We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Venice, which was a race partner. I was impressed with the room. It had a whole kitchen with a little stove, dishwasher, and fridge/freezer. The separate room for the kids to sleep is so fantastic.
After we got settled, we found a playground to let the kids run around for a while. There were a zillion pine cones laying around, so we have brought home about a million. We're going to use them as bird feeders (coat them in peanut butter and roll them in bird seed). And we're going to hope all the squirrels are allergic to peanuts.
This is the beach at Sharky's on the Pier where the race was going to be held. The waves don't look big in this picture, but they were huge.
Ivy spotted an alligator in the lake at the park. There were signs posted all over the place "No swimming. Alligator Habitat." And the lake was all fenced off.
We had dinner at Sharky's, which was fun. The key lime pie was delish.