Yay for vacation! The past week I got to celebrate the birthdays of my dad, Grandma, Aunt B, Aunt Debi, and a second cousin. The best part was I got to celebrate with each of them which is quite a feat considering we’re scattered between Alabama, California, Arkansas and Tennessee. After a 36-hour visit with my aunts, Grandma, Mom and cousins my boyfriend and I headed to the Gulf Coast to meet up with my dad and brother for a short vacation. We’re staying on a boat. Fun, right? It’s docked in the bay and for those of you who’ve never “boat camped” it feels a little like being in the WC on an airplane, it rocks a little and I felt a tad unsturdy at first but I hardly notice it anymore. There’s a marina nearby with bath facilities but there’s a couple bedrooms and bathrooms on board. We cooked meals ahead of time – Veggie and Quinoa Chili, Mediterranean Penne, Eggplant Parm (recipe to come in November), Pumpkin Loaf, and brought ingredients to make salads. Both the chili and parm were frozen leftovers that reheated deliciously. Check out this view of the bay when we took the boat out.
The bay was beautiful! My brother captained us out from the bay into the harbor then back into the slip with ease (I was nervous but he did great!). The fun was only cut short by neck pain. Dang neck. The drive and waves near the harbor proved to be too much. I took it easy the next day and we went “exploring”.
This morning I woke up before seven without an alarm (um, I thought this was vacation!), hung out a little then set out for a test jog. I reset my jog/walk intervals on Map My Run to 2 min/ 4 min. Forty-six minutes later I had gone 3.6 miles. No tingling, numbness or pain! Except that I was now out of shape and had to jog slowly 🙂 I completed my intervals then stretched on the dock. Man, I know I’ve written it before but this place is just beautiful. The pics below are of places along my route.