My Cousin Adopted 2 Brothers

This morning was a very special morning. We went to Disney, as usual. What was so different about this day is that we are going to meet my cousin Joey. Now Joey is someone I grew up with, literally grew up with. We were born two days apart in the same hospital. So we’ve been close ever since. And, he just adopted two brothers! We finally got to meet them. It was their first time leaving New England, their first time on a plane and obviously their first time at Disney! And as annual passholders at Disney, Robert and I felt extremely compelled to be with them and make sure that they have the best first time ever.

I loved meeting Brauk and Blake. They fit right into the family. And to see Joey as a dad was something else. I think I was on the verge of tears most of the day. It takes a really amazing person to adopt a child, but to adopt 2, now you’ve moved up to a whole other level.

You should see their reactions after Space Mountain. Watch it here!

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The Soul of a Sailor

You know what we love about the keys? In just a 2 hour drive south you are in a tropical island where everything just slows down. The people are more relaxed and the wind isn’t disturbed by the sound of the city.


aa16a5e40b61b9b64c57c572b0d55731--blue-valentine-sailing-boatFor Christmas I got Rob a Groupon for an introduction to sailing for 2 and we haven’t been able to use until now. We called at the Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo Florida early one Sunday morning after we checked that the weather and water were going to be perfect. They said they had room for a sailing at 2pm. So, we hopped on the Harley and made our way there. When we arrived, the owner greeted us with a smile and when Rob took his hat out of the bike I realized I forgot to bring mine. The owner immediately grabbed a hat for me and said to keep it.

We walked to the tiki hut by the water at the other side of the property and met Capitan Jorge. He informed us that we will be sailing on a 22 foot Catalina called “Latin Princess.” I can’t stress enough how perfect the weather was that day. It was definitely an amazing experience.

We had only been on a sail boat once before in Key West for a sunset sail on a 105 foot Schooner and that’s when we knew we were hooked. Click here for the blog post when we went on the Schooner. When the engine shut off the wind filled the sail that was it. On the way back home I was going on and on about how we should take more lessons, sell one of our motorcycles and buy one already. Capitan Jorge was a retired cop and just inspired us. We had some great talks with him as he showed how to use the boat. The one thing he said that really stuck with us was how we need to suck it up with the jobs we don’t like because that is how we need to support our weekend adventures and that you won’t appreciate retirement unless you’ve paid your dues working hard in your life.

Link to the Groupon we used: One Learn to Sail Package for One or Two at Key Lime Sailing

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Ride to Miami Brewing Co. to Black Point and All Around South Florida

This ride was truly a great time. We did it on April 9th, 2017 and I’m just now getting around to talking about it and putting together some of the footage we took. Rob and I met on April 9th but we didn’t become official until April 20th so we say our anniversary is on the 20th but we kinda celebrate both days! I would say this ride was pretty romantic since it was just the two of us. Rob was on his Harley and I was on the Triumph. This was the last ride we went on before I sold my bike. I will probably get another bike one day soon but for now I’m on the back of Rob’s Harley.


Our first stop on this ride was to Miccosukee Resort for the breakfast buffet.

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Our next stop was at the Miami Brewing Co./Schnebly Winery for one beer and a tour around the brewery and winery. It was a very beautiful place. The beer was good but we were riding our motorcycles and didn’t want to drink anymore so we didn’t try any wine this trip. We are planning a trip back there soon.

We made a quick stop at the Homestead-Miami Speedway but it was $20 to park then we had to pay to get in and I wasn’t that interested so we moved on to the next stop.

Next we went to Black Point Ocean Grill for a snack and a cocktail. It was packed and the band was cute. They were an older couple doing covers of a lot of new music. There were a lot of bikes parked out there. Very popular place for bikers from what I hear.

Finally, our last stop was Matheson Hammock Park. Very beautiful place with amazing views of Miami and Stiltsville which is in Biscayne National Park.


We can’t wait to share our next adventure where we take a ride back down to Key Largo and take a introduction to sailing course to see if we like the lifestyle or not.

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Visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Was So Much Fun

“For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace,” John F Kennedy

I’ve been wanting to visit Kennedy space center for years now. My mom said we went when I was a kid but I don’t remember. I finally got to go in May after a weekend spent at Disney. I was always pretty fascinated with outer space and all its splendor. When we got our first computer it wasn’t just AOL and playing solitaire to me. I was able to look up photos of the solar system and star constellations and just couldn’t believe that was all out there somewhere. So being able to see the actual rockets and space ships that went out there was absolutely insane. The arts took over as I go older and cooking became my passion but I never forgot about how space made me feel.

