bubble wrap party

One of Toren’s favorite activities is to pop bubble wrap.  Here’s a clip of him doing some popping, helped by Debi when he can’t quite finish it off:

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Monster Toren

Toren came up with a monster costume one night and wanted us to film him flapping his monster wings:

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Alafia River Corridor hike

We tried out another new hike from the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website: the Alafia River Corridor.  This was one of the first hikes we’ve done here in Florida where I felt like I was really out in the middle of nowhere.  From the parking lot to the wider trail by the train tracks felt like untouched Florida wilderness.  Here’s Toren doing a little hiking (he did about 1/2 a mile before he wanted in the backpack):

But once we got to the train tracks, it was clear a lot of construction had taken place in the area.  There was a gas pipeline running parallel to the train tracks and the remains of a concrete bridge on the side of the trail.

Even so, there were hills!  Yep, HILLS!  Okay, these were rather small hills, but it was elevation gain, which is absolutely unheard of in Florida.  I’m not sure if the hills are natural or were constructed.  The aerial view of the hike gives me the impression they may have been constructed.  For what, I’m not quite sure, but they are a good 30 to 40 feet higher than the surrounding area.  We also saw a pack of wild pigs.  We were walking along the top of one of the hills and I saw something moving in the distance, about 80 feet away.  I stopped and we saw about 15 feral pigs or boar rooting in the ground.  I should have thought to film them, but I was more concerned for our safety since there literally was not another person for miles at that point, so I banged my walking poles together a few times.  The pigs paused, looked up, then took off down the hill.  As we started toward where they were, the daddy boar came up over the other side, looked at us, crossed the trail, then followed the rest of the pack.  Pretty cool!  I think that’s the first time I’ve seen wild pigs.

Here’s the trail and the stats:

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Name: Alafia River Corridor
Activity type: hiking
Description: Nice hike.  Saw boars.
Total distance: 7.18 km (4.5 mi)
Total time: 2:16:47
Moving time: 1:44:19
Average speed: 3.15 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.13 km/h (2.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 19.80 km/h (12.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 19.04 min/km (30.6 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 14.52 min/km (23.4 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 3.03 min/km (4.9 min/mi)
Max elevation: 23 m (76 ft)
Min elevation: -21 m (-69 ft)
Elevation gain: 246 m (808 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 01/20/2013 9:39am

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Weedon Island Preserve

Having spent far too much time at Busch Gardens over the last few months, I decided to do some hiking with Toren on Sundays instead.  Last weekend we visited Weedon Island Preserve, just across the bay in St. Petersburg.  Toren wasn’t interested in hiking and rode in the backpack the whole time, but he seemed to enjoy himself.

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The hike did have some of the best mangroves I’ve seen, which Toren likened to Dr. Octopus:

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We saw a few dead horseshoe crabs along part of the mangroves; something had figured out how to kill and eat them:

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There is a lengthy boardwalk in the preserve that is in great condition.  One branch of the boardwalk took us out to a scenic lookout of an inlet just off the bay that was quite picturesque:

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Here’s the track with our hiking stats:

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Name: 1800 Weedon Dr NE
Activity type: hiking
Description: –
Total distance: 6.32 km (3.9 mi)
Total time: 2:03:42
Moving time: 1:54:32
Average speed: 3.06 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.31 km/h (2.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.00 km/h (5.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 19.58 min/km (31.5 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 18.12 min/km (29.2 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 6.67 min/km (10.7 min/mi)
Max elevation: -15 m (-50 ft)
Min elevation: -46 m (-149 ft)
Elevation gain: 211 m (691 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 01/13/2013 10:33am

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water breath

Debi was complaining about my coffee breath this morning in front of Toren.  Toren thought it was funny, but he was clearly paying attention.  Just after Debi said that I have coffee breath, Toren told her, “I don’t drink coffee so I don’t have coffee breath.  I have water breath.”

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Toren’s latest tool for tricks

Toren’s grandmother bought him a Spiderman scooter for Christmas.  He played with it a lot, and even started to say he was doing “tricks” on it (great – broken bones, here we come).  His Uncle Steve filmed his initial foray on it while I was cooking:

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Historic Spanish Point

Another adventure over the holidays took us to Historic Spanish Point in Sarasota, which was actually quite nice.  I took a few pictures, but mostly just took everything in and carried Toren around as the tour started right during his nap time.  Toren wasn’t all that interested in most of the tour, but found other ways to entertain himself:

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booty time?

We don’t know where he picked it up – we think daycare – but Toren has been saying the word “booty” nonstop for the last month.  Everything is “booty-this” or “booty-that.”  When we ask him what “booty” means he says “bum,” but he never uses it in that context.  So, he’ll say things like, “booty pillow dordy” or “booty spaghetti bowl.”  It doesn’t make any sense.  But occasionally it’s funny, like when he said, “I love the booty” over and over:

Well, Toren, you’re not alone.  Lots of people love them some booty.

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