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Lead Is Heavier Than Styrofoam.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

If someone said "Lead is heavier than styrofoam" to you, you'd just accept it and move on, right?

Why then, are so many folks compelled to correct someone when they say "muscle is heavier than fat"? Usually in the context of why they're gaining instead of losing weight when they start a strength training regimen.


C'mon, you know what they mean. Everyone here knows a pound is a pound, it's just easier to speak like a normal person and say "muscle is heavier than fat" than go into a verbal pretzel explaining how mass, volume and weight correlate.

"Oh you may be gaining weight because, by volume and mass - muscle, will be proportionately heavier than the same mass of fat. Since you are losing fat mass and gaining muscle mass, you may be increasing in weight, due to the inverse weight distribution of the two masses, i.e. fat mass and muscle mass."

Or you could simply say, "Dude, muscle is heavier than fat and you're losing fat and gaining muscle".


Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Donning my flame-proof underwear as I type.

  
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NINJA_SMOO 5/10/2013 10:36AM

  Hahaha! I think I've had this exact conversation at least 8 times. Thanks for the blog!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/10/2013 10:20AM

    Yes, there are nudniks everywhere!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/9/2013 10:20AM

    Great thoughts

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CM_GARDNER78 5/9/2013 7:23AM

    I think people argue just for the sake of arguing. To prove they are right. To prove you are wrong. To feel superior. I don't know - either way, people need to lighten up. Over big and small things. Life would be so much happier.

I'm off to contemplate the reasons for needing flame-proof underwear! ;-) Ha! You have a great day too!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/9/2013 6:56AM

    No flames here, only I'm not sure everyone really does understand the difference when they use that common phrase.

Too many times I've heard weight gain explained away by that phrase when in reality they're eating way more than their workouts are burning off.

That's how I happily carried my extra weight for all those years. Well meaning friends would tell me how strong and fit I was and of course "muscle weighs more than fat." It turned into another excuse.

I know all about body builders and NFL quarterbacks, but I don't think society is suffering from an overabundance of muscle.

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/9/2013 6:26AM

    food for thought

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SEABREEZE65 5/9/2013 6:18AM

    Lots of great comments.....



Oh, the blog is good too!!!
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FANGFACEKITTY 5/9/2013 3:58AM

    I don't know, I am sometimes one of those perfectionist control freaks who would be compelled to point out that lead is not "heavier" than styrofoam because a pound of one weighs the same as a pound of the other. emoticon

Because, sadly, there are plenty of people who do not understand that what you really mean is one is denser than though other so packing the muscle into the exact same volume once occupied by the fat does mean you will "gain"...they really believe muscle is heavier than fat.

I need to learn to let it go. I think I will go transfer my Chuck Berry downloads to my iPod and go for a run with the new tunes. emoticon

P.S. when I was a kid we took a road trip from Michigan to SoCal - with stops in alot of states north and south - in an RV listening to Chuck Berry, Elvis, and loads more from the 50s and 60s...on 8 track tapes. So I come by my interest honestly.

Of course I acquired a liking for Abba almost the same way, so there is no accounting for taste or sanity lol.

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KANDOLAKER 5/8/2013 11:40PM

    Deep thinking - love it!

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NATPLUMMER 5/8/2013 9:53PM

    Being a scientist, it really irks me when people say that muscle is heavier than fat....can't help but get annoyed.
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RUN4FOOD 5/8/2013 7:32PM

    Good job explaining something simple that many people have trouble accepting. Many people think weight loss should be a straight downward line. It isn't.
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OWL_20 5/8/2013 6:57PM

    Oh boy, my brain hurts. LOL Great subject matter and teaching moment, even though it might be a bit flame producing for the crowd. Flame-retardant underwear, indeed! emoticon

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AUNTWILLIE 5/8/2013 6:30PM

    Yeah, that makes me crazy, too. And all too often, these are the same folks who can't seem to get their pronouns lined up or their subjects and verbs to agree.

Muscle weighs more than fat BY VOLUME. End of discussion.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/8/2013 6:28PM

    I agree with you, having had the flames fired at me.
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Now I say (if I pipe up at all), an inch of muscle is heavier than two inches of fat. That might even be true.
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DALID414 5/8/2013 6:28PM

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That lecture blew my mind professor!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/8/2013 6:27PM

    LOVE IT! I don't know what is better - your blog or that you have fire-proof underwear!

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My Mind Wanders During Long Runs.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I don't know what it is about running that make my mind wander so. Today I was doing a 7 mile run, which became 7.5 miles by its end. It was drizzling rain and not too hot. I felt good.

Around mile 5 or so, my mind starts drifting. I'm looking for motivation to do a better run. I'm glad I am able to run at all, but need to push myself, even though I'm no spring chicken anymore.

