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Our 3 Favorite Things About Ripley’s in Panama City Beach, Florida

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to visit the S.S. Ripley at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach, FL.  We had a great time, and highly recommend it if you’re going to be in the area.  Makes for a fun place to get in and cool off from the hot sun or a place to spend part of a rainy day.

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!


Here are three of our favorite things:

Rob’s Favorite – The “dancing wall” near the end of the museum.  There are three screens you dance in front of (or make funny faces, which Boegley had a great time doing as well).  It made us think of the funny mirrors that change your shape and size, but it’s a real time video with music.  What a cool idea…dancing your way out of the Odditorium!

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Boegley’s Favorite – The mirror maze.  It was well lit, but yet dark in a cool sort of way.  The positioning of the various mirrors easily tricked us into thinking we were headed down a hallway, but often we ran smack into ourselves in yet another mirrored wall.  It was a riot!  They even have guests put plastic gloves on, so the mirrors don’t become smudged with handprints.  Honestly, it takes a bit of time to find your way through the maze.

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Janelle’s Favorite – The Titanic exhibit.  There is an actual replica of the part of the ship that was gouged by the iceberg, and it gives guests an idea of just how fast and how much water rushed in!  They also have a small display of water, which guests get to place their hand in to see just how freezing cold the ocean was that night.  With tons of information on that horrific event, this can make for a wonderful educational piece for homeschoolers, as well as for school teachers and parents.

Beyond that, the fact that there are 500 exhibits, a load of them are interactive, and they truly bridge the gap from really young kids to grandparents.  Some of them will give you a little fright – one button Janelle pushed dropped a big spider down…and yes, she yelped and ran away – LOL.  Then, there was the “Can you grab this jewel?” moment.  Rob claimed nothing happened when he put his hand in, but when Janelle put her arm in all the way…well…you’ll just have to visit and find out for yourself!  

Will Rob be bonked on the head?

Will Rob be bonked on the head?


Don’t just take our word for it!  Go see it for yourself, then share a comment with us.  We’d love to hear your favorite things, too!  

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Thank you Audra Ely for welcoming us to the S.S. Ripley!

 

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


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Hurricane Hermine – Will She Get Us or Not…

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The sea is rough and the waves are crashing hard.  We’re under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for a few more hours.  But, the expectation is that all is going to be fine as long as we hunker down and stay indoors the rest of tonight.

A bit ago we made a quick run to the beach before it gets any rougher and before evening approaches.  We stayed quite a ways back from where the water had been reaching.  It’s important to pay attention and err on the side of caution.  However, we saw FOUR people all the way out in the water – waist deep!  With rip currents galore and bigger, harder crashing waves it is utterly foolish to behave in such a way.  Not to mention that the double red flags are flying, which means the water is closed to the public!

Point being, when you travel learn what the rules around you are.  Know what you should and shouldn’t do. Know how to stay safe.  Beyond that, learn the same guidelines in your business – literally, in regards to the location rules as well as metaphorically.

Be smart.  Be savvy. And, make sure you’re still around tomorrow to follow your dreams!

Living the beach life,
Janelle, Rob and Boegley

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Ready, Set, Go…Um..Reset, Now Go!

Ready, Set, Go…Um…Reset, Now Go!

Launching into the Sea of Life (on your traveling or entrepreneurial journey)

Sometimes you think you’re ready to launch into the sea of life or the sea of being a new entrepreneur, but you suddenly realize you just might be going in the wrong direction!

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, we had the privilege of witnessing a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest hatch in Panama City Beach.  *The above video is one from Sebastian, FL, via Ashley Taylor on Youtube. We’re sharing it as it offers you the opportunity to see what it was like.  We couldn’t video as it was at night, and you cannot use lights around the baby turtles.

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This shows the inital cave-in and first signs that the nest might hatch last night. Picture taken by Rob.

The amazing little guys and gals wait on all of their brothers and sisters to come out of their shells, then they wait for the sun to go down (usually).  Then, they make a grand entrance into the world together, and launch into the sea.

It’s about preparation.  They develop and grow before letting everyone see them.  They also have some extra support before they take off on their trek.  In other words, they still have part of their yolk attached.  That should sustain them long enough to swim a mile or two out into the sea until they reach the seagrass where they will find food.  

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In your business (or even in planning your initial transition to becoming location independent and traveling), you need to have a plan in place.  You need to develop it, allow it to grow just enough and have some level of reserve so you can reach your initial destination.

What if you do it wrong?

The nest we saw last night had somewhere around 100 babies.  A few started to head toward the ocean – like they should.  However, the hotel lights and some other street lights on the well populated Front Beach Road disoriented most of them.  So, the majority of the group headed west and north…they all needed to head southward.  The few that started to go the right way, succumbed to “peer pressure” and followed the rest going in the wrong direction.  

In this situation, had it not been for TurtleWatch.org volunteers, Lorna & Jenn, collecting them all…and transporting them later last evening to a private, dark beach, this entire nest would probably not had any chance at survival.  

So, what if you make a wrong turn in your business launch or new program launch? After all, it truly is pretty easy to get distracted by all of the sparkly lights – “Do this!” “Go here!”  “Don’t do that!” etc.  A lot of people think they need to follow the rest of the herd because if they are all going that way then they must surely be correct – right?

Obviously, when you consider the turtle babies, you can see that blindly following the masses is possibly not the best idea.  So, what do you do?

Make sure you have a coach or mentor…someone to “save” your butt. 

Having someone help coach you or guide you is a key factor in helping know whether or not you are heading in the best possible direction for YOU.  They may not literally pick you up, gently tuck you in a cooler and give you a whole new shot, but a coach can help you reset your mind set

Always, always find someone you resonate with and you believe you can trust.  Read their books, follow them online, watch their videos, participate in their classes or workshops, and perhaps, actually hire them as YOUR coach.  But, if you believe you can just brazenly do it fully on your own, you might just end up in the sand dunes and get gobbled up by a crab or some other critter.  

Don’t let your dreams of freedom fizzle.  You deserve to swim baby swim!

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Life is an adventure, so live it!

Rob, Janelle & Boegley

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True Freedom via Sea Turtle Release

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Today we had the most amazing experience!  We got to witness the release of a rescued sea turtle.  This little guy, Tiny, is a three-pound Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.  They are the rarest sea turtles and highly endangered. 

Thanks to Gulf World Marine Institute this little boy was rescued from having his back flippers wrapped up in kite string.  Both were damaged, and on had to be amputated.  However, after a couple months of rehabilitation, he was “medically cleared and deemed releasable” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  We had the honor of being present at his release this morning!

The above photo shows Becky, a Gulf World volunteer, giving Tiny his Freedom again.  You can see the release via video by clicking here

Anytime, you come across marine life that appears to be in distress or not swimming properly, you need to take on the responsibility of reporting this to your local authorities.  Gulf World in Panama City Beach, FL, has a team on call 24/7 to rescue sea turtles, dolphins, etc. in their time of need.  

But, let’s try and prevent issues like Tiny experienced.  Collect your trash and dispose of it properly!  Somebody had fun flying their kite, but leaving some string behind put Tiny’s little life in grave danger.  

From our hearts Tiny, we wish you a long life and great success in creating more little sea turtles <3

Remember life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

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