I took my Mom to get a beach cruiser bike. This will give her another fitness option in addition to walking and swimming. My Mom has a few more weeks before she can ride due to another back surgery. Regardless of her circumstances my Mom always knows how to stay on balance.
I got the ultimate “Pull Up” from a special someone. It was so thoughtful for him to route his job to visit me. We took a ride in his huge cabin to Plant City to get cargo that was going to Syracuse, NY.
Chain of Lakes
Winter Haven, Florida has 24 lakes that are connected by canals. My parents and I took a pontoon cruise around lakes Lulu, Shipp, and Eloise.
Lake Eloise is the water ski capital of the world. There are water ski shows that are performed at the site of Legoland, formally known as Cypress Gardens.
These are a few of the beautiful lakeside homes around Lake Eloise:
Sand Key Park
Being centrally located, I have the choice between Daytona Beach or Clearwater Beach. My Mom’s dentist told her about a low-key area called Sand Key Park just south of Clearwater. I am so glad we took her advice to avoid the Spring Break crowds.
Sand Key Park has all day parking for $5 with plenty of spaces. This area is for people who want a laid back beach experience without water sport rentals and pirate ship cruises. Sand Key has umbrella and cabana rentals for $25 and there are two food trucks.
The weather was a perfect 78°, with no humidity. I took a 4.5 mile walk on the nature trail to Gulf Blvd. I re-entered the beach through an access by some condos and kept walking South. I was amazed to see how empty Sand Key was during the peak Spring Break season. I was a mile from Belleaire Beach when I walked back with Pier 60 in my view.
Lakeland Sun’n Fun 5K
Lakeland has a strong running community with great races. The Sun ‘n Fun 5K course was very unique. I’ve run on the Indy 500 track, Churchill Downs infields, and football stadiums, but never on an airport runway.
For my 5K results, I placed 4th place in my age group with five seconds away from getting a medal. I’ve been eating too many crepes and calzones, I guess. I placed 19/280 in the women’s division, and 59/476 overall .
It was a foggy morning that turned into blue skies just in time for the hot air balloon race.
The tragic death of Nipsey Hussle occured during this trip. I’ve had Victory Lap on repeat ever since. His life and legacy sparked my spirit to be a better person.
R.I.P. Nipsey. The Marathon Continues 🏁…