They have the space shuttle Atlantis on display in its own building with tons things to do and see like astronaut training simulators, memorial honoring the astronauts and a shuttle launch.

The space shuttle Atlantis has been transporting astronauts to space and back for thirty years. Its maiden flight was October 3 – 7, 1985. By the end of its final mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 mi (203,000,000 km) or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Atlantis landed for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the decision to display Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at an employee event held in April 2011 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle flight:

“First, here at the Kennedy Space Center where every shuttle mission and so many other historic human space flights have originated, we’ll showcase my old friend, Atlantis.”

The bus tour was really amazing, and our tour guide was great! It was overwhelming to be taken around these grounds to be at the same place where so many historic moment happened. Movies were based off the moments that all started here. We recommend going on this tour if you are able to. If you can’t, then see the video below and you can have the pleasure to see the full tour too. The tour guide is a little cut off in the beginning because I wasn’t sure how she felt about me recording but it turned out she was ok with it.

Our last stop was to see the Saturn V rocket. The Saturn V was an American human-rated expendable rocket used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. The three-stage liquid-fueled super heavy-lift launch vehicle was developed to support the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon and was later used to launch Skylab, the first American space station. The Saturn V was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with no loss of crew or payload.

A total of 24 astronauts were launched to the Moon, three of them twice, in the four years spanning December 1968 through December 1972.

We would have stayed longer because there were so many other things to do there, like meeting an astronaut, but after a weekend at Disney we were just to tired. I can’t wait to go back. It truly is a great place to visit.

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We Rode North America’s Largest Mobile Ferris Wheel

Since 1912, during the last two weeks of January the annual South Florida Fair comes to West Palm Beach. There you will be entertained by first class stage shows, national concert performances, sensational midway rides, unique shopping and the best of fair food. You can see agricultural and livestock exhibits and pet the baby goats! Website: South Florida Fair

Last year they debuted North America’s Largest Mobile Ferris Wheel and Robert actually got me to go on it. I don’t know how he convinced me. Maybe because we had an adult beverage or maybe he is just really persuasive but it worked and I’m alive and here to tell you all about it.

OK I may have freaked out a little bit on the first turn but it got easier the next two times around. Watch it here:

Everyone came with us to the fair. My parents, their friends, my brother, his wife and kid, Robert’s mother, and two of my cousins with their significant others. We tried to stay together so I can at least see my baby niece pet some animals and try on a cowboy hat then we went one way and they another. It was a little difficult to see everything with such a large group but we still had a great time.

The food wasn’t bad at all. The fried Wisconsin cheese surprisingly didn’t make us sick (it was actually good quality) and I prefer fried Oreo’s over the fried Reese’s peanut butter cups we had.

There were all sorts of fun things to do and see, especially bull riding. None of us had the huevos to go on though.

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There was a baby chick about to hatch in one of the bird exhibits. A couple had just hatched and you could see one pecking her way out of the egg. I know this picture is a bit fuzzy but that is two separate layers of plastic I had to take a picture through.

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And the winner goes to this exhibit

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Last year was the first time I went to this fair. I never really did these kind of things growing up. Most parents take their kids to carnivals and fairs. Not mine. We traveled to Europe a lot and came down to South Florida every year (from Boston) until I was a teenager, to visit family. I genuinely didn’t know what to expect when I saw this sign. Maybe it was a hologram of some sort or mirrors reflecting an image of a small girl on to… I don’t know. What I didn’t expect to see was an actual two foot woman there being it was 2017 and everyone is offended by everything! This year I didn’t say anything and insisted to my cousin’s that they go see it. Well no one wanted to except my cousin’s husband so I went and clipped my phone to my purse strap an let it record.

It was so awkward! She was just staring at my phone and at me so I put a $1 in her tip jar. You have to see it on the video!

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2018 Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show

Rob and I have been trying to go to this motorcycle show for years now and every time it comes around he has to work. This year he is working for a different company where he has the weekends off so we finally got the chance to go. It was a lot of fun. There were rows and rows and rows of vintage bikes! I might have been a little bias in my video (below) with Triumph because I used to have a Bonneville and I swear I wanted to buy all of them.

It was amazing to see how well kept these bikes were. The best part…they all run. After watching that Discovery Channel’s mini series Harley and the Davidsons, we really became more aware of the older Harley bikes and then seeing a 1915 that was in running condition was just amazing. The owner of the bike seemed a little upset when another gentleman asked if it ran. I just couldn’t believe it when he said yes. That bike is over 100 years old!

It was a nice little treat to see someone else start up his 1947 Harley for us. Watch it on the video below. There were tons of vendors and local dealerships showcasing the new bikes. All the way in the back of the park were a bunch of tables set up with people selling old bike parts and pretty neat second hand items. I scored a really cool pair of cowboy boots to use as decoration for my bridal shower.

