Boys & bikes on the Courtney Campbell

November 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Sunday afternoon the boys and I loaded the bikes into the back of my car (not an easy task, we really need a bike rack)…

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and headed out past the St. Pete/Clearwater airport…

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to the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

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A new pedestrian trail (actually mixed-use) running parallel to the Courtney Campbell opened on the Hillsborough side of Old Tampa Bay on August 30th and we had been waiting for the perfect day to check it out. We started out at the center and decided to head west over the hump first.

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We really couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. It was in the mid-70s and not a cloud in the sky.

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The $14 million dollar project is supposed to be completed on the Pinellas County side next year and then it will be a 9 mile scenic path all the way across the bay.

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The hump across the boat underpass is no joke on a bike!

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From the apex you can see downtown Tampa, downtown St. Pete, and downtown Clearwater.

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Of course, the best part is riding down the overpass.

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There were lots of people out on the trail but it was not crowded at all. There was plenty of room for cyclists to safely pass pedestrians. It was great not having to worry about cars.

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The view the entire ride was stunning. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful location.

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We stopped near the Tampa side for a water break.

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Of course the boys wanted to climb on the rocks but I warned them ten times to be careful. Those rocks looked very jagged!

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Finally we got back on our bikes to head back to the hump.

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We couldn’t resist taking in the views at the apex one more time.

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And then we got to zoom downhill again.

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We went a short ways in the eastward direction…

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before turning around to head back to the car.

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I didn’t take my GPS with me, but I’d say we probably biked 4 or 5 miles. It was a great way to spend what was possibly the most beautiful afternoon of the year. We’ll be back!

Cya.

Airheads Fun Pass giveaway and awesome weekend recap

March 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Spring break is coming up very soon here in Pinellas County (and going on right now for some of the private schools and for Hillsborough County) and if you were wondering what to do with your restless kids all week, consider wearing them out at Airheads Trampoline Arena! Remember when I did a trampoline fitness class there with the Tampa Bay Bloggers? It was so much fun and I can attest that it will burn any excess energy the kids may have. A one day all-you-can-jump pass is $16.95, but they have just introduced a “Fun Pass” which is an all-you-can-jump package that offers seven days of non-stop activity for $29.95 per person.

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And they’ve given me two fun passes to give away on the blog! Just leave a comment TELLING ME YOU’D LIKE TO WIN A FUN PASS and I’ll have Mack pick two winners this weekend (I promise). This contest is closed. Winners have been notified. Congratulations to Ali and Jessica!

So, this past weekend was so busy and I feel like I still haven’t had a chance to come up for air. I’m going to run it down as briefly as possible.

Friday night was the Brookwood Carnival, benefitting Brookwood Florida, a residential group home for teen girls.

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My friend Kelly offered to drive, so I was ready for some fun.

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A couple of my IRunMommies friends are on the board at Brookwood and helped organize the event, so my girls came out in force to support this great cause.

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I guess I don’t need to mention that it was a Mardi Gras theme. The Lakewood High School Jazz Band was there playing live music and they also had a DJ. We danced the night away.

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Val, Ali, and I teamed up and together we won the “best mask” competition.

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My triathlon relay team from TriRock Clearwater Triathlon were all in attendance.

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We had the best night and hopefully helped to raise a bunch of money for Brookwood.

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I know I did my part with the raffles and my bar tab. One of the former residents of Brookwood gave a speech about her experience there and the difference it made in her life. It was so moving and made me even more happy that I decided to support this charity.

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Thank you again for driving Kelly! I am totally blaming you for the raging hangover I had on Saturday. I intended to get up and run ten miles, but that didn’t happen. I was way too sick.

I did manage to rally just a bit in order to show up for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon Saturday morning.

Walkathon

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It was a gorgeous morning and Chewie was so happy to be included in our plans!

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I couldn’t let our fundraising team, Team Woofin’ It, down.

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My friend Katie of A Full Plate organized our team and she did an amazing job getting sponsors and keeping us motivated to raise money for this fabulous organization. There were so many people out there and so many dogs! I think I heard that there were over a thousand people walking, and they also had walkathons in a few other nearby cities. All of the walkathons generated over half a million dollars for the organization!

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Chewie couldn’t keep his eyes off of the hundreds of dogs all around him.

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The walk was three kilometers around the waterfront and along Beach Drive downtown.

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They had more water stops (for people AND dogs) than a half marathon!

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Chewie is a great dog but he isn’t the most socialized beagle in the world just because we are so busy and don’t get him around other dogs often enough. He’s generally friendly at a dog park, but sometimes on a leash he will have a scuffle with another dog. He did pretty well at the walkathon and was friendly to 98% of the dogs he sniffed. He just had a couple of little growl-ups, but no real throw-downs. I was nervous about it, but he did really well and made it across the finish line without embarrassing me too much.

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It was a fun morning and helped clear away a few of my hangover cobwebs.

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But not all of them. I spent the rest of the day on the couch unable to do anything productive. My Friday night fun was worth it.

Sunday morning the boys and I went to the preview for the opening of the new Outspokin Bicycle store in Tampa.

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Sunday afternoon we all went to an annual party thrown by some of our friends in honor of St. Joseph’s Day.

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We have been lucky enough to be invited to this party for many years but this year it was almost like being at a new house because our friends recently did a huge renovation. Check out their new GORGEOUS kitchen!

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When the priest walked into the house and saw the new kitchen he exclaimed, “Oh my God!” I thought that was pretty funny. This celebration, also known as “The feast of St.Joseph” is definitely a huge Italian feast at our friends’ annual party.

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“Baby” was in charge of keeping the floors cleaned.

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We are honored to be included in this tradition and have a great excuse to eat tons of delicious homemade pasta. So much for avoiding grains.

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Well, that was it for the weekend. It was awesome. I don’t think I could have packed anymore awesomeness into it considering the hangover, and without the hangover it wouldn’t have been so awesome.

Cya.