early, and get out the door before others wake up. Sadly, my husband has really had to cut back on his running because of a torn meniscus. We are no longer able to share long, adventurous tourist runs.

  25. reading this blog makes me hungry lol.

  26. AM workouts are the best…the only quiet moments of my day occur during my AM workouts. Your scale must be broken… (= Those Cheese Blintzes look devine… I think I’ve got my menu for breakfast this weekend, thanks!

  27. Super jealous about your awesome meal plan, and also super nostalgic from your pictures! I grew up in Juneau and now live in the Midwest, but I can still tell exactly where on the wharf you were when you snapped those shots. =) We used to hang out there and watch the big luxury cruise ships come in and out. Also love that you got the ravens – those used to hang out on the roof of our house when I was younger, and the sound of the walking around up there is pretty intimidating. Sounds like a great trip!

    • Thank you for your comments and memories. In the quiet of one evening we came upon a young couple on the boardwalk who were practicing an elaborate dance routine. It was a very sweet sight.

  28. The food looks so good just like the views of Juneau. congrats.

  29. Sometimes vacation gives you a reason to take a little break from running….and in turn makes for better running after the vacation fun. I tried to keep up my running during a cruise to the Bahamas, only to find out that it’s not about the quantity of running, it’s about the quality of running! Running around in a circle is NOT fun. Maybe I should have planned better? Who knows! lol.

  30. Hey Lynn,

    Way to go, I know chefs who don’t eat as good. Especially when staying healthy.

    My favorite is the
    Cheese Blintzes a breakfast dessert

  31. By my definition, that is a sumptuous breakfast!

  32. juneau looks like a beautiful place, and the food looked delicious

  33. Wonderful photo and the breakfast look delicious don’t worry about
    the weight with your activities you will soon lose it

  34. We have been considering a cruise, trying to choose a place to go but I am afraid that I will gain a massive amount of weight even if I use the treadmill on the ship. Any tips besides not eating?

    • You can take a ferry from Seattle or Vancouver and travel Alaska at your own pace. I think it is quite a bit cheaper. Some folks we met who were on a cruise were surprised to find out that it only cost us $37 each to travel on the ferry from Juneau to Haines. You don’t get as much chance to sample local cuisine and it seems that people have to be back to the ship for around 9 p.m. I think it must be a bit stressful to be worrying about missing your boat every day. Especially when you are enjoying such beautiful sights and trying to relax.

      My main tip is to exercise every day when you can, then when you gain weight on vacation you know that once you get back to your usual routine, you will get back to your usual weight. I run most every day and lately, for the last three years my average mileage per week is about 45 miles. Which, is actually a lot less than what I used to run.

      Check out the schedules of the Alaska Marine Highway. If you are planning to take your car, you really have to book far in advance.

      Thanks for checking out my blog.

  35. I love the photos….now I wanna go for a run!

  36. i love running but due to some injury i have not been able to run for a month now. Loved reading about your vacation and has inspired me to take few days off from work.

  37. This place looks so beautiful, and now I’m getting hungry from looking at the pictures of the food… Ha ha. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  38. I’m another morning runner and know exactly what you mean. I hate going for a run any later than an hour after i’ve got up. It looks like those brekkies made up for it and the fantastic view! You have made me want to go there even more now.


  39. scales def. broken If I had even attempted half of the exercise I would have lost 6stones!!! – how did you gain 5lbs if they weren’t up the creek!!

  40. After just finishing writing a vacation breakfast post, I now have food envy!.They look delicious

  41. Wow!! so wonderful! Great post! and the desserts make me feel hungry!!!

  42. Wow..so wonderful. Great post! and the dessert make me feel hungry!!! haha~~~

  43. That breakfast dessert looks to die for please explain more…

    • The berry sauce was very fresh and fruity. The crepes were light and fluffy. The sour cream was top quality as was the cheese inside. Magnifico! The best cheese blintzes ever.

  44. I just got back from a trip to Seattle – where I managed to run only 2 out of 5 days there. Love this post, now I plan to peruse the rest of your blog! Keep up the good writing and running!

  45. I really don’t think stepping on a scale is good for anybody! I stopped at least a year ago, and it really has done wonders for me… Great, catchy title for a post!

  46. Interesting trip. You make me wanna run for the corned beef. Yummm 😉

  47. I always find it hard to exercise while traveling even when I bring my workout shoes and clothes.

    • I don’t find it difficult as I think you get to see more than you would otherwise. I do find it hard to run as much as I normally do is generally about an hour a day, with a two hour plus run on the weekend. It helps that my husband, is a runner, although an semi-injured runner at the moment.

      Thanks for visiting my blog,


  48. the food doesn’t look so good but the views from juneau are excellent

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