Running in Suzhou China

I am travelling, so of course I had to go for a local run!

It was a brisk 32 degrees F this morning, so gloves and hat were necessary!

I ran along the river and of course, there are so many local sights to capture all the way.

The river is clearly polluted and there are signs everywhere to not fish or swim.  It was clearly too cold to go swimming IMHO, but every 500M or so, I saw someone fishing.  Not a good idea…

Lots of parks, exercise areas and artwork along the river quite nice.  An interesting montage of modern art and modern electrical production? Every 50 miles in China you see these massive electrical production plants.

Hmmm…did these fresh fish come from the river?  All the markets were opening as I ran by at 7:00 AM.

Breakfast time after a 12K run!  I was the favorite site to see.  A tall westerner in bright orange running clothing while everyone else was bundled up for winter 🙂

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The latest adventure to… China? 

Headed off on a business trip to China and will see if I can sneak in a few adventurous surprises along the way 😁

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A Day of Adventure in Grenada

We wanted to explore the internal sites and culture of Grenada a little further, so we worked with a local guide and driver Vaughan Francis to spend the day with some diverse activities.

First, we went hiking the natural forest preserve.  We did not try out the obstacle course since it was pouring rain and everything was very slippery, but this area is definitely a great place for day hikes and adventure.

Our goal was to reach the famous St. Margaret’s waterfall – but the local tourist bureau refers to them as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls for some reason.  The water was not clear blue because of all the rain and flooding today.  We did not want to take the risk of diving in with this weather.

Next, needing a break, we went to visit a very old rum distillery that dates back to the 1700s and all the equipment is originally from England and is still used to this day.  The yeast is still fermenting in this old wooden vat.

It was fun so see first hand on how rum is made from raw sugarcane every single day in this facility – River Antoine Rum Distillery.  Their chocolate flavored rum was quite delicious.

One we had a few sips of rum, we got hungry and it became time to try out some local food.

and yes, it was yummy.  Hints of spice and local flavor. This was a soup called Callaloo. Definitely try it if you get a chance.

After lunch, since I love military history, I wanted to go check out Fort Frederick which overlooks St Georges (the capital).  It was small, but a cool place to do a quick stop by and overlook the whole city.

The really cool thing is we had the opportunity to overlook the Grenada prison below us which was having a one day special event to celebrate carnival where the local singer(s) and DJ(s) played this year’s carnival music to enjoy.  It is the large whitish looking building.

From there, we wanted to end the day with a little bird watching.  It was amazing to see and hear about how many different species live and migrate to Grenada.  This was green heron that has unique short legs and likes to eat crab more than fish.

On the other side of the lake, were a number of young blue herons that are quite camouflaged while they are immature.

and last, but not least check out this surprise in the tree where are the white egrets were nesting! It looks like a branch, it is like a 1 meter long iguana!

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Exploring Grenada by Sea and by Land

We did a little more exploring by sea with a few more dives around the island.

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Yes and it is HOT here, but the sky looks red from the filter on the GoPro, so don’t worry.

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You never know what you might find when diving.  Here is a rare tire from a 1993 Honda Civic.

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We also discovered a large number of lion fish.  They were quite large and colorful.

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They seemed to bunch together on this dive.

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Also found a few lobsters.  This was a huge one that was quite evasive and did not want to come out and hang out with us divers.  If you look close, you can see him hiding in the the overhang in the coral.

On the land side, the best way to explore is running of course!  Very friendly people and very safe to run anywhere on the island.

Took a slight side road to visit the famous St. Georges medical school.  This school is 40% of the entire GDP of the island.

In this heat, it is so HOT and HUMID, it is almost impossible to carry enough water to run long distances.  So, the recommendation is to use the local energy drink: 130 proof white rum.  It will be more efficient than Gatorade.

And if you keep exploring, you can find some private beach areas to sit in the shade to cool down from your sprints up the small local hills.

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The Grenada Carnival

Ready for a fun posting?

In August, it is Carnival time in Grenada.

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It is like a combination of Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans Mardi Gras.

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We took a boat ride over to the official area, but the local Coast Guard thought we were suspicious, so they followed us around.

Maybe when we waved at Morgan Freeman and Oprah Winfrey who have homes here in the distance…they called the police.  Not sure.

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I have to admit, this is a truly fun time and a must NOT MISS event.

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You may want to wear earplugs though as the local DJs have semi trucks running generators to play their music as loud as possible.

Want a little flavor of what is REALLY like?  Check out the sample video from one of the moments we joined in the parade…

and a short clip from one of the local masters who wanted to join in the music celebration.

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Diving in Grenada

Did a couple of morning dives today in Grenada.

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The first one was called Purple Sands and was on the Caribbean side of the island. Nothing too memorable to call out.

The second one was on the Atlantic side and was a drift dive along the Shark Reef.  Can you see the lobster hiding in the rocks?

If not, check out this quick video I took.  It was a strong current, so we were moving pretty fast.

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Also we ran into a few small sting rays.

Also captured a short video.  The was down about 45 feet.  A fun dive.

I did not get a good picture, but check out this eel that was trying to escape the attacking divers that found him sneaking around the reef.

Stay tuned for the next post…we are going to check out the Carnival in Grenada!

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Running in Grenada

It is our first full day here…so what did we do?

We went running to explore the local town.  And yes, it was brutally hot.  90 degrees and you felt like you went swimming after a 10K run.

Lots of local farming.  Seems like goats are the most popular.

Not sure I know how to interpret this sign.  Are people carrying candy around?  We were running, not walking!

The island a friendly and diverse place.  Safe to go everywhere and everyone is welcome.

Of course, we had to run by the US memorial/monument from Operation Urgent Fury which was the US military invasion of Grenada to rescue the medical school students that were threatened into government takeover.  I left out the beer bottles that were cluttered on the side of the monument when I took this picture.

The best part of the run was to check out some of the emerging high end properties that were being developed on the one side of the island.  Check out the high end car visiting the development in the background.

Runs are always fun and adventurous!

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