Peacocks, Oranges, Casey Key, Rosie O, Wait, Wut?

Hello from Venice, Florida. Yes, I’m in Venice now….I’ll explain in a sec….

This morning I got up and ran 5 miles. I ran fartleks. That wasn’t the original plan, but when you’re trying to chase down Pre the Peacock to take a friggin picture, you run fartleks or you don’t get the picture. And in case you didn’t know it, Pre is fast….but I caught up to him anyway:

Pre Peacock

My Peacock from the neighborhood

You should really come over and run with me sometime just so you can see how he taunts me. It’s so obvious. But you should come and see it anyway.

After my run, Mom, MacGyver and me decided to come to Venice for the next few days. It’s a little cloudy but there are still a lot of things to do and malls that we haven’t been to yet, duh.

The first stop was Nokomis Groves, YUM! Must have oranges and tangerines and fresh squeezed orange juice and orange jelly, orange marmalade, and, you get the point.

Nokomis Groves

Nokomis Groves has been open for 65 years in the very same location and they are famous not only for their oranges, but also for their orange ice cream. People stand
in line forever! And it’s totally worth it. We get the orange ice cream mixed with vanilla and it taste like the best creamsicle EVER!

Nokomis groves ice cream

After we stocked up on the basics fruit and ice cream, we took a drive over to Casey Key. It’s an absolutely beautiful 8 mile long island located only 5 minutes from my house down here. I wanted to go drive down the entire key to look for a certain celebrity who just bought a house here just because, it’s so beautiful:

Casey Key Florida

It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. And there are a lot of celebrities and famous people who live there. One of the residents told me a famous author, somebody with a last name like King or something like that, lives here. And more recently, a former talk show host who may or may not have been in a movie with Madonna, purchased a home on the Island. I’m not a creeper or anything but I wanted to see her it and so we took a little drive down. This is one of the neighboring homes:

Casey Key home

Oh wait, actually, that was the guest house. Oh, to live like the rich and famous.

And this is one of my favorite places on the Island. It’s a quaint little hotel on the South end.

Casey Key Hotel On The Beach

It’s called ‘On the Beach’. It’s cute, isn’t it?

So that’s my day so far. We’re headed out now for some more shopping and sight seeing and maybe a bike ride on the trail.

I’m so excited to run the legacy trail in the morning! I just love it! Venice is awesome, you should come down here and run with me.

What’s your favorite place? Tell me why?