A Triathlon on Miami Time

The first time I attended church in Miami the service started about ten minutes late. The pastor walked around the sanctuary letting those of us who were visitors know that things would be started soon, but they operated on Miami time.


Well, last week we completed our own version of a triathlon, and we were certainly competing on Miami time. First, this was not a competition. No registration fee or course to follow. We simply chose a water event, biking event and an event on foot in which to participate making it a nearly perfect day.


The very hot morning started on Biscayne Bay where we rented a Hobie Getaway and sailed for two hours in the waters where John first introduced me to sailing. We raced from the causeway past Vizcaya entertained by the brightly colored parachute pulling parasailing tourists across the bay and the fire department helicopter practicing rescues in the waters near the Seaquarium.

We left the water ready for the bike leg, but instead of jumping in the saddle in dripping wet bathing suits, we changed clothes and drove down Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne and mounted the bikes at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.


We rode through the park along the bay toward the Cape Florida lighthouse photographing iguanas scurrying across the trail or posing on the rocks.


Instead of eating a meal designed for athletes, we stuffed ourselves with barbecue sandwiches, fries, slaw and tea…the diet of the laid back triathlete.


The third leg of the day took place in Coconut Grove after sunset. A relaxing stroll from our hotel to Cocowalk and vicinity eyeing lights, fountains, painted peacocks and walls entangled in banyan roots. Even though the pace was leisurely, we did cover a little more than two miles making it a worthwhile final triathlon leg.

I’m sure those who train for these events would be appalled, but looking for opportunities to spend time on the water, bike, and by foot to enjoy the outdoors is always a treat and challenge.


TBT Lesson #38

Sailing was a father and son adventure for John and his Dad. First a Sunfish and then later a Hobie Cat brought them together on the saltwater of Biscayne Bay or on the freshwater of Lake Weir.

As a teenager, John quickly mastered the skill of rigging the boat for a day on the water. Raising the mast, checking the fittings, and hoisting the sails. John’s dad, a PhD in Renaissance Literature asked on numerous occasions, how do you know how to do this as he struggled to set the sails.

IMG_5991TBT Lesson #38: It takes more than a PhD to learn how to rig a sailboat.

54 Ways to Celebrate Florida!

On this date, March 3rd, in 1845, Florida entered the union as the 27th state. That sounds like reason for celebration. Make March celebrate Florida month. Can you complete ten of these Florida friendly tasks this month?

Visit a Florida State Park

Go to the beach

Wear sunblock

Eat key lime pie

Listen to the music of Floridians like Lynard Skynard, Mel Tillis, Tom Petty, Ray Charles, or Gloria Estefan.

Read a Carl Haisaan book

Eat a Cheeseburger in Paradise

Go fishing

Place a bet on the “ponies” at the Florida Derby at Gulfstream.

Wear flip flops

Travel by boat

Visit the “Ancient City” of St. Augustine

Swim with the manatee



Drink a glass of orange juice

Eat shrimp

Visit a Florida spring

Ride a bike trail

Paddle a canoe or kayak


Register to vote (or update your registration)

Visit a tacky tourist trap


Eat a Cuban sandwich

Sip a frozen tropical drink


Take a hike


Visit a botanical garden

Tour a fort

Take an airboat ride

Drink from the Fountain of Youth

Play golf

Watch a Major League Baseball Grapefruit League spring training game

Enjoy to a festival

Go to Ron Jon

Explore the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center

Drive on Daytona Beach

Eat gator

Smoke a cigar from Ybor City

Collect seashells

Climb a lighthouse

Ride a glass bottom boat


Experience bike week in Daytona

Eat sugarcane

Sleep in a chickee

Collect sharks teeth

Treasure hunt

Drive the overseas highway

Ferry to the Dry Tortugas

Sing the state song while on the Swanee River


Get LOST on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)

Drive Spook Hill

Whale watch from Gamble Rogers State Park

Crack a coconut

Leave a comment and let me know what I forgot, but don’t forget to celebrate Florida! And don’t forget to take pictures!










Bones, Bones, Everywhere

Life jackets, blocks, and sails gathered in preparation for an afternoon sail, but the trampoline of the boat was covered with white debris. Upon closer inspection, the slivers of white littering the boat turned out to be bones…hundreds of pieces of bones.

No, it’s not a Halloween prank. The hawk that’s been perched atop the mast all weekend has been successfully snagging fish from the lake and then dropping the bones of its prey on the boat below. hawk

Please, Mr. Hawk, take your dinner elsewhere.

Lake Weir: A Perfect Place for a Mini-Vacation

With all our travels throughout Florida bicycling, fishing, turtle watching, and visiting state parks, it’s good to spend some time relaxing at the lake.

Sitting on the porch. Reading in the hammock. Enjoying a cold drink on the beach at sunset.


Watching the storms roll in.


Skiing (actually serving as the spotter for the skier).

Swimming, fishing, watching the wildlife…what a great way to spend the day.

A day at the lake is a perfect mini-vacation any day of the week!

Favorite Sailing Songs

Ready for a sail on Lake Weir
Ready for a sail on Lake Weir

While reading an article titled, “What’s Your Favorite Sailing Songs?” on the Get Wet Sailing website, John and I started discussing our favorite sailing songs. Here’s our top picks from John’s sailing playlist:

Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffett
Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Drive – Alan Jackson
Boats to Build – Jimmy Buffett
Old Blue Chair – Kenny Chesney

Captain John
Captain John

I’m sure we’ll be listening to our playlist as well as many from the Get Wet site on February 17 when we join the Ocala Sailing Club at the monthly Sunday Sailing at the Point on Lake Weir…just hope it’s not too cold!

Any suggestions on songs we should add to our playlist?