If you are ever in the area next year and are even slightly into motorcycles we really recommend you check it out.

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The Most Romantic Thing To Do In Key West

Robert and I both [obviously] have full time jobs and we generally only get Sundays off together. So, when the stars align and somehow we get a Saturday or a Monday  we plan a quick weekend20150906_101717.jpg getaway.

With my student loans, all of our toys (motorcycles, Waverunner ect.) and our attempt to save for a house, we don’t always have a whole lot to work with for these getaways but we still want to enjoy life nonetheless. So, when Robert got off work on Saturday, we packed up the Tahoe with our tent and camping gear, hooked up the Waverunner and made our way to Key West!

We stayed at Boyd’s Campground  which is on Stock Island. That’s the island right before Key West. When traveling on a budget, camping is the most cost effective in the keys.map

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It was April so the weather was perfect for it. They charge when you bring a watercraft along but they will put your ski in the water and take it out for you. The campsites are small but come with a grill and a picnic table. You have to pay extra for a site with an electrical outlet. We just brought our silent generator or charged our phones in the car.

The facilities were pretty clean. We didn’t spend much time at the campsite other than to shower and sleep so I cant say much about the amenities but I think there was a pool. Most of the afternoon was spent on the Waverunner exploring the islands.

Keep in mind that that the Keys are prime real estate, especially the further south you go. So doing anything down there isn’t cheap…even camping. Your campsite at Boyd’s is pretty small. But you get a grill and a picnic table and the view definitely makes up for it.

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Untitled.pngThe moment I was waiting for.
The main reason we decided Key West for this weekend.

We came down for New Years day earlier that year and were killing time before it was acceptable to go to Irish Kevin’s and begin drinking. We came across this beautiful replica sail boat. Some guy named Dex gave us a tour of this beauty and was trying to sell us spots on the sunset sailing. It was kind of expensive but they did offer unlimited beer, wine and champagne. We politely declined and walked around some more. We contemplated going back and just doing it but by the time we said “OK lets go” it was sold out.  So here we are 3 months later. I was so excited!

The two-hour sail included passed shrimp cocktail, a cheese plate, and veggies. Yes it was $85 a person but it was so worth it. It was also kind of why we camped instead of staying at a hotel. When you are out there you hear nothing but the wind blowing through the sails and the waves crashing up on the ship. I don’t think there are words to explain the feeling. I had never been on a sail boat before this so it was an experience. And there was unlimited craft beer, wine and champagne!

The Keys brag about their sunset. Well they have the right to! Take a look at these photos. There would have been more but we were to busy hugging, kissing, watching the sun set, looking into each others eyes and whispering sweet nothings into each others ears. Oh it was our 1st anniversary by the way. 🙂

I can’t wait until we go back!

Classic Harbor Line – Schooner America 2.0

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Monkey Jungle

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon in March. That’s the best month out of the year in South Florida. It’s always perfect 70-80° weather and hardly any humidity. We decided to hop onimg_20160306_145712 the Harley and just ride south. I think I was a little grumpy that day. I can’t recall exactly what happened but I believe we were supposed to do something else and I was disappointed we didn’t go.

I guess I will never know if Robert planned it but we just so happened to stumble across this place called Monkey Jungle. We parked the bike, he looked at me and his face just said “Really? Did you really think I wasn’t going to take you someplace fun?” Of course I remained silent for a bit because of my pride. I heard funny noises in the distance and saw signs as we walked toward the entrance saying it was mating season. “How gross” I thought “but this is going to be funny!” I immediately changed my tune.

Mr. Frank DuMond spent over 5 years collecting different species of plants, trees and palms from the Amazon rain forest in South America. Most of the plants collected came from within a 100-mile radius of Iquitos, Peru.

Read more of their story here

We had a lot of fun here. In fact so much fun I didn’t want to miss anything by pulling out the phone for a picture. That’s why we hardly have any visuals on this post. The price wasn’t to bad considering we spent several hours there.

Adults: $29.95
Children (3 – 9): $23.95
Seniors (65+): $27.95

You can get a coupon here

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We were caged, not them.

The spider monkeys were hilarious. Remember I said it was mating season so you can picture that cage how you wish. We also saw orangutans, a gorilla, java macaques. The 3 monkeys that were not caged were the squirrel monkeys, black-capped capuchins and howler monkeys. They live in a 7-acre forest of somewhat of a natural habitat.

There was also a section of birds and a couple of really old iguanas. We were able to feed pretty much any animal there with food you buy at the entrance. That was my favorite part.

 

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Here is a couple photos we did manage to take…