My thoughts always go back to my youth, remembering how strong and tough I was way back then. This happens so frequently to me - I think back and use that youthful strength I once had to pull me along now as an aged runner.

I remember when I was in Navy boot camp. How they pushed us so hard. But I overcame everything they could throw at me, as did all my shipmates that finished with me. 5 ft 8 1/2 inches tall and 120 pounds. Hey, when you're a mere 5'8", yes that extra 1/2 inch is worth reporting. Anyway, I was lean and mean. I could do 100 pushups in closer to one minute than two minutes time. They pushed us hard, and it was easier for me than the heavier guys. Lower body weight is a good thing when doing calisthenics - using one's own body weight for resistance. Easier to do pushups when you're 120 pounds than if you are 160 pounds.

Also, I swam like a fish. I had the super strong lungs, probably because I grew up on the beach and swam every day in the summer, usually for hours on end. My strong lungs remain today.

These are the things I remember. I know I can't be that kid again, but I use these memories when I have to dig a bit deeper, or even just to continue when I am getting tired. I realized this today - that I have the same recurring thoughts.

Some people use music to give them strength. I do, but not often. I used it when I did my second marathon. Just after the half marathon mark, I plugged in my music, listened and felt a bit younger, a bit more energetic. . I like the stuff from when I was a kid. Who doesn't, right? We like it because it makes us feel young for a while. I don't spoil myself with music motivation, I use it when I need it.

When I hear Chuck Berry singing "Maybelline" or "Johnny B. Goode" I can be 16 years old again. I run faster, I fool the old body that I can still do 100 pushups and run like the wind. I don't of course, but I do go faster and longer.

We all have our own way of dealing with exercise and keeping ourselves motivated. These are just a couple of thoughts I had on my run today.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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HISTORYRUNNER 5/12/2013 11:52PM

    Late but appreciative reader here - very thoughtful and helpful blog. I think it's great that you can connect with your past to help push you through the present moment. It's all about connectedness and wholeness, right? emoticon

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/10/2013 11:29AM

    I use repetitive motion as a tool for good thinking. Digging trenches is a good one, too. The longer you dig, the more problems you solve. I can work out problems with the spouse, with the boss, with the kids, with the Senate and House... all these people and places can be righted in my head if I just do enough manual labor.

Sometimes I find if I run/dig long enough, the problem wasn't that I didn't have the right answer at the time, it was that I didn't see enough possible points of view, including theirs...

I agree with you that music is a last resort. That's for when you've done the thinking that needs to be done. When you put the ear buds in, you are ready for someone else's thinking. You've already solved all your problems and all the rest of the world's and now you are at peace.

Or maybe you are just in denial about all that stuff and need a beat to make your feet follow.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/10/2013 10:23AM

    I love runs when my mind wanders!
As for music, it's not unusual for me not to turn on the music until half way through a marathon, especially the RnR ones.


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DALID414 5/6/2013 6:39PM

    I report my 1/2 inch too! At 5'2.5" I need all the inches I can get!

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OWL_20 5/5/2013 8:44PM

    Hi Navy!

Although I use it in the gym, I don't run with music. But I'm not on any long runs as of yet, either. I do love the fact that music can take you back to places or people you've forgotten. Pulling from the past to the present--yeah, I like that a lot.

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/5/2013 1:43PM

    Your mind can wander all it wants...as long as it finds its way home again!

I can't run without music. Well, physically I can but I'm even slower without it and the run itself is much harder.

At least that is what my music addicted brain swears is true.

I love Chuck Berry and the "oldies". I think I will add some songs to my iPod collection tonight.

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MSSHERRY4 5/5/2013 11:30AM

    Its all good!

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SEABREEZE65 5/5/2013 10:07AM

    Very good blog.
I like the idea of uses one's past strength to be strong today.

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/5/2013 9:13AM

    great blog. My hubby uses some of the old navy/marine cadents for his runs. says it reminds him of pushing himself in bootcamp.

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CLWALDRO 5/5/2013 8:09AM

    Thanks for the motivation today to keep going no matter what the world throws at me.
I find when i jog my mind goes to music and some days it is the old gospel songs i sang in church as a kid and some days it is the music of the 80's.
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DARLY55 5/5/2013 7:59AM

    I enjoyed this blog, thank you. Using your younger self as motivation is fantastic!
I, too, have vivid memories/feelings of when I could do this or that to a greater degree than now, and draw on it. It is very effective.

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2013 6:25AM

    Great blog. It is interesting to me. I rarely if ever think about younger day. I am not doing near that you are but still find it interesting. I was 45 a few weeks ago. I am thinking I will just get stronger. i know I am stronger in spirit than I have been in a long long time, healthier.

