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A Road Trip 

Haven’t been anywhere in over a year…but we went to Florida Friday and Saturday as chaperones to a high school cross country meet. 

As you may know, parts of Florida were hit by a massive hurricane this weekend. (Please keep all of the folks affected in your thoughts and prayers). We went to Tallahassee which was not effected by the hurricane. 

Tallahassee itself isn’t particularly scenic, nor was the drive down there.. mostly cotton fields for scenery 

We kept ourselves entertained by playing a highly intellectual game that our 3 girl passengers called Fudoodle: every time you see a yellow vehicle you hit the roof of the car and say fudoodle. School buses and machinery don’t count.

I was the reigning champion, mainly because I kept playing after everyone else had quit.

We drove straight to the course so that we could meet up with the rest of the team to do a preview. The meet was the Florida State invitational race. I believe that it is Florida State Univ s  home course. Most of the Florida teams use it as their state course preview. But there were other out of state teams there too.

We let the girls out of the car, then we ran the course 2 times. And I have got to say, this was the most spectacular cross country course I’ve ever seen.  If God created a cross country course, this what it would look like.  

I am certain that this course was built from the ground up specifically for cross country. Everything single aspect of this race/course was perfect. Even down to fabulous port o pots. Clean, clean, clean, and running water next to them so you could wash your hands! 

Spectators weren’t allowed near the finish chutes. So there was a mobile jumbo-tron that allowed us to watch our finishers.

The course itself was perfection. The surface was gravel/hard sand on places, low grass/dirt in other. Almost the entire course was in the shade of beautiful Spanish moss draped live oaks. The track was so wide, you could literally drive 2 Mac trucks down it. Even the one hill was very thoughtfully designed. It was tiered. So after a bit of ascent, there was a small depression/plateau which you can use as a spring up to the next ascent. Turn the corner, and a beautiful point 2 mile downhill (but not too steep) finish. 

The weather on race down was almost perfect. And it was our coolest race all season so far. Around 70 degrees and very low humidity and a nice breeze.

On a personal note, out daughter did well. She had a massive stress fracture and missed almost the entire season last year. This year she has been working her way back, while trying to improve her form to avoid another stress fracture. She still hasn’t beat her last year’s one race PR, but every race she is dropping 30 seconds. 

Hopefully she can keep improving!

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The World’s Shortest Road Trip

As I mentioned in a previous post about cross country, my husband and I took a road trip 2 weeks ago to watch our daughter’s first high school race. While we live in Georgia, the meet was in central Florida….a 7 hour drive! (Don’t ask me the thought process there).

The trip, while short, was filled with adventure (of the mild, middle age type).

First up: Boiled Peanuts.
No trip through South Georgia is complete without a stop for this delicacy.  They are peanuts, Boiled in salty oil.  They’re soft, and greasy and salty. Mmmm. But a word of warning…don’t eat the whole serving! Potential tummy problems, not to mention the fact that they’re probably not a super healthy runner’s food!

Boiled Peanuts

Next: A Speed Trap
Yes we were speeding. Yes we got stopped. No we didn’t get a ticket!! When the officer asked where we were headed, my husband told him Florida. I chimed in with the reason….to see our girl run her first high school race. I’m certain that is why he let is off!

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A Stop in Valdosta:
We were hungry, needed to use the potty, and needed gas. Plus it had started to rain REALLY hard.  It seemed like a good place to stop.  We found a nice Denny’s right off the exit.  Dinner was delicious, and the indoor rain hardly bothered us at all.

ˆf you look near teh neon clock, you can see rain pouring in from the ceiling

If you look near the neon clock, you can see rain pouring in from the ceiling

The Next Morning:
The race was awesome. The boys ran first and it was thrilling to watch. Our daughter’s friend ‘Fast boy’ who is new to running was amazing. Several of the other boys were in an exciting race to the finish.

A very close finish. Our boys are in white

Our daughter and her team mates also did super in their race.  We have known some of these girls their whole lives, so it was great to be able to be proud of so many runners!

Last Stop: Surfing Lessons
I’ve always wanted to surf. At age 50, I decided ‘why not?’ So I took a surfing lesson. Then I did another lesson last year. So this was to be my third annual lesson. My husband decided to join me this time.

Not my best lesson! Plus our instructor SUCKED! He didn’t tell my husband any of the beginner instructions that I knew were supposed to be given.

Anyway, long story short… Something weird happened with his board. And my husband wound up loosing his toe nail!

He informed me of his injury then left the water.  Good wife that I am, I kept going with my lesson.

THE END:
And that was the end of our adventure… We went back to the hotel, showered and drove the 7 hours back home! Like I said, the world’s Shortest Road trip!

Driving home with an injured left big toe

Driving home with an injured left big toe