Eight miles and birds having bad hair days.

Good Morning from lovely, little Nokomis, Florida.

Nokomis, Florida
It’s been an interesting and relaxing weekend and just what we needed after a hectic and stressful long week. I decided to take a rest day from running last Friday and MacGyver and I, along with the two dogs, headed down here to Nokomis.

Shortly after we arrived we hit up a few garage sales and then worked on the house for most of the afternoon. At some point I decided to take a break and go down to the dock and just relax.

And then some random guy decided to join me.

Great Blue Heron

Why, hello there. Come here often?

I’m pretty sure that’s a Great Blue Heron.  He was majestic and he just sat there the entire time, a mere few feet from where I was. In all the time I’ve lived in Florida I’ve never actually gotten this close to one before.  When I finally did get up to leave he shook his feathers out and let out a bird sound.  They really sounds more like a high-pitched duck with a sore throat.

Great Blue Heron feathers

I wasn’t sure if he felt threatened or if this was his mating dance.

But then he did this…

Great Blue Heron, bad hairAnd that’s when I realized he was just having a really bad hair day.  I completely empathize with him.

On Saturday morning I got up and ran 8 miles. Eight. Miles. I left the house around 6:50AM and hit up the Legacy Trail. I thought about running the other way toward the Venetian Parkway Trail but it has a huge bridge going over the Tamiami Trail and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to put any stress on my ankle.  Well, there’s that and the fact that it’s a hill but in the end that eight miles sure felt good.

On Saturday Night MacGyver and I went over to see the parents and they took us to Café 776 in Englewood.  It’s not the swankiest of places but the food was really good and the portions were enormous!  I would definitely go back and if you’re ever in the Englewood area, I highly recommend it.

After dinner we took a little ride down to Blue Star Memorial Park. I never knew it was there but it was absolutely lovely.

Blue Star memorial park

blue star


Since I had 30 miles in for the week and the clocks moved forward I decided not to run on Sunday. It also sucks because whereas I used to be able to head out at 6:40 and the sun would be out, now I have to wait until after 7:30 and that is so irritating. Daylight savings time really annoys me, in case you couldn’t tell.

It was very windy on Sunday but MacGyver and I threw caution to the wind and took the boat out anyway. We also brought these two vagabonds along…

Boomer boat

Girl, who you callin a vagabound?

dachshund hank

Where the hell are all the fish?

They hadn’t been on the boat in forever and they were so excited. It was the perfect day for them, not too hot, not too cold, and fortunately MacGyver and I caught four of the largest sheephead we’ve ever seen which really impressed them. Or not, they didn’t say either way, it’s just what I choose to believe.

And with that I need to get to work, but quickly before I go, what do you think of this mailbox?

motor mail box
I want to make one of these for our house down here. I think MacGyver would love it and we need a new post anyway since I took ours out a few times trying to park the boat and trailer.  I could write our last name on the side using the Mercury or Johnson font, cute idea or no?

What did you do this weekend? Did you run?

What do you think of the Great Blue Heron?

4 thoughts on “Eight miles and birds having bad hair days.

    • Did you like it? What did you think of the bridge? I wish I could have been there, we were out on the water with the dogs but I totally would have come out to cheer you on if I could have! I’m so glad you got to run it! 🙂

      • Well one of my running friend’s got a little cocky and I was a lemming. We joined the 2:15 group which I cannot maintain. I barely managed that pace up the bridge. And doing that killed my legs for the rest of the race (yes the bridge still is at the start of the race lol). I think the bridge is just as bad as 17th St. Everyone said it was easier. Didn’t seem that much easier.
        I really wonder how many runners were from my area.

        Next stop is Viera for 10 miles…

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