You are an inspiration. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.

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PMRUNNER 5/5/2013 6:20AM

    It is nice to leave the ipod behind some runs, and just let the mind roam a bit. Swimming is good for that too, especially since music is less practical. Thanks for sharing!

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WINDSURFNERD 5/4/2013 11:56PM

    Great, very evocative blog! You are so right that long running connects us to our best selves, both from our past and now. Your words really brought out that youthful joy of a strong and capable body...well-said!
Naomi

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MASRITE 5/4/2013 11:52PM

    Whenever I'm doing a longer run, I usually start daydreaming that I'm in a race and in the lead. That kind of keeps me going, to cross that "finish line" - get to my house!!

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WONDERWOMAN 5/4/2013 9:30PM

    emoticon Yup, Yes, I know, You are so right, I can relate, Oh for sure!


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RUN4FOOD 5/4/2013 9:30PM

    When I was younger I ran as little as I possible could. Started running long when I was 54. Now I like to listen to my body, talk to others or watch the world I'm going past as I run.

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CM_GARDNER78 5/4/2013 9:00PM

    Totally...I love the feelings that certain music can evoke in me and take me straight back to a certain time in my life!! :-) I do love motivating music!! :-) It can make a blah workout great! :-) Thanks for sharing!

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KELSEY54 5/4/2013 8:23PM

    I love using that time to do the deepest thinking. You can do a whole days work in your mind as the miles roll by. Keep up the great work, you are inspiring. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/4/2013 7:58PM

    Awesome motivation. Hoo-rah!

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ROXYZMOM 5/4/2013 6:01PM

    I love the motivation my running music gives me - even when I am not running. I actually wake up hearing one of my running songs on my head! And it makes me run faster. I tried running a race without music once and was slower. That's the first and last time I did that!

Sometimes I work out work issues in my head or think about my husband, kids are my goals. I imagine I am in a race and people cheering on the sidelines. If I am finishing up and another good song comes on I add a little more mileage and keep going.



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Alien Spacecraft Abducts Female Runner at local 5K.

Friday, May 03, 2013

OK, so my sparkfriend Brooklyn_born wrote a blog about attention grabbing headlines and how the goal is to reel readers in, regardless of connection to content.

I got a chuckle out of her blog. So here is mine. Did it work for you?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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LANNIEMANUEL 5/10/2013 6:44AM

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DALID414 5/6/2013 6:40PM

    Sorry I missed it. Late to the party.

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OWL_20 5/4/2013 4:36PM

    Oh boy, I hang my head in shame--yeah it got me!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/4/2013 7:00AM

    Ya GOT me! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/4/2013 6:48AM

    LOL - so that's why my time was slower than expected! Darn aliens. LOL

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LEWILL1982 5/3/2013 4:53PM

    Guilty as charged :-)

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RHONDALYN10 5/3/2013 2:24PM

    Hilarious!

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PMRUNNER 5/3/2013 2:15PM

    LoL!!

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MASRITE 5/3/2013 1:48PM

    I always read your blogs no matter what the headline is!! That is funny, though (not the headline of your blog!!). Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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NWFL59 5/3/2013 11:42AM

    worked for me! Thanks for the chuckle! emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 5/3/2013 11:02AM

    ...but did she PR? emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/3/2013 10:52AM

    Love it! Inquiring minds want to KNOW! emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 5/3/2013 10:01AM

    Yep, it worked. Here we all are reading it! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/3/2013 9:22AM

    Too funny emoticon

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COOP9002 5/3/2013 9:14AM

    That's funny.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/3/2013 8:55AM

    Yes, it worked. Thanks for the smile.

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NINJALINDA 5/3/2013 8:42AM

    You know I had to look! Great pic, BTW!

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    Very catchy title, way to start my day.
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WONDERWOMAN 5/3/2013 8:34AM

    Yup, but I probably would have read your blog anyway. I love your blogs.
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We are home. You asked for more pictures, so here are some more.

Monday, April 29, 2013

St Andrews CG


Me, Barney and Bitsy at the lake at Camel Lake. Yes, we got caught not having the dogs on a leash. We were the only campers there, so I took a chance.


DW Chris at Camel Lake


Lighthouse at St Marks Wildlife Refuge. We had so much fun here. People boating, crabbing, and generally having a good time. Weather was perfect.


I didn't run on this trail, but it is a good representation of the trails I did run on. Or is that trails on which I ran? I like to use correct grammar, but I fall short. :) Oh, yeah, this was really fun, but it hurt my knees.


Some handsome guy posing so that you can see his RV in the background.



Pelicans begging for scraps at the fish cleaning station. I think this was St Andrews CG



My gorgeous DW on a walking trail at ST Marks Wildlife Refuge





Falling Waters SP. See...I wear my running shirts!




