On a side note, I need to get some new luggage.
Anyways, on to the exercising. I am slacking on my running. I was so busy one week (managed to only get in a mile run on a treadmill in Grand Junction), busy the next week showing my friend around town, and then I got pretty sick the next week.
Ashley #1 and I did 2 skydives at Skydive Sebastian on Friday, which were so cool and worked our arms and legs (freeflying). I finally caught my whale. I started to feel better on Saturday, but I had no one to run with and this was an unfamiliar running area (not on the beach). If I got up early enough, I could have ran with the girl (also named Ashley, which is why I am numbering the Ashleys) who we were staying with on Friday night. She trains for triathalons. Oh well. So, there was much discussion about what we were going to do and then it became clear that kayaking was it. I have wanted to kayak for some time and I still plan to go on September 25 with Haley. Ashley's (#2) house is beautiful and has this river right next to it where we just drop in with the kayaks and go explore Turtle Creek Sanctuary for an hour or two.
|Ashley #2 and Ryan's house with their amazing porch and view.|
I was alittle nervous since it was my first time kayaking and I have heard that it can be hard, especially on the arms. It was also hard to get used to moving in the kayak; every small movement swings the boat. And it took forever to get the turns down correctly without slamming into Ashley #1.
|I figured I'm in Flordia, I should carry on a surfer attitude. Or is that for Hawaii only?|
|Ashley #1 waiting for Ryan and Ashley #2 to get in the kayaks.|
|I'm not sure why I can't get this photo upright, but it's the better one of us, too. So, deal with it!|
|Ashley #2 and Ryan moving in front of us to lead the way.|
|I'm not sure why this photo was blurry. It only happened to 2 pictures. But that gray mass was the first manatee we saw.|
|Those turtles are covered in moss so that they are camouflaged on the tree.|
|Turtles just lined up on the tree. They didn't even budge when Ashley #1 got close.|
|This guy was hilarious. You can't tell from this angle, but he was doing the superman pose. He was like that both times we passed him. At one point, I wanted to go over there to make sure he was alive.|
|A turtle swam up to the kayak and Ryan picked him up. He put him right back.|
We mostly kayaked upstream, which adds more to the rowing that you are doing. However, we got to kayak downstream on the way back. My arms were on fire when we got done and my back was sore, but what an awesome workout. I can't wait to do this again. I was almost tempted to just buy a kayak, because I was immediately hooked. However, I don't have anywhere to store it or to transport it. Hmmmm.....
|Action shot of Ashley #1 getting her kayak on.|
|Ahhhh how sweet. They have pink and blue kayaks.|
I started my run with my Unknown album; however, I'm getting tired of the same songs. I created a running playlist, but it didn't go on to my ipod. I need time to figure it out. Oh well. I set my turnaround point to be this white building (condos) in the distance, which looked like a mile a way. When I started running and reached the building, it was more like 1.5 miles. The packed sand was softer than in Corpus and Galveston due to the high tide, which made it a little harder to run. Although, I got an extra workout by trying to not let the water reach my feet. I had to travel that day and didn't want to pack wet shoes.
|The sun getting higher in the sky.|
|The last white building at the end was my turnaround point.|
That building kept getting farther and farther away even though I was getting closer. But I kept pushing through. A couple of times, I told myself that I could just turnaround, but I didn't listen. I had to make it to this building. And finally FINALLY, I did. Whoa! I even had to stop for a second to rest. I walked the rest of the way back and was happy with my little run.
|I made it to the white building...Thank God.|
|Look at that ocean. So pretty compared to what I see in Corpus or Galveston.|
|I haven't seen a beachcomber in a while.|
|White, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Well, at this point, I don't even see or know where my hotel is located.|
|Pelicans flying by.|
|I believe these are egrets and there were so many of them.|