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You can spot the clueless runners, they are running in the middle of the day. To escape the heat locals run in the early morning or after sun set.
The most popular local place for a run is the beach sidewalk. Even if you don’t run then at least get out and walk or watch. In the morning, even before dawn, there will be runners on the side walk, all shapes and sizes.
There are mile markers but you will miss them. Basically it’s 2.5 miles from the South Parking entrance by the kiosk to the top of the beach. 5 miles round trip.
Remember to drink. I use the showers on the beach, it’s drinking water.
Just south of Las Olas is a road called 'Hall of Fame'. The Swimming complex called 'Swimming Hall of Fame’, the Zoo health club and St Barts Coffee shop make this THE corner for active locals. On Saturdays take and early breakfast at St Barts and watch the show go by. St Barts is athlete friendly, free water cooler by the door. Casual place where you will be warmly greeted, even when hot and dripping after running. They don't mind if you come in with wearing Rollerblades or wearing a thong.
By the south parking lot, there is a new exercise course with stations, bars and such.
For race info check the Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners site. All local running races are listed on there. If you can do on of the club races, or River Walk Run all the better. RiverWalk 5 Mile is an interesting down town neighborhood tour.
Thursday Social run from George English Park on Sunrise 6:30, out and back. On sunday endurance in Dearfied, Track Wednesdays etc,,,
RunningWild - A running store with race apps and running info, close to the beach. From the beach go inland on Sunrise Blvd for ½ mile, then turn north on US1 (Federal Highway) and on the west side just past the IHOP.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
If you can't feed yourself...there is always a friendly waiter ready to assist. Our friend Angie was fed some ice cream by our waiter Eduardo...... I think he definitely enjoyed doing it. We all had a good laugh watching this at the table.
Written Nov 7, 2009
The Princess Patter is the Daily newsletter aboard Princess ships. The Patter informs passengers of the days activities, entertainment, daily drink specials, lectures, food options and port information. The patter is delivered every night to the guest's stateroom with information for the following day.
Written Nov 7, 2009
One thing I have noticed through our many cruises is how many disabled travelers are onbaord. We have spoken with several of them and they feel that cruising is disabled guest friendly. We have seen the special rooms, with roll in showers, special beds and larger door frames. The ships have plenty of elevators and flat surfaces for wheelchairs and scooters to navigate. Priority boarding and disembarking is also a perk for the disabled traveler.
We both found it great that the cruise industry caters to people with diabilities. So many destinations are often not friendly for those with mobility problems. Now all we have to do is convince Liz's Dad that he too can do a cruise just like so many other disabled people.
Updated Jun 24, 2009
There is an ATm machine by the Guest Relations Desk if you ned cash. There really is no need for cah aboard the ship since every purchase and even tips can be charged to your seapass acount. So avoid thhe high ATM fees and if you need cash bring it ahead of time.
Written Feb 2, 2009
It always bothers me to see people on vacation with a sour expression on their face. You're on vacation...smile and have a drink! Liz and I always have a great time whether we are with a new set of friends we've just made or just with each other. Making friendly conversation with the staff is always helpful and gets you better service.
Liz is the more social of the two of us. She always makes friends and finds interesting people. By the end of the cruise she knows every bartenders name and remembers all the people we've met and where they are from. It's amazing how she retians all that information.
Updated Jan 30, 2009
If you forget what day it is because you are so totally relaxed, don't worry. The days of the week are on the bottom of the elevator floors and changed daily. On one of our cruises the kids must have been bored and decided to take the day plate and hide it on the poor guy whose job it is to change the day.
Written Jan 29, 2009
The Muster Drill is the safety drill that is mandatory on all cruise ships. The Muster Drill was held at 4:30 pm on the sailing day. In each stateroom there are lifejackets and a sign telling you where to report for the drill. The drill is mandatory and attendance is taken. The drill takes about 10-15 minutes and isn't too bad. You never know when you might need to know some safety measures.
Written Jan 28, 2009
The Cruise Compass is the daily "paper" of the cruise ship. The Cruise Compass is put in your stateroom each night for the next day's schedule. The Cruise Compass lists the ports, activities, meetings, events, drink of the day, dining schedule and other important information that passengers need.
Written Jan 26, 2009
Bring water with you when you go for a driving trip. The roads are long, you will probably turn on the air conditioner, and your body will lose moisture. When you drive to the Keys from Fort Lauderdale, a trip of 4 hours, remember to drink water along the way. The photo shows the old railway bridge that was destroyed in the 1930s by a big hurricane. It makes a great platform for fishing and a place for birds to wait on while they look for fish.
Written Aug 24, 2002
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