Hello friends! How was your weekend? Is anyone else ready for winter to be over yet? I know, I know. It hasn’t even really started.
Before I came back to the arctic tundra Asheville, I had a great time hanging out with my Dad for a few days in Orlando.
The hubs had a business retreat in Fort Myers, so I decided to take my laptop and camera and work from my old home for a few days. What a luxury!
Dad and I took it pretty easy and didn’t do many of the typical Orlando things. I more just went with him to do what he normally does.
One of our outings was to Lake Eola. Dad is walking a lot lately and this downtown lake is a favorite for fitness and views.
Lake Eola is known for the huge number of birds that hang out on the water or nearby. Beautiful swans are the most prevalent.
When I was kid a remember begging to take one of these boats out. These versions look a lot fancier than the ones that were around many years ago.
You guys know I am a sucker for animals, so of course I bought some food to feed the birds (healthy approved food, of course.) They practically swarmed me! It was so much fun.
Dad is also part of a group that meets several times a week to walk on Disney property. The group walks several miles at a time and get some great exercise. The week I was there they picked walks that didn’t require a Disney pass (around resorts) so I could come along.
It was so nice to see some of the Disney magic and without spending a fortune!
He has some great friends in this group and it was a pleasure meeting them.
Another day we drove out to the beach. Cocoa beach is the closest beach from Orlando and the one my Dad most often goes to.
I really just wanted to see the ocean. I am such a beach girl.
The irony is that when I lived in Orlando I hardly ever went to the beach. I guess it didn’t seem as special when it was always just there.
My Dad was a good sport though and drove the hour just for me to see the water.
Dad has lost 80 POUNDS from diet and exercise! Can you tell? I should have him write a post on how to do it!
To make the most of our outing we stopped at Ron Jon’s surf shop. I’m such a cheesy tourist!
After picking up a few souvenirs and some pictures we went to lunch.
We ate seafood on the coast! What a perfect day.
I had such a nice and relaxing time in Orlando! It was nice to not run around like crazy trying to see all the theme parks in one trip.
I did miss seeing The Mouse though! Maybe next time 🙂
I’m off to do my first round of grocery shopping for our epic Thanksgiving feast. Wish me luck!
Did you move away from “home?”
Do you ever walk for exercise?