Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hangover Cure-Exercise

I woke up not feeling as bad as I thought I would after consuming alot of alcohol last night from a Birthday party at the Hard Rock casino....

After I had my coffee I then put on my bike gear because I  knew if I rode my bike today then I could forgive myself for drinking all those calories last night !

                                                              I got to stay on track ! 

I love the outdoors wilderness & nature so I wanted to take the scenic route so  I rode my bike through 4 parks today in Pinellas County.
                                                            Seminole City Park
                                                     Boca Ciega Millennium Park
                                                              Walsingham Park 
                                                                   Taylor Park

1st stop -Seminole City Park is located at 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole, FL 33772.
The Seminole City Park offers many activities for the family. This community park was renovated in 2001 and includes a three picnic shelters with charcoal grills, a beautiful “state of the art” band shell, three playground areas complete with play equipment for all ages, Mear Lake , access to the Pinellas Trail, and a trailside restroom facility.

 I stopped to meditate and drink my Coconut water as I ate my breakfast -1/2 protein bar while watching the birds and ducks hang out by the pond.

                                                          Great drink for Hangovers
                                                                         My Bike

                                                The male duck has the colored head 
                                      funny all the ducks were swimming in mating pairs

                                 In the lookout tree I spotted him You have to zoom in to see
2nd stop -Boca Ciega Millennium Park is located at 12410 74th Ave. N.
(Old Oakhurst Rd.)
Seminole, FL 33772

I spent majority of my time through this park today exploring ...

Boca Ciega Millennium Park was dedicated April 7, 2001. The park has been recognized by the Florida Native Plant Society for its use of natives in landscaping.
In this park, a 35-foot wooden observation tower offers a panoramic view of Boca Ciega Bay. The park is a stop on the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's "Great Florida Birding Trail". You can view shore birds, wading birds, birds of prey, upland birds & water fowl. Visitors launch a canoe or kayak, or enjoy a picnic under a shelter. The park also has a covered, barrier-free playground for kids and a dog park for both small and large dogs. The small dog park includes an obstacle course for training.

The park supports seven natural communities: pine flatwoods, coastal oak hammock, mangrove swamp, salt marsh, bay head and wetlands. Boca Ciega Millennium Park is recognized by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Great Florida Birding Trail” park visitors can enjoy searching for shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, birds of prey and a myriad of upland birds. Boca Ciega Millennium Park holds the distinction of the first Pinellas County Park to have opened using only native plants throughout the parks formal landscaping.

In 2007 a major discovery of Pleistocene age fossils offered a much older history of Boca Ciega Millennium Park. Fossil bones of Columbian Mammoth, Giant Sloth, Giant Armadillo, Saber Tooth Cat, Camel and many more amphibians, reptiles and fish are now at the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Thousands of fossils and fossil pieces are at the Museum for identification and storage, the final story of the parks history from 12,000 – 32,000 years ago is yet to be told.

In recognition as “The Millennium” park a Time Capsule with more than 100 items are secured near the entrance for future generations to discover.

                            I had to get closer not sure what the heck is in the water? Turtle?

3rd  stop-  Walsingham Park is located at 12615 102nd Ave. N. Largo FL 33778
I ride  through this park all the time during the week so today I used this park as a cut through to get to the last park destination so I didn't stop to take photos I had to meet my husband at Taylor park. 

Walsingham Park is situated on 354 acres, divided by 100-acre Walsingham Lake, one-quarter mile west of the Pinellas Trail. There are two entrances, one on Walsingham Road and one on 102nd Avenue North.

The park provides pleasant, relaxing amenities for approximately 700,000 visitors to this park each year.
Visitors picnic and enjoy recreation such as hiking, jogging, cycling, a 6 mile trail, a 10-station fitness area, bird-watching, observing many plant species, fishing an/or boating. (Boating is restricted to rowing, sailing, or electric engines--combustion engines not permitted.) Wildlife includes: snakes, tortoises, turtles, hawks, mottled ducks, herons, wrens, thrashers, warblers; as well as butterflies comprised of swallowtails, sulphurs, gulf fritillary, Carolina satyr, white peacock.

Five habitat areas have been delineated within the boundaries of Walsingham Park: botanical gardens, pine flatwoods, oak scrub, Walsingham Reservoir with detention ponds, swales and wetlands; and cleared areas. 

3rd  stop-   Taylor Park is located at 1100 8th Ave. S.W. Largo, FL 33770

Beautiful Taylor Park consists of 156.5 acres, including a 53-acre freshwater lake.

Discover the sport of disc golf on a course set in the natural beauty of this park that also hosts a tree-lined 1.8-mile multi purpose shell trail and a small island that is accessible by a bridge and an open playing field.

Access to the nearby award winning Pinellas Trail was completed in the late 1990's.

                                              Stopped to sit by the water and bird watch 

                                                  Then back on the trail to head home

                                                         Had a nice bike ride today !

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