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Move over, Lance Armstrong, I don’t think this is your kind of tour.

OK, so it wasn’t the Tour de France, but there were a lot of bikes. Bottles of water? This tour had bottles of beer. Now this is the kind of tour I like. And I didn’t have to wear a tight yellow shirt or get helmet hair.

J and I hit up the annual Tour de Bar in Palm Beach County this year. What rock have I been under?! I had never heard of this event, yet it was in its 30th or something year! It was awesome to check out local watering holes we’ve never been to; we hit up everything from a classic dive in the ghetto to a fancy marina bar on the waterfront. And nothing says ‘tour’ like a crowd, beer and police!

I wish I could buy an island.  You know, all Sir Richard Branson-like.  I’d pimp it out with hammocks made from the strongest and softest, eco-friendly material around, and then I’d invite Madonna to hang out.  Unfortunately, I’ve yet to own an airline or record company, so my island-ownership is limited.  For now, though, I just like to find myself upon a small spoil island somewhere along the Intracoastal waterway (ICW).

Spoil islands are islands composed of dredge soil,which stirred up as a result of dredging the channels.  I just read this about theislands in our area: “The great majority of islands resulted from dredging associated with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between 1951 and 1961.” Some spoil islands are sand and vegetation, but others, like Peanut Island are all fancied up with designated camp sites, picnic areas, partyers, etc.

Check out the lil’ spot we hung out at this weekend:

Our island for the day - I even found that chair on it!

view of the root system of a fallen tree

these lil' guys were swimming around us everywhere!

This weekend in pictures:

The La Diva yacht (sale price in 2005, $3.75 million) up in flames on Sunday, at the Rybovich Marina in Riviera Beach.

Took my friend, Bones, to Havana Hideout in downtown Lake Worth this weekend.  We love this place … casual, dive bar-esque, outdoors, good food and pitchers of sangria (red, white, strawberry mint)!  The place really got notoriety after being featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

I am going to SCUBA!!  Went out for my first lesson on Sunday, and it was awesome 🙂  We did some pool stuff and then hit up a shallow dive behind the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.  Wow!  Under the sea!  The owner, Jason, was awesome and so enthusiastic … you can’t help but want to get in the ocean after meeting him!

I finally made it over to Riverbend Park in Jupiter last weekend.  We set out on a full day of canoeing down the Loxahatchee that would drag our butts 8 miles or so (I think) and end us at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  My shoulders started burning a little bit just typing that.  It was a full day.  (They quoted us that it’d be 6 to 7 hours of paddling, but we managed in about 4 to 4 1/2.)  But an awesome one, of course 🙂

It’s always great for me to get out, canoe/kayak/whatev, in South Florida because it reminds me that it’s not all strip malls, chain restaurants and highrise condo buildings.  Florida is also wildlife – we saw turtles, our friend Jodie almost hit a gator with her paddle, ospreys – and great scenery.

And, a river adventure is great for working on those relationship-building skills.  To kill or not to kill, that is the question!  Our mode of transportation (read: bad canoe that we shouldn’t have used, but did anyway) was challenging and we thought we were going to tip over every 60 seconds.  It didn’t help that the river was bending left and right like Chubby Checker, plus the fact that we had a cooler full of beverages in tow.  But we made it!

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