If there’s sand, I will go

Pardon me while I pout about not being in the Bahamas this week… August 1st marks opening day of lobster season in the Bahamas; we’ve been present for opening day for the last 2 years, but this year we couldn’t make it happen.


Okay, moving on….

I did get to spend a little time in the sun this weekend, which was nice & relaxing. My Mom had some friends in town and they were staying at the Sand Pearl Resort in Clearwater. They invited us to come hang out for the day.

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It was a gorgeous day, and I had a great time! I get tired super easily, just laying in the sun takes it out of me, so we wrapped it up around 4 and headed back home.

Now it’s Monday and I’m already planning for next Saturday ~ The marina next to us rents out kayaks & this aqua cycle things so we are going to rent one of those next weekend and try to get out to the flats and do a little bit of relaxin’ & swimmin’. I’m excited!

Hope you had a wonderful & relaxing weekend!

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nothing to see here

I’m still not running. I’m still resting.

I did ride the stationary bike 50 minutes today. I did a test ride for a few minutes to make sure it wouldn’t bother my calf – it didn’t, so I rode.

Nothing really exciting, 11 miles in 50 minutes. That’s pretty slow. I don’t even think my heart rate got over 120. Oh well. I worked up a little sweat and that made me feel better.

Wednesday was a complete rest day. I got dressed to workout, but my calf was really, really hurting so I decided it would be best if I just sat on the couch and iced it.


Since there is nothing going on around here – although I did make a really good crockpot dinner tonight; I’ll show you some of my favorite pictures from our Bahamas trip. (I’ll post the crockpot recipe tomorrow. it’s easy, It’ll take 5 seconds).

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Jupiter Inlet – Approximately 70 miles from West End, Grand Bahama.

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I love this picture of Chris. He is totally in his element.

There is a channel that runs from the north side of the island to the south side of the island which allows us easy access to either side.

The bummer about this channel is that it’s a NO WAKE ZONE..for 6.5 miles …

Last year was the first time we learned it was a no wake zone. There are signs up & down the channel that say speeding is punishable by 3 mths imprisonment.

6.5 miles takes about 1.5hrs.. in the blazing hot sun. Not fun.

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why yes, that is a car at the bottom of the channel. I’ve been coming to the Bahamas since I was 10. I’ve been through this channel more times than I can count and I’ve never seen the bottom. The water is usually to choppy – this year we must have had really good luck because there were several days we could see the bottom. You wouldn’t believe all the boats we saw… Oh, and a car. Yes. really. Crazy, right?

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opening day of lobster season

At the 5 second mark whatever was on my line tried to pull me over board – I started to say, “oh shit.” and then Dale & Dad laugh at me.

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I think that stinky barracuda is what I caught. I can’t remember, but I don’t have the rod belt on yet, so I think that’s what I caught. Those barracudas stink – literally. They have a horrible smell. That guy was HUGE. He doesn’t look it, but he was probably 3.5 – 4ft long and weighed a lot!

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I’m cheesin’ from ear to ear in this pic – That is a nurse shark – not really the kind of shark I wanted to catch, but it was a helluva fight! (see, I have the rod belt on here…not that I was using it, but I had it on.)

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In case you thought I was exaggerating about the amount of time we spend on the boat in a single day… 6:48am – 7:25pm .. and no, we never came in to the maring between those times. This was the first day of lobster season, which is like the amazing race for the biggest lobster.  — The water on the north side of the island is much more shallow than the water on the south side. We stay on the south side, so we have to go through that long cut to get to the north side. No way are we going through that thing 4x in one day – Once we are on the North side we are staying until the day is over.

We spend a whole lot of time riding around the shallow water on the north side of the island looking for rocks. You ride up high, then holler when you see a “donut.” A donut is a dark spot (usually a rock) with a white ring around it.

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donuts.

The water on wednesday was REALLY smooth, so it made spotting the rocks really easy. When the clouds cover the sun, or when the water is choppy it’s hard to tell the difference between the rocks & shadows and we spend a lot of time chasing nothing. I’m not exactly sure who that is diving on those rocks. I think it might be chris, dale & jeremy. can’t tell except for jeremy and those bright yellow fins.