Okay, I'm losing track of what I posted and what I didn't post. So, this will be it. Thanks for all the nice comments and requests for more pictures.

I had a very hard time with AT&T internet connections. I tried many times to blog, and just could not get a connection. But be sure, I was thinking of my Spark Friends. I got some running in, watched what I ate for the most part, but I couldn't resist a few beers and hot dogs. I weighed myself when I got home. I know, I am obsessive, but surprisingly, I did not gain any weight! My funky, change weight from one minute to the next scale said I was okay on the two times I weighed in. Woohoo! Must have been all the extra walking we did.

I would not have posted so many pictures, but a few people asked for more. Probably they were just being nice, but I am a very literal person, if you ask for something, I will try to comply.

Thanks for enjoying my trip with me and have a great day.







  
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MASRITE 4/30/2013 11:56PM

    I loved the pictures, especially the one with the handsome guy showing off his RV!!! Looked like a wonderful trip. So glad you had a great time and even got to get some great runs in. Nice to have a change of scenery. And, glad to have you back.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/30/2013 2:05PM

    LOVE the pictures!!! I wouldn't get to see so many things if it weren't through the eyes of others! :-) My little sheltered life in the UP of Michigan is all I know! :-)

Looks like you guys had so much fun! Thanks for sharing with us...and glad to know you are home! Also - glad to know that the knee won't keep you from running...but take care of it just the same. :-)

Have a great day!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/30/2013 1:36PM

    Great pictures.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/30/2013 12:52PM

    I loved all the pictures! Really gave a good feel to your trip. Looked awesome!

Glad you are home!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/30/2013 10:58AM

    Great pictures

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/30/2013 12:11AM

    I loved all of the pictures!

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LISAINMS 4/29/2013 10:07PM

    Nice trip!

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RUN4FOOD 4/29/2013 9:08PM

    Looks like a good time was had.
Need to rent some sort of camper and take a driving vacation some day soon.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/29/2013 7:19PM

    Looks like a great time was had by all!

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SEABREEZE65 4/29/2013 6:32PM

    I enjoyed following on your fun journey!!!

Now, what?
Back to reality.....

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STRIVERONE 4/29/2013 3:38PM

    It looks like you're both living the good life. I'll be watching for the rest of the pictures.

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NATPLUMMER 4/29/2013 3:36PM

    Fun :-) Welcome home.

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Too many pictures, too little time.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I have lots of pictures, but will only post a few. I didn't remember to take a picture of the forest trail than I ran on. I did 2.5 miles running on soft sand and ruts. Kind of fun, but my knees didn't like it.

St Andrews State Park





This was taken at Buckhorn campsite, where we roughed it. No power or water or any hookups. The little RV is self-contained, so we had everything we needed. DW doesn't care for this type of camping, being out in the forest all alone. But, I love it, so we compromise. :)




Random shot of the National Forest paved road.


Fort Pickens


Fort Pickens Campground site



Chris, Barney and Bitsy at St Marks Wildlife Refuge. The lily pads behind them are in bloom, and gorgeous. The picture is too small to see that.

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/29/2013 2:34PM

    Great pics. Enjoy!!!

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MASRITE 4/29/2013 2:24PM

    Great pics! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/29/2013 9:59AM

    Such beautiful areas you are exploring. I love camping and being in the forest. My camping is with a tent which I'm sure your wife would not like LOL. But we all have our different tastes. Glad you both are able to compromise so that both of you get to experience the great vacation. Love the pics.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/29/2013 9:44AM

    Loving the pics! Keep 'em coming as you can! Hope your knees recover! Yikes! Keep having fun! How long are you going to be gone? I'm sure you said somewhere......

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/28/2013 10:40PM

    I sold off our RV before I started my 50 States Half Marathon quest. I now regret that decision. It would have come in handy.


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NWFL59 4/28/2013 7:11PM

    Looks like a great place to visit. Hope the knees are feeling better. Thanks for the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 4/28/2013 7:06PM

    Looks great!!

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SEABREEZE65 4/28/2013 6:46PM

    So much fun! Love those dogs!!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/28/2013 6:45PM

    Nice!

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DARLY55 4/28/2013 4:49PM

    What a beautiful and peaceful trip these pictures show!
I'm sure you had a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

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RUN4FOOD 4/28/2013 4:14PM

    Looks pretty. Hope you had a good trip.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/28/2013 3:03PM

    Looks fantastic! Enjoy!

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PICKIE98 4/28/2013 2:55PM

    Lucky buggers!! What great trip! We can wait for the pictures,, when yo finally find your way back home!! I live in Michigan, it seems funny to see palm trees in a state park..

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