Hoosiergirl Wanders

An Indiana Girl in a Florida World

Disneyland 5k Race Recap

As I see everyone preparing to head to California for the Disneyland Half Marathon next month, I can’t help but be reminded of my own trip last.  Not only had I gotten into the Dumbo Double Dare, but I had also roped Geoff and I into running the 5k with me.  If running with me…

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California Adventurer

I know this might sound blasphemous since I live in Orlando, but I prefer the smaller scale of Disneyland and California Adventure.  Because of this, we were able to walk everywhere.  From the hotel, we traipsed through Downtown Disney, and before long we’re going through the gates at California Adventure.      I of course had…

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Central Florida Fridays: Why you Must visit Wild Florida

Airboats pervade lakes and swamps all over Central Florida, and even though I see them often, I have never actually been on one.  Well that all changed when I walked into Wild Florida. Wild Florida is in the “middle of nowhere” as their slogan proclaims.  In reality, they are located in Kenansville, Florida just about…

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Disneyland Hotel Highlights

As you all know, I sort of love all things Disney, and that includes RunDisney races.  While I’ve done all the races in Florida except for the full marathon (and I have no intention of doing it), I had never done a Disneyland race.  In fact, I’ve only been to Disneyland once, and the only…

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Family and the Friendly Confines

My first experience at Wrigley Field involved, my family, a couple of hot dogs, and nosebleed seats.  It was wonderful.  Walking up Addison Street,  I stopped right in front of the blaring marquise that welcomed me to the “Friendly Confines” friendly for Cub’s fans that is. My family and I made five clicks as we…

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Conquering Sand Mountains at Warren Dunes State Park

Last summer on my Indiana trip I  had fun challenging myself on the three dunes challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park, so when I was invited by some high school friends to go to Michigan for a beach day at Warren Dunes State Park, I had an idea that more dune climbing would be in…

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The Ups and Downs of the She Power Half

When Cori asked me to sign up for the She Power Half Marathon back in March, I was in a bit of a running funk. I was worried that since I had not really been training, that a half marathon would be too much for me at this time. So when she pointed out that…

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One Day in Downtown Indy

Our run-cation weekend in Indianapolis was only going to give us a mere 60 hours, so like any good adventurer, we were going to make the most of it.   The two hour flight from Orlando had us landing and in a rental car by 10.  Our first stop was the Indianapolis Zoo.   I had…

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Chasing Garfield Around Northeastern Indiana

I grew up in Northwest Indiana on a 33 acre corn or soybean field depending on the year.  I loved growing up where I did–a little town where you run into people you know at the grocery store every time you go.  It was this version of Indiana that I wanted Cori to see on…

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Wandering Around Washington Oaks Garden State Park

Smooth sandy beaches are the usual picture conjured in one’s mind when thinking of Florida.  Craggy rocks usually draw images of California not Florida.  However, on the way to St. Augustine, there is a little hidden gem called Washington Oaks Garden State Park.  Nestled along the Matanzas River, this park is split in two by…

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