Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vacation Wrap Up

Vacation on Santa Rosa Island (Navarre, FL) was fabulous!  We spent a lot of time visiting friends, relaxing, swimming in the ocean, eating sea food and watching shark week.  

Besides the normal routine, the girls made it out for a jet ski ride.  Sara is a crazy driver, jumping her own wake full speed and flipping the jet ski at one point.  Cheryl was hanging on for dear life.  I have no idea where she gets it :-).  Hopefully she didn't inherit my poor backing up skills too :-).

I took the boys on a helicopter ride.  I remember my grandma paying for my sister and I to go on one when we were little and it's something I'll never forget.  This was only my second helicopter ride and Josh and his friend Cody's first.  They were a little nervous, so I calmed their fears with some basic questions like "what happens if we get struck by lightning?" and "do you think you can swim to shore?".  My favorite was "I can't hear the helicopter, do you think they crashed?".  The boys weren't deterred and we had a blast.  We even saw a couple hammer head sharks (just off shore) from the air.

Our condo was in the high rise 2nd from the right

The pier you could see looking left out of our condo

Wavy buildings caused by heat? rotor wash? or proof we are in the matrix?

I didn't see our tent while flying over but did after the fact.

Training wise, I planned to go on a couple runs and greatly exceeded my expectations.  The first full day in Florida I went for a run early in morning and that set the stage for the rest of the week.  By 10 every night I was really tired (the heat was brutal) so I went to bed early which led to me getting up early and running.  I ended up running seven days in a row for the first time ever and hitting a 30 mile run week for the first time ever as well.  Neither were a goal of the trip, so that was pretty cool.  I did have a goal of a 1.5 hour run but the heat was just too much.  The heat index was over 100 for just about every run.  Even when I made it out before 7, the humidity was 100%.

Yesterday we I drove straight through 765 miles.  I had plenty of offers for Cheryl or Sara to drive, but I love driving and have trouble sleeping if someone else is driving, so I might as well drive.  All I need is good tunes, sun flower seeds and caffeine and I'm all set.  Hopefully we will be fortunate enough to go again next year.


Kate Geisen said...

Sounds like a great trip and looks beautiful. Love the wavy bldgs pic! I'd love it if my husband was all about doing all the driving. I much prefer reading and sleeping in the passenger seat. :)

Dawn said...

That looks like a super fun trip. And wow on getting that much run time in! That NEVER happens to me on holidays:)
That's quite a long drive....

Tri4Success said...

Sounds like a great trip! Looks like a great spot to relax.

Anne B said...

What a great trip, love the pics from the helicopter ride. Your kids will be talking about that one for a long time.

A Prelude To... said...

What is it with Shark week?? My kids, my brother, bloggers, friends...everyone was addicted to it!!

That was some crazy heat to melt those buildings like that ;-)

Sounds like a FANTASTIC trip!

Lora Abernathy said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures! Totally love The Matrix reference. Those will always be in style. I'm the same way about letting someone else drive, especially on long trips.

Theia said...

Haha! The matrix pic is funny. (Well, the comment is funny. The pic itself isn't so funny.) :)

Glad you had a good time and made it home safe and sound.