I recently met up with a few friends for a bonfire. You see, here in Nashville it’s cold. And when I say cold, I mean it’s colder than a brass toilet seat on the shady side of an iceberg. We even moved the bonfire up from 7pm to 4pm, which had me as happy as a hound dog with two tails. Speaking of dogs, it was a “perfect night for a weenie roast,” as someone said.
Also, there were real dogs there, too.
However, I could tell when it was time for me to go. It was when I started making comments about how nice it is to have a warm home to go to. It was also when my fingers were feeling like frozen weenies. Great night, though! I’m thankful for friends I can spend time with who are adventurous, outdoorsy, and dog people.
Part of my road trip to Orlando, Florida included a stop at East Beach on St. Simons Island just east of Brunswick, Georgia. The plan was to check in to the (dog-friendly) Red Roof Inn then spend the afternoon at the beach. Surprisingly, that’s exactly what we did! Here are photos from that day. Also, we had just enough time to catch a sunset at Driftwood Beach. This is on Jekyll Island. I didn’t know exactly what to expect because this little addition was unplanned, but wow what a beach! It’s not for sunbathing or surfing. It’s more about marveling and photographing. Two points I feel like need to be said… 1. do NOT climb in the bushes at Driftwood Beach. I stepped a few in before we left and immediately found 5 or 6 ticks on my legs. 2. It cost $8 per car to enter Jekyll Island. Not much, but good to know beforehand.
One of my goals for this year in regards to exercise is to run 250 miles and walk 250 miles. There are just over 2 months left and I’ll admit there were days I wasn’t sure I could do it. Today I feel good but with a bit of concern because here in Nashville it’s getting cold. Hey, I’m from Florida… if it’s not sunny and 80, I expect snow.
Me with a slight cool breeze:
So when and where I run or walk will definitely be affected by winter approaching. I’ve been in the habit of walking with my 2 dogs each day, about a mile, but I will be totally transparent– only 1 of us likes the cold weather. So me and my spirited beagle overrule the young adventurer in the family.
Here is a screenshot of my progress so far on the 250/250 goal:
You can see that if I just do about a mile and a half each day (combined) I will reach the goal. Awesome! I’ve been using both the Garmin VivoActive HR and the Forerunner 245. They have been great GPS watches for tracking, as well as entertainment– the Forerunner is the “music” version of the watch so having a playlist right on my wrist has been really nice and convenient.
I am determined to reach this goal, but as the temperature falls I will have to adapt… and probably take some walks and runs in the cold.