Tampa Sunday..

We went to Davis Island in Tampa to look at houses and eat breakfast. We had eaten at our hotel the previous days and wanted something “better”  We ate at an Irish Restaurant on Davis Island. We ate outside at a picnic table. My meal was slightly interrupted when the children that had been eating decided to play Frisbee in the parking lot. They could have used more adult supervision since the Frisbee hit me in the back of my head while I was eating.  I don’t think the parents even knew. Hum and smile, throw it back and keep eating.

The homes in the area start at 775 k and go up. This is a pretty exclusive area and near Tampa General Hospital. I would image that a fair number of the doctors and administrators live there.  But, we can dream, and dream we did. By the way, the most recent lottery tickets were a total bust!

We drove north after eating and touring Davis Island with our final destination being Crystal River, Florida. We were told about an excellent fish market and seafood restaurant. We did not have anything planned and we had a nice new rental car, so we went for it. The toll road had a plaza every 10 to 12 miles (60 mile drive). Maybe they could charge a little more and not make us stop so frequently.

While driving we looked on Trip Advisor (my DW, not me, I was driving) and discovered that the restaurant got bad reviews. We stopped by anyway and found the fish market closed and a line at the door to the restaurant. The top rated seafood restaurant was just up the road so we changed plans. The top rated seafood restaurant was in a mall food court. Really! We went in and walked past and kept going. They need to vet these reviews a little better. We did get some ice cream before leaving the mall.  On the way back to Tampa we purchased a Sun Pass for the car. Sun Pass is like EZ Pass in the north-east. You pre-pay the tolls and can drive through the toll plaza without stopping.

Sunday evening found us back in Tampa for outdoor yoga. Hixon Park in downtown Tampa is where they have a free yoga class on Sunday evening. The park has a terraced area that the students can lay their mats on and the instructor is at the bottom. This was really cool. Check this off as another great, free, outdoor yoga venue.

Here is a Drop Box link to all the yoga pictures.

I will post a few down below.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!



Walking by the water..

If you live in Monmouth County, NJ, I visited your drinking water today. That sounds weirder than it really is. The Manasquan Reservoir is located in Howell, NJ. This is about a ten minute drive from where I work. I went there today in search of some pictures for tonight’s blog. I shot a few and got a nice mile or so walk for my effort.  What was the most surprising thing about visiting the reservoir was the lack of animals that I saw.  I saw one squirrel and maybe five birds in the half hour or so that I walked around. Two of the birds were working a bird feeder at the environmental center.

The park was quiet. No school busses full of kids on a field trip. Not many people walking around. There is a perimeter trail (5.1 miles) that I did not walk on. I can’t walk five miles in an hour and be back to work on time. Maybe in two hours.  Who wants to go back to work all sweaty after exercising?  Not me.  In the picture I posted on Face Book the thing I saw in the picture was the blue of the sky and contrast of the lake. My wife and another person on Face Book commented that the water level look low in that picture. I looked on the NJ Water Authority website and they are reporting the reservoir at 83 % capacity.  The graph seems to put the current level between the highest and lowest levels for this time of year. See the chart here.

Other than that excitement, my day was pretty boring at work. The commute was much nicer than yesterday. Thankfully. My DW had a meeting in the morning and worked in her unit in the afternoon. DS1 was home late this evening. He said he stopped on the ay home for dinner. DS2 attended a study abroad fair at school today. He currently is thinking about Rome, New Zealand or Istanbul, Turkey.  What a varied group of choices that is.  DS3 and I traded texts about his trip home on Friday and his plans for the weekend. It will be good to have him home for a few days. DS2 is staying on campus with some friends.

Tonight’s pictures are from my walk at the Manasquan Reservoir. Enjoy!