Adventures at Bunche Beach

Getting caught up on my Florida adventures so you can see what the heck I’ve been doing the past few months. Sorry for being away for a while and thanks to everyone who kept reading. Things were a little crazy and I just couldn’t seem to find the inspiration to write here.  I’m turning myself around and feeling excited, inspired and ready to take on new challenges!

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Back in December Jason took me down to Bunche Beach to search for more wonderful things.  Bunche Beach was historically a segregated beach (now open to the general public) and named after Dr. Ralph Bunche, a famous black American who was a mediator for the United Nations.  It is a natural tidal wetlands area on San Carlos Bay and is now called the San Carlos Bay / Bunche Beach Preserve.  A really interesting fact about Bunche Beach is that it is an environmentally friendly facility and the water & electric are solar powered.

It was a bit windy and just after the cold snap so there were some cool dead marine life on the beach.  There were a TON of birds as well and I couldn’t resist chasing them off the sandbar.  Check out the video below to watch me being ridiculous.

Nurse Shark

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Seaweedy stuff

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Frozen Spider Crab aka Decorator Crab

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Frozen Baby Hermit Crab

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Frozen Baby Horseshoe Crab

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That’s it for my adventure to Bunch Beach.  I’ve got tons more stuff to share with you guys

Sunshine & Palm Trees

Just a quick update today.  Packed my house all night and hopefully I hear about the apartment we want for Dec 1.  Otherwise Kyle & I are going to be homeless and sleeping on couches til Jan 1.  I really don’t want to move on my birthday so keep your fingers crossed!

I’m going back to Florida today and leave for the airport in an hour.  It feels like Christmas I’m so excited to go back and see my new Pony :) Who knew?

I’ve got to work during the week while I’m there but luckily I need my Mac, my Blackberry & an internet connection and I can work anywhere.  Gonna try my best to work on the beach under an umbrella.  How amazing would that be?  It’s such a beautiful island that I’m going to and it’s going to be warm & sunny the whole time.  I was feeling a little guilty about having another trip so soon, but I’ve been working so hard and been through a lot of crap this year that I deserve it!

Sunset on Fort Myers Beach

Gotta pack a few more boxes before I leave.

Have a great weekend!

I Found You Some Wonderful Things

After Halloween we needed a day in the pool so Tanya and I met up with Jason to walk down to Diamondhead Resort where my Mugga was staying.  Got to meet one of the coolest dogs in the world Irwin, an Australian Cattle Dog and he conned me into throwing a ball for him all week. Such a nice dog.

Irwin

Spent the day in the water drinking Rum Runners and then went down to the ocean for the first time in years.  I’m pretty scared when I can’t see the bottom but I walked out up to my waist to the sandbar.  Pretty brave.

Jason, Carly, Tanya

Had an early night and woke up the next day to do some work, then Jason took me on an adventure around the islands.  We went to a lighthouse (don’t remember what it was called) and drove around Captiva and Sanibel Islands.  Then he took me to a wildlife reserve because I wanted to see a real live alligator.  It took 4 miles and being eaten alive by noseums (sp?) but we finally found one.  I was pretty excited but scared that it was going to run and get us, but he just stayed in the water and stared.

After Alligator hunting we went to meet up with Tanya, Jenny & some of their friends at Outrigger to have drinks and watch the sunset.  It was so beautiful to watch on the beach and there were dolphins playing in front of us.  So beautiful.  And walking back in to shore I found a hermit crab!

Jenny & Tanya

Popout

After sunset we went out for dinner at S.O.B and I tried some Yellowfin Tuna.  It was so good I ate 5 bites.  I know it doesn’t seem like much but I’ve never eaten fish.  Was never in my diet growing up and I don’t really like anything I’ve tried.  Sushi I don’t mind but this was excellent.  I will definitely order it for myself the next time I’m in Florida :)

Spent the day with Tanya & Jenny which was really nice to have girl time.  Got to meet her beautiful dog Maddy.  I really want one of my own!  Then Kris came down and we tried to catch a stormy sunset.  It was too cold and windy so it didn’t last long.

Me & Kris

A few more days of beaches, drinking and sun and then I was supposed to fly home.  Instead I changed my flight at the last minute and ended up staying for 4 more days.I have to say that it was probably the best vacation I’ve had in a long time.  I couldn’t have met a more awesome person down there and the last 4 days were amazing.

We spent the days drinking on the beach watching the sun set at night – I got to see baby dolphins learning how to fish in shallow water. We watched some men work while they built a bonfire, and we relaxed in a hammock together that was supported by these very sturdy hammock stands, (which I ended up buying for myself,  once I returned home). I later went to eat at Baywalk Cafe, and it was amazing, I had a gourmet beans & rice dinner made for me.

Jill, Irwin & I by the fire

Found a cool beach area to hang out just the two of us.  I also got a whole jar full of wonderful things from Florida – starfish, seashells, fossil.  I asked tons of questions about everything I saw and actually learned quite a lot.  Did you know that there are 3 different types of mangrove trees – red, white & black – and I can tell you what seeds are from which tree.

I saw a dead horseshoe crab, a lizard eating a mole cricket, sand fleas – which aren’t really fleas at all, just creepy white roachy looking bugs – UGH.  I saw a huge palmetto – which looks like a giant cockroach – inside a carnivorous plant. I got to watch dolphins a whole bunch of times – which will never get old – and pelicans fishing. It was a real wildlife adventure and my tour guide knew pretty much everything I asked about.  I also got to watch him marry a couple in a trailer park, which was pretty awesome too.  Such a great adventure.

