Ancient evidence of climate change found on Redington Shores!

This story  about a utilities worker who found a fossilized horse’s toe bone really grabbed my attention because about ten years ago another teacher and I (I was a teacher in a previous life) partnered to create a middle school curriculum called Kids Dig It! It was a great hands-on curriculum that explored Florida’s pre-history: the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene.  Imagine Tampa being about 100 miles inland during the Plio-Pleistocene 12,000 to 18,000 years ago.  Our coastline changed with the rise and fall of the sea level. That explains why mammal fossils are found way out in the Gulf when the sea bottom is dredged and dumped on the beach and why giant sharks’ teeth are found in inland rivers.

Boaters get too close for comfort on Sunset Beach

As of July 7th, the city council decided to push boaters back from the 150 foot  zone now allowed  to make it 300 feet from shore. Caddy’s  attracts a crowd of drinkers, swimmers and boaters on  Treasure Island. The City Council doesn’t want them to crowd into one spot all at one time. To get the whole story check out this link.

Dancing @ the Drum Circle

The drum circle on Treasure Island is still going strong even with the June
heat. Here are a few shots of my kids and their friends dancing at the drum circle. These shots were taken yesterday, June 21, 2009.The drum circle on Treasure Island is still going strong even with the June heat. Here are a few shots of my kids and their friends dancing at the drum circle. These shots were taken yesterday, June 21, 2009.

The drum circle on Treasure Island is still going strong even with the June heat. Here are a few shots of my kids and their friends dancing at the drum circle. These shots were taken yesterday, June 21, 2009.

Katie, Hilary and Cari dancing the night away.

Jumping at the drum circle.

Jumping at the drum circle.

Some folks just come to sit and watch.

Some folks just come to sit and watch.

Perfect Circle Yoga

A friend suggested I attend a Bikrim Yoga class with her (otherwise known as hot yoga). She warned that I might find it challenging to stay in the room for the whole class, but  if I stayed, I would have  reached my first goal. Since I had done yoga, I was sure I’d be fine. Well  . . . I was unprepared for how hot the room was @105 degrees! I stayed in the room for the whole class and was able to do most of the postures, and dripping with sweat 90 minutes later, I felt a great sense of accomplishment for having done so! I was impressed by how much more I was able to stretch during some of the postures. But, at the time, I didn’t think it was likely that I’d be making Bikram Yoga a regular part of my exercise program mostly because Chris Rose’s studio was too far from my house. As it turns out, a couple of months later, he moved to the beach, which is very convenient for me. I’ve tried to make it at least once a week since he has been in the 595-B Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach location. It is still the best workout I’ve ever  had that can be done within the space of a beach towel! And about the heat — yeah, well, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that! So if you don’t think yoga is a good heart-pumping exercise, try Bikram Yoga at Perfect Circle Yoga and Fitness (btw, it is named after the Yogi who invented it.).

The Pub Waterfront Restaurant

As a member of Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, I attend my share of Business networking mixers. The last one I went to was held at The Pub Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge. I must say, the Intracoastal Waterway, where The Pub is located at 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores is a nice breezy waterfront location in spite of its proximity to the parking lot. The food was exceptionally good and owner and local resident, Steve Wesphal, wasn’t stingy. I had hoped to get the gift shop owner to carry the audio CD version of Talking Points Tours Pinellas Beaches. But it doesn’t seem like a good fit since they carry mostly jewelry. Of course, if  you’re looking for a great self-guided tour of the beaches, go to my site: talkingpointstours.com  But, if you’re looking for beach bling, check out their gift shop which is the first thing you see when you enter the front door. BTW, Steve Wesphal will be opening a new restaurant, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House in the fall of 2009. it is being billed as “Relaxed Coastal Cuisine.”