That’s it for tonight. I’m headed to bed.

Happy Friday!

Do you have a long weekend? Any plans for Labor Day?

Where I’m at

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Vacation is exhausting. I need a vacation to recover from my vacation.. That picture is actually on the way to the Bahamas. The water was so smooth I slept the entire way, it was magnificent!

I’m not going to post a billion pictures, and recap day by day – That’s boring.

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Big picture: sitting out on the flats. Not sure what the guys are looking at behind me.
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1. arriving at West End to check into customs
2. we jumped out to pee & cool off
3. Chris & Jeremy enjoying a beer on the t-top while we ride through the cut

Top to Bottom:
1.  Me & Stacey. We skipped fishing on Wednesday and went to town
2. Chris caught a little black fin tuna. I ate a piece..raw. It was fishy
3. Chris is underwater diving on a rock
4. I’m holding a starfish we found while diving.. Don’t worry, we put him back!

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don’t judge my ridiculous tan. What is even going on with that? This was on Tuesday, we hadn’t even gone diving yet.. that tan is much worse now.. Tan legs, awesome sunglasses tan…and really pale stomach..cool. We wear long sleeve shirts when we dive/snorkel for a few reasons.  Mainly to avoid sunburnt backs. We are in & out of the water pretty often so applying sunscreen would be difficult. Second, the jellyfish situation is crazy! This year my Dad & Sister got stung on their necks! ouch

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Stacey & I got bored while the guys were diving on a rock so we decided to jump off the T-top. — My camera has a setting that allows you to hold the button down and it will take multiple pictures. That’s me in the frames above- for some reason we could only get half of Stacey’s jump then it would cut off.


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This week is all about getting back on track.

Last week I didn’t work out at all. Not one single time. We did snorkel/dive 2 days, and that is a lot of work. Eating clean on a boat is practically impossible, at least for me it was. The space is very limited, and buying things just for me wasn’t really an option. We have one food cooler, for 6 people… We can’t all have special things; so I tried to make the best choices with what I had.

I packed clif bars for breakfast, and starbucks via for coffee. It wasn’t oatmeal w/ blueberries & raspberries, but it got the job done. Lunches were those bread thin things + lunch meat. We had goldfish, granola bars, chips, & ginger snap cookies** for snacks. I stuck to goldfish & granola bars… and I did have a crap load of ginger snaps on Friday.
Dinners… ugh. One night we had hamburgers, 6 nights we had fried fish, grilled/fried lobster, grits, baked beans, mac n cheese… The last night we went to Port Lucaya and ate at Zorba’s where I had cracked conch (aka fried) & rice w/ peas (aka beans).

**It is a tradition that we take ginger snaps on the boat when we are fishing. We left them in the room on days when we were diving, but they always have to go out while we are fishing.

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Ginger snaps are almost just as important as the GPS!

Work it out: Week 4 (or 5) of marathon training…

Monday: easy 4 miles + WOD
Tuesday: 6 miles intervals  + WOD
Wednesday: stationary bike + WOD
Thursday: 6 mi tempo run
Friday: WOD
Saturday: 13 mi …. longest run since my last half in April.

Sunday was not a successful day of clean eating.. It started out well with oatmeal, blueberries & raspberries for breakfast, but it went downhill with dunkin donuts coffee and numerous other unclean treats.. Oh well. It was a stressful day – Monday will be better.

I already have my lunch chicken cooked, and ready to go. Just have to portion out some veggies & fruit and I’ll be on my way to getting back on track.

I’ve never understood “craving” fruit & veggies.. but after a week of solid crap, I was so happy to hit up Publix for some fresh food.

 

What did I miss? Anything new? I tried to stay caught up on blogs, but commenting was rather complicated from my kindle fire..and the wifi connection was a tad bit sketchy.