I also got tattooed, which some of you saw on FB.  I’ll post the session right after this so you can see.

I really had the best vacation I could’ve asked for and it completely changed my perspective on all the crap from the month before.  Now I’m back and better than before.  Feels great!

Our beach spot

Halloween in Ft Myers Beach

So you may have noticed that I went MIA in the middle of my 30 Days of Blogging Challenge.  I don’t want to talk about it so I’m not.  All you need to know is that I’m back and better then ever!

Regular blogging is starting again today.  I’m going to try and post daily so we’ll see how that goes.  I’ve had quite the adventure so far this month.

My mom sent me to Florida for a week at the end of October to clear my head and visit my cousin who was home for vacation.  I really needed the break after the stress of the month and it really helped me put my life in perspective.  I feel like a brand new girl and it’s time for me to do all the things I’ve wanted but couldn’t being tied down or with responsibilities.  I’ve got to look after me and Harley now and he’s pretty easy going :)

I’ll be sharing more about these new ideas in the coming weeks but right now I want to show you all the wonderful things from Florida.

Sookie – cutest 3 legged dog ever

Me & Tanya

Day 1 was Halloween at The Buddha – it was pretty fun but Tanya and I were tired so we went home early.

On Halloween night Tanya and I got dressed up and went down to a grown up house party with our family.  Had some drinks and snacks and then went over to meet up with her brother Kris.  We walked in to Kyle getting his costume on and he needed some help doing his makeup.

Getting Kyle ready for his debut

It was even funnier when his mom came home.  Then we headed over to The Cottage to meet up with Jenny & the Harlem Globe Trotters.  The girls looked so great and I had an awesome time.

It was so nice to wear a dress and no jacket outside.  I didn’t bring a costume so I was going as a Canadian and then Tanya found these clip in horns.  Apparently my devilish ways worked in Florida :)

Caleb is 6’7″

So fun to hang with my cousins and Florida friends.  I could totally be an island girl

Kyle’s rack is courtesy of Tanya & I as well.  We’ve got bra stuffing skills.

We had such a blast on Halloween and then I met Captain America.  Who knew spandex and tube socks were so hot?

Almost have the rest of the vacation photos up and I’ll post later today.  For a look at them all click HERE

My Bud Camp

Back in August Casie and I went to Bud Camp, courtesy of Andrew Gayle & Mosaic.  I posted the video but not any of the photos.  You can see all the photos HERE

We took the bus up with the Bud Girls and the whole group of them were really nice and fun.  It was a long ride and our cell phones stopped working about halfway there.  No service near Napanee and it was a race to see which cell company would work when we got to camp.  My Bell phone worked most of the way and I was able to get reception at some places in the camp.

First night was a party, they had a cover band from Quebec that were pretty awesome and we stayed got shuttled back to our bed & breakfast around 2am.  Didn’t get woken up on Saturday until 11am and we missed out on White Water Rafting (but we didn’t care).

We had the choice of staying in one of these cabins – no heat, hydro, bathrooms or at a bed & breakfast offsite.  We chose the bed & breakfast offsite & shared it with Brock & T-Rex (the 1 Love TO guys) and their friend Avery.

I’m clashing all over the place.  Red & pink all weekend.

Me with some babes

It was POURING rain and freezing cold, so we ate breakfast and sat in front of the fire.  Ended up meeting Colin & Troy, who also didn’t make it to rafting.  Colin runs Boonstock, which Hail The Villain played at on their summer tour and Troy is a crazy snowmobiler on Team Thunderstruck.  Ended up spending the day with them and a couple other people who didn’t make it to the activities, keeping dry & warm, drinking and walking around when there was a break in the rain.

This is me & Casie not 4 wheeling in the rain.

We seemed to be a bit of a novelty at the camp.  Non-Bud girls and Non-Winners.  Everyone wanted to take pictures with us.  These guys may or may not have just told us they found a bar close by.

This was our little chipmunk friend outside one of the cabins we hung out in.  He was super friendly and came right up and took nuts out of Troy’s hand.  Casie didn’t really like the chipmunk :)

This is Casie & I not doing Paintball – although we didn’t do the activities we had a blast.  I love doing Bud Camp our way.

And then the Vitamin water silly starts.

Guess who’s feet were cold and wet?

The food at Bud Camp was amazing.  They actually had vegetarian options and I was in heaven.  This was a veggie chili in a bread bowl and it saved my life after a day of drinking.  Eating this is what led to me not having to leave the party early :)

On Saturday night The Arkells played and it was my first time hearing them live.  I got to be up on someone’s shoulders for most of the show until security made us get down.  After the show was a huge fireworks display and then they lit a car on fire.  Crazy.  Everyone was cool at Bud Camp.  There weren’t any fights that I saw/heard of, people were just laughing, dancing and partying.

After the Bud Girls went back to their hotel it turned into an all guys dance party.  It was so hilarious to watch all the jocks try and show each other up.  Guys were doing flips, kartwheels, handstands and ripping off their shirts.  I’ve never seen anything like it and we couldn’t stop watching.  So crazy.

Thanks to Andrew Gayle and everyone at Mosaic & Bud Camp for taking us up there and showing us a great time.  I hope we get to go again next year and I hope we get to go on the Bud Light Cruise!