Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pi Day

I couldn't let March 14 go by without alerting the world that it is again Pi Day. There's a web site to buy t-shirts and stuff, too.   It's also not a bad day to indulge in a nice slice of pie.

I think it might be appropriate to have a frozen pie, too, because spring in these climes simply refuses to return. Another minor snow dumping this morning and probably a bit more over the weekend.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

More baseball

This time it was the Twins visiting the Rays in Port Charlotte. It was a cold day for this part of Florida. It was 54ยบ when we got back from the game, and windy. Not frigid by Minnesota standards, but a bit uncomfortable sitting in one spot in the stands.

The Twins brought most of their available players to the game, but Mauer and Morneau were off to the World Baseball Classic, and thus a fair amount of their offensive punch was gone.  We had good seats near the first base dugout and close enough to be nervous about foul balls. The stadium is a nice venue for baseball, good sight lines and easy to get around. There is an aisle all the way around the outfield and plenty of places to buy overpriced, but actually pretty tasty ball park food. I had a gyro with lamb meat. We arrived early enough to watch some batting practice and infield, plus a chance to walk around the stadium.

The game was pretty good for the first few innings until the fifth when Jared Burton gave up three runs on four hits and the final score was 7-2 for the Rays. But it was baseball and pretty cool.


One of these fans is from Minnesota and the other spent the last three months in the snowbird haven near the Stone Crabs' home stadium. It was a cold day at the ball park, at least for this part of southwest Florida.

A little look at yesterday's activities and to add to Santini's blog, I'm posting a picture of banyan trees (and tourists) on Banyan Street in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. Yesterday was a bit warmer than today.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Ambling in Kiwanis Park

It was a little cooler today, but still nicely into the 60's.  We went to Kiwanis Park somewhat west of here for some sauntering and a little nature observing and bird watching. It's home to quite a few water birds and even some turtles and I even saw a raccoon.  Kiwanis Park's only about a mile in circumference (if it were a circle), but the trail meanders back and forth among slash pines, cypress trees, southern oaks, and an abundance of palm trees of several types.  We encountered this equipment early on and NCW and Santini had to try it out for the camera. We were just out for a stroll, so we were open to stopping and observing the trees and bushes.


 Kiwanis Park has some exercise equipment built into the ground that people can use as they saunter around the park. It's not a large park, but Santini and NCW were maximizing their efforts by balancing on the low balance beam. The one that you can't easily fall off.


There was a bit of required silliness when the posing was going on. Here I am with NCW under a southern oak tree, or so I think.

This is one of the white egrets or hurons that was out today. This guy had just grabbed some tainty morsel from the pond and was happily having an early lunch.

The weather is cooling a bit this week, but we're scheduled to see the Twins play the Rays on Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park, home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs minor league baseball team. And a really nice baseball facility.