Holidays, Travels

St Louis Day 3

Our last day in St Louis started out with a run, followed by touring the Budweiser brewery, and a visit to the zoo.

9am called for a jog around Forest Park with my brother. I rarely get to see this kid, and his character and attitude towards life inspires me, so I needed to get as much time in with him as possible. Meaning I forced him to set an alarm and pick me up so we could get our run on in the blazing heat 🙂

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It was hot and nasty out, so there was some suffering involved, but we made it out alive much thanks to the below waterfall near our parked car.

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BUDWEISER

I’ve been on a handful of beer tours and wine tours and I think they’re a great thing to consider when looking for something to do in a new-to-you city. The main Budweiser plant is located in St Louis, so naturally we had to check it out.

They offered a variety of tours, but we chose the free one! 🙂 It was a 45 minute tour both outside the buildings and inside certain rooms where the brewing goes down.

I couldn’t believe just how huge the place was! Apparently they use to have a schoolhouse there, and the tour guides joked that the teachers would come back from their break all tipsy so they had to close it down. Understandable.

20150727_112754_HDRThe Anheuser-Busch horses!!! JK, there’s like hundreds of them, but I definitely recognize these guys from a commercial 😉

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20150727_114226_HDRA room that was ridiculously cold

20150727_115826_HDRA room that was ridiculously hot

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Perhaps one of the highlights was the end of the tour where we got a cold one fo free! Not even sample size you guys. They do it right.

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ST LOUIS ZOO

The last on our agenda for St Louis was visiting the zoo. I’ve been to so many museums and zoos and aquariums when we travel but the St Louis zoo just got themselves a polar bear and apparently it’s quite a big deal. Plus the zoo was free. So yeah, we ended up there.

The struggle was real.

I loved his (her?) paws. So cute and cuddly! (Though Ryan pointed out they’d tear up my face and I will have none of that)

Monday vibes.

And that concluded our trip, folks! It was great visiting my brother and I hate that it took me so long to get there in the first place. Cannot wait to visit him in his next place of residence… coming soon 🙂

20150727_205311_HDROur flight home. No filter. Just right.

Holidays

Fresh Breath of Summer

mollyOriginally posted on There Goes Molly Rose:

If you haven’t guessed by now, I gave up on PiYo. Along with a scheduled workout routine. And guess what. It’s working out great for me.

Sometimes I feel an expectation to keep up with the fitness Jones’ in my real life and in the blogosphere. But if I’m being honest, lately, I’m not wanting to be in a regime, a set workout program, training for a race, or posting all my workouts. I’ve enjoyed just going with the flow this summer, working out when I want and for however long or however hard as I feel.

I wanted PiYo to happen but it’s just not happening. Perhaps in the future I’ll follow the program, but mehhh just not feeling it right now. Not really even wanting to find a program at all to follow.

As depressing as this post is so far (for all my fitness-driven readers hehe) I…

Holidays, Travels

Wakulla Springs

Last weekend, my husband and I made our old college drive to Tallahassee to visit our sister- and brother- in-law. I think we could make this drive blind, as we’ve trekked up US 19 many times before, but we always enjoy it! It’s not scenic, like not at all actually, but it’s calming with not being on an interstate and all, and we’re always excited to visit the capital of our state… many memories!

Our reason for this trip was to go on a kayaking adventure with SIL and BIL. We are all about kayaking, don’t forget we’re super cool and own an inflatable one at home, and were excited to spend a day on the water with our family.

During my four years at FSU, I don’t believe I ever made the 30 minute drive out to Wakulla Springs! Wakulla is known for its paddling trails that people can partake on a canoe or kayak, and sight some wildlife while enjoying the outdoors. We rented our kayaks through T-n-T Hideaway Rentals, where SIL and BIL rode tandem in a 2-person kayak, and Ryan and I each had our own individual ones.

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We brought along a cooler filled with water and beers, along with sandwiches and spreads we picked up from Publix on the way there. Once situated in our kayaks, Ryan may or may not have had an accident reaching for his life jacket (ironically) and got a refreshing start to our trip 😉 Totally to his benefit though, because it cooled him off from the start and that day was HOT.

We took off down the river (the water is fed from Wakulla springs) in our respective kayaks, and I immediately acknowledged the workout this could become. My arms and back started talking to me within 5 minutes of rowing, and I made the mental decision right then and there I would forcefully make this a relaxing trip, as I was in no mood to be doing a workout. That being said, I trailed our team the entire trip, but was more than okay with that.

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We were paddling upstream for the first half, making those Publix goodies even more enticing once we made it to the turnaround point. We hopped out and just stood by our kayaks while eating our lunch, and also took somewhat of a dip to cool off. The water felt amazing! Once I realized how cool it was, I made sure to keep my toes dipped in off the side of my kayak for the ride back.

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The ride back went with the flow of the river, however the wind was now against us. Overall, it was still very relaxing. We spotted turtles basking in the sun, an alligator, and a few manatees! Wildlife animals make me happy… as long as they’re far enough away and I’m not in the water 😉

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We all came away with quite a bit of color (I tan/burn easily, even with multiple applications of sunscreen!) and the sun had wiped us out, but I’d say we were some happy campers. The outdoors always refreshes ya.

Tell me…

What kind of outdoorsy places do you drive to to get your fix of sun and sport?

 Any place you live nearby that is touristy, yet you’ve never been?

Do you have a Publix where you live?

(If not I highly suggest you go ahead and move to one…you’re welcome in advance)