Toes in the water

Oh man. I’m stuffed full of fish, lobster, & conch fritters. mmmmmmmmmm! I love conch fritters. I’ve been talking about eating conch fritters for weeks, I finally got some today, yum!

Oh, did I tell you that yesterday I ate raw conch? We found a conch shell yesterday on the flats so Dale cracked it open and let me try some raw conch. It was good, it kind of tastes like crab meat. Everyone else said it tastes like almonds, but I don’t like almonds so I disagree w/ that review.

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Today we went over to the North side of the island to spear lobster & fish. Today was the first day of lobster season!! The lobster regulations say you can get 10 lobster per boat – that sucks, but it is what it is. The rules have changed quite a bit in the last several years. The first several times we/I came over here it was a per/person limit.

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We spent a good portion of our day running away from storms Sad smile  — Storms are really pretty cool to see while you are out on the boat. It stinks to get stuck in them, but they are neat to see.

Today we saw two water spouts! Very cool!

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On our way back in we got stopped by the Bahamian “Defense Force.” It’s the same thing as the FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) – they check your boat for illegal fish/lobster. This is actually the first time we’ve ever seen them checking boats.

I was nervous. Not because we had anything illegal, but it’s just a nerve-wracking thing. I don’t have any pictures… I didn’t think that would really be appropriate. We do have video of them catching up with us. I might be able to post that in a few weeks when all the video footage is edited.

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There isn’t really much to report today. We went diving for lobster all day. literally all day. We left around 7:45am, and got back to the marina around 7:30. That is a super long day in the sun. Snorkeling is pretty exhausting, especially when the current is pushing you all over the place.

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goodnight

Live yo’ life, Mon

a 3 hour tour

Apparently the wi-fi works sometimes. I’m going to write this post and hope that the internet works when I’m done.

I’m wiped out and it’s only 10:30, being in the sun all day really drains your energy!

I don’t know time we were supposed to get up & leave the hotel this morning, but my Dad woke us up @ 6:45 to start getting ready. Sadly I only ate a blueberry muffin for breakfast, and had no coffee.. so sad.

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Fueling up in Palm Beach
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let’s get this show on the road water.

We were on the water heading down the intercoastal water way by 8am. Unfortunately it’s a pretty long ride from the marina to the inlet out to the ocean- I think it took over an hour. So I guess we were on the ocean and headed across the big blue ocean around 9(ish).

The first 1.5 hours was a little rough. It was pretty windy, which in turn creates big waves. Big waves = little boat getting slammed around. You can’t go very fast with big waves, it’s a bad combination. The entire trip from Palm Beach to West End is about 67 miles. Right about half way it started to lay down and we were able to get a nice speed going.
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Coming into West End!! Yippee!

Once we reached West End we put our yellow quarantine flag and headed to the customs dock to check in. I think it was about 1ish when we scooted in to customs. 4hrs isn’t a bad crossing time. The Customs department make you fill 900 forms and pay for a fishing permit. The forms and everything takes about an hour. An hour of sitting still, in a hot marina, just sweating & sweating & sweating. It’s sexy.

After we check into customs we headed further down the island to Lucaya. The marina we stay at is right outside of Port Lucaya- It takes about an hour to get from West End to the marina where we stay.

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After we unloaded everything we went out fishing. It was a flop. Jeremy caught a stinky barracuda and that was it. Nothing was biting, and we couldn’t find any frigate birds.

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Oh. bad news bears: I checked out the “gym” when we got here… the gym that is displayed on their website is nothing like the gym that is actually here. It’s in an un-airconditioned room.. I could live with this…. but the treadmill in there Is self-propelled or something. I Don’t even know what it is. I’ve never see anything like it before. I didn’t stay long and check everything out because I was just annoyed at the treadmill. I saw ONE weight.. 20lbs.. just one. not a set… no, just one weight.

I get that the gym probably isn’t a priority for a lot of people while they are here. I don’t know what the main clientele is here, but I think there are a lot of people that come by boat and are here to fish. buuutttt, I was really planning on running this week. bummer.

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Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back with pictures of fish or something exciting!

 

Live yo life, Mon!