Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Castaway Cay

Today we docked at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island.  If you've never been here, you should. If you have been here, you know what I'm talking about - a little piece of paradise! As we got off the ship, the clouds were out suggesting rain. However, the sun was also out, suggesting heat, which wasn't what I would have preferred for the Castaway Cay 5K.  Yes, a dang 5K ... Let me explain.

Disney Cruise Line/Run Disney sponsors a 5K on the island.  I've done it a few times, the last time being this February.  It's not a bad 5K - it just can be hot, as in sweltering.  It usually starts at 9am, as soon as all the 5K-ers get off the boat and to the start line.

Molly and I were ambivalent about doing it (Emily and Jeanne were not - it never even crossed Jeanne's mind and Emily hadn't brought her running shoes, although I'm not sure if that would have been a deciding factor).  Anyhow, last night after dinner, Molly and I decided to go ahead and register for the race.  We had talked to Camille about doing it, but were unsure if she had signed up or not.  This morning, Molly and I met up with the other 5K people, but didn't see Camille.  However, once we got off the boat and were waiting on the dock, out came Camille!  She was in!!

More royalties I owe Cheryl.
Soon we were all at the start line.  Molly took off and left us, but Camille stayed back with me.  It got pretty hot pretty quickly, and around Mile 1, we found Molly, who had decided that running wasn't going to be all that fun and had decided to walk and wait for us. After another two miles, we were done, and I have a finish picture, thanks to Cheryl who was waiting at the finish line!

We then caught the tram to Serenity Bay (the adult beach, therefore aptly named) where we found Emily and Jeanne - sitting in their chairs that were sitting in the water.  Emily also found the drink dude and procured Konk Koolers for us.  After eating lunch, Molly and then I decided that the heat was too much, and headed back for the ship.  Eventually Jeanne and Emily returned.  Although at times the sky looked dark and possibly threatening, no bad weather ever materialized, and the day turned out quite perfect!

Maybe Minnie will convince her!
Today's race is for Cheryl, whose photos I have been stealing (not only because I didn't take any, but also because hers are much better than any I would/could have taken!). Now that she is a bonafide Disney Cruise Line convert, could Run Disney be in her future? Will she be influenced by her daughter who just completed her first Run Disney 5K? Will she be influenced by the fact that if Lumbering Lu can do it, she can do it much better? Only time will tell - see you at the start line, Cheryl!!

Today is a gift because: great weather at Castaway Cay; finishing the 5K with Camille and Molly; Konk Koolers on the beach; watching water spouts on the verandah

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