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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Caladesi Island Ferry

    Recently, we ventured out to Caladesi Island.  After moving to Plant City from the other side of the coast, it has been my mission to visit as many different beaches during the summer months as I can.  Luckily, my two girls love the beach so there's never any complaining when it's time to pack.  You can access Caladesi Island on your own boat/kayak or you can ride the ferry inside Honeymoon Island Park.

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    waiting on the ferry to get home

     

    When you board the ferry, the Captain will make a few safety announcements and he'll tell you a story about Caladesi Island.  It is one of a few completely natural islands along the Gulf and it won Best American Beach in 2008.  My favorite part was this:

     

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    On our way to Caladessi

     

    The water was amazingly blue-green.  There was a warning for manta rays, so the Captain told us about the "Manta Ray Shuffle".  Thankfully, we did not see any while we were there.  Zoe was determined to find one...

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    The island has a 3 mile nature trail and while we didn't venture into it, we did spot a gopher tortoise.  There's also a snack bar and a gift shop.  The park has a really nice restroom facility with outside showers so you don't have to wait to get back to Honeymoon Island Park to get cleaned up.  There are chair and umbrella rentals as well as other fun beach items (boogie boards, kayaks) for rent at the beach.  Check out the Caladesi Island Ferry website before heading out there to print out a $1 off coupon for your ticket.  The ferry charges $14 per adult and $7 per child.  The rates are round trip and you must save your ticket to get back on it!  The ferry leaves every day starting at 10 am weather permitting.

     

    Have you ever been to Caladesi Island?

    Where's your favorite beach?

  • Half Marathon Training - Disney Wine and Dine

    Half marathon training has started.  Disney Wine and Dine is my next half marathon race.  Yes, it has been a while since I’ve gone for a run.  To be exact, April 14th was the last time I ran before taking a 3-month break.  Why you may ask?  Too many reasons to list, but mostly, it’s just miserably hot in the summer in Florida.  And, yes, I could have run on the treadmill, but seriously, I can’t.  I admire runners who solely train on treadmills.  I, my friends, am not one of those runners.  So instead, I had a lot of fun with my Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl Netflix marathons.  Don’t judge. ;)

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    Right after completing Iron Girl in Clearwater, I immediately signed up for the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon in November.  You may ask, why would I sign up so early.  Last year I waited too long.  I was unsure about signing up for it.  First, this will be the most expensive race entry fee to date.  Second, I’ll have to book a hotel, because seriously, I won’t be able to drive back to Plant City that early in the morning.  Oh, did I tell you the race starts at 10:00 pm?  Yep, so that means, I won’t be finishing till about 12:30/1 am.  And thirdly, it is one of the fastest selling races.  Last year, I literally went to sleep thinking about the race when it was 75% sold out.  I woke up the next morning and it was completely sold out.  I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen again.  And thankfully, my husband fully supported my decision.  :)

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    So, here I am, starting to run again.  And guess what?  I’m more in love with running than ever.  My heart rate and my speed are not where they were four months ago, but that is to be expected after taking a break.  I’ve decided to follow the Lululemon SeaWheeze 10 week training plan with some modifications.  Basically, I’ll be running three times a week and if times allows, I’ll throw in a spin/yoga/cross training day for variety.  Or at least that’s the plan.

     

    Have you run a Disney race yet?

    Have you seen the SeaWheeze app?

    Are you training for any race?

    Are you a Netflix fan?

     

     

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