If there's a quirky attraction, I want to see it. As a family, we actually spent a year of our lives visiting every Ripley's Believe It or Not we could find. I guess we're easily amused.
Here's the latest roadside attraction oddity we checked off our to do list: Spook Hill in Lake Wales. We visited on our way home from the Brick Dash 5K and Bok Tower Gardens, which I also recommend.
Retro Spook Hill Sign
Present Day Spook Hill Signage
Video of Our Spook Hill Experience
Play the video below to experience rolling uphill at Spook Hill.
There you have it. Gravity is unworldly at Spook Hill! I have to admit I don't scare easily in broad daylight. I think it would be fun to do this late at night or at dusk on Halloween. Baaaahaaaahaaaa!
I did some research on the white steel structure I saw on the Pier approach. It's going to be an open market called the Marketplace at the St. Pete Pier.™
The Marketplace includes kiosk and tent vendors. There will be 7 market stalls and 10 tents when it opens. If you have a business and want to lease a stall you can download an application on the Pier website. The application deadline is August 9, 2019.
Below are renderings of the Marketplace from Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.
Add the Pier to Your Downtown Running Route
I can't wait to add the Pier and all it's views to my downtown running route.
The walkable waterfront includes a fishing pier, coastal thicket, sloping lawn, Spa Beach, and overlook. The continuous pedestrian path goes along the approach, loops past the restaurant and the Pier. Check out the animated tour video below.
Hard construction is expected to finish in late 2019. The Pier opens to the public in 2020.
Note: The renderings and abstracts are subject to change as the design.
A few of my views from my long run the other day. It was hot, humid, and beautiful! I love running in downtown St. Pete. Saw 3 dolphins and did plenty of people watching.
If you're on social media, you probably noticed a lot of year in review posts. After seeing a few, I wondered how my year would look.
Top Nine Instagram Posts
You can use an online app to create your top nine posts for Instagram in 2018. I used the Top Nine App to generate my graphic. Download yours with the watermark for free, or without the watermark for $1.99. Here's my free version:
One glance and it's obvious races, BibRave, and my AfterShokz headphones are most popular. The Top Nine app revealed I had 7.5k likes on 197 posts in 2018.
Next, I thought about a 2018 theme Instagram didn't reveal. Dinosaurs. 2018 was the year of the dinosaur for me. Let me show you what I mean.
Dinosaur Theme in 2018
Technically, the year of the dino began on Dec. 30, 2017. Maybe that's why Top Nine didn't see it. Also, it could be because this post was on Twitter.
It took a couple more months until I found my next dinosaur. I spotted a Santa Dino (Santa Dino?) in early April. That's right, he had on a hat and had a gift to give. Although the sign encouraged me to take him home, I didn't. Where would I keep a Santa Dino?
Dino #4, 5, 6, 7
I found lots of fun stuff over the summer, but no more dinos until I hit the jackpot in September.
My neighborhood embraces Halloween. There are decorations on decorations on decorations. And yes, they go up early. Check out the 4 Halloween dinosaurs below.
These creatures brought my total dino count to 7 for the year.
Dino #8? Maybe, Maybe Not.
Found this guy at the end of October. Now, I know a dino and dragon are technically different. But they seem similar enough to me.
Sure, a dino doesn't breathe fire. And, a dragon is a myth. But other than that: big scary creatures that roar. Right?
I guess it depends on how seriously you take the #SeenOnARun game. I'm going to count him.
What's Ahead for 2019?
I've had 5 neighborhood runs so far this year. I've seen a drone, a man's suit jacket, and a baby's sock. I don't see a theme yet. And no, I didn't bring anything home.
Here's to a new year filled with fun runs. I hope you find lots of interesting things while you're out and about!
Today at lunch, I ran along the waterfront in downtown St. Pete. It's one of my favorite routes. There are water views and people-watching opps.
It was 78 degrees with 85% humidity. Yet, the steady breeze made it pleasant. When I reached the south yacht basin near Albert Whitted Park, I heard the boat chimes.
The sound comes from all the ropes and wires hitting the sailboat masts. When you have a bunch of sailboats together, it sounds like bamboo chimes to me. I've posted a short video below so you can hear it.
(Video credit: This Old Runner)
I'm sure the sound isn't as pleasant to sailors trying to sleep at night. But, to me it was a soulful, soothing sound found on my run. And look at those clouds!
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2021 BDR Schedule:
Feb. 6-7: Safety Harbor
March 6: Orlando
March 28: New Orleans