Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Charity of the Month(s) - January and February 2019

Charity of the Month is a way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

In December we supported 
Toys for Tots
 by donating cash online and going on our annual shopping spree to help fill the collection box at our local brewery.

January and February Charities

We intentionally delayed our charity selections until we returned from Hawaii (where Holly completed her 50 Marathons - 50 States Challenge).  We figured we would find a couple of great causes to support during our travels across Maui, Kauai, and Oahu.

Our first selection relates to turtles (“I like turtles”).   Holly’s wish of swimming near a turtle came true on Maui at Makena Beach State Park   Within a minute of entering the water a medium-sized sea turtle swam right by.  Of course we didn’t have the camera. The next day we were able to watch many turtles enter and exit the water at Ho’okipa Beach Park by Pa’ia. Later in the trip another turtle passed us in a lagoon on Oahu.

Since turtles are still endangered we thought it would be appropriate to help support these animals we enjoyed watching.

“HAWAI'I WILDLIFE FUND (HWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii's native wildlife through research, education and advocacy. HWF Team is made up of educators, conservationists, researchers, naturalists, communities, volunteers and donors devoted to the protection of Hawaii's fragile marine ecosystem and inhabitants. We bring a variety of experiences together to serve a common goal.

We are actively engaging the community in research, education and conservation projects. Learn about the marine environment while snorkeling or whale watching with our naturalistsvolunteer your time with one of our projects, or donate to our cause.”


Our second charity selection wll help maintain and preserve the Pearl Harbor Memorials.  During our visit we learned a great deal about the attack on the harbor, WWII, and life on Hawaii pre-attack.  The museum displays were very detailed and the audio tour was informative. We were not able to go onto the Arizona Monument because the dock was under repair,  but we did take several passes on a boat tour.  It took 3 hours just to see the film, ride the boat, and tour the museum with audio commentary.

“... join us in honoring and preserving the legacy of those whose valor, courage, struggles and sacrifices gave us the freedoms we enjoy today. Together, with your participation, we ensure that the heroes of the World War II generation will always be remembered!”

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saint Lucia 2018 Part 2 - Jade Mountain Resort

We decided to leave Sandals Grande St. Lucian at 9:30am.  The staff kept reminding us we could stay on property as long as we wanted to enjoy their beach, pool,  and all-inclusive features.   We were good with leaving early because it was over an hour drive and we booked Jade Mountain under their all-inclusive plan.  Our driver Isaac was fun.  We enjoyed laughing at the advise given on a local radio talk show and compared our Christmas traditions. The 75 minute ride took us through Castries, the rainforest, and near some of the islands highest peaks.   We pulled over for a photo stop above Soufries for our first good view of The Pitons.

Road conditions were good for most of the trip....except for the last two+ miles.  I think the resort does this intentionally so people don’t drive up to be nosy.  Once we arrived on property we were met by the Jade Mountain jitney to take us up to the resort.  It was bizarre that you couldn’t even see the hotel on the way up.

We were taken up the top drive near the restaurant. When we left the carport we were treated to our first view of why this hotel was so special.  The Pitons were just across the bay and the hotel’s unique architecture was on full display.  

Yeah we were hooked right away.  Each bridge led to one guest room.  Our room wouldn’t be ready for a while so they gave us our butler phone and suggested we enjoy the beach for a while.  The manager gave us a ride down to the beach while conducting an orientation.  Since we shared amenities with the hotel’s sister property, Anse Chastnet, our all-inclusive plan was in-effect at their restaurants and at our beach chairs.   The beach concierge set up our chairs and gave us our service flag - stick it in the ground and a waitress will assst you.  The beach area was pleasant enough, just a bit rocky and more volcanic vs. the Sandals beach.  

We took the ten minute walk over to the secret beach - home of the hamburger grill.  The open-air kitchen put out some great food.  

The call finally came through from our butler that our room was ready and the shuttle was coming to get us.  One of our three butlers (they work in shifts) was there to give us our room orientation.  As he led us to the room we realized we got an upgrade to a Moon Suite.  These rooms were a bit larger than what we booked.  Each room at Jade Mountain is unique - furniture, shape, fabrics, pool layout are all different.   The big deal about the property is rooms are missing the 4th wall which is replaced by a full-length infinity pool or pool/deck combo.  We were happy to see our room (JC3) was a pool/deck combo.  Amenities included a large bed with mosquito netting, 2 person soaking tub, a fridge with beverages and a “butler bento box” refilled daily, coffee and tea makers, and spa-quality soaps.  Tiles lining the pool were designed for the resort.

This was perfect.  We had breakfast in the room everyday while fending off the birds looking to scavenge from our plates.  Rooms have water guns to use against the intruders.  This offered hours of entertainment.  We lunched our first and second day on the beach.  On our final full day at the hotel we left the beach at 1pm and stayed in the room the rest of the day - ordering room service for the rest of our meals.   We could dine either at The Jade Club or at any other Anse Chastanet restaurant.  The inside scoop was to always eat at Jade.  I would agree it was the right move.  The food was pretty high-end with a new menu each night.   The restaurant also had some form of love entertainment each night.

Most of our days were spent on the deck or in the pool overlooking The Pitons.  Everything was very private and the service was outstanding.  Even on our last day they let us stay in the room until our car arrived and handled our checkout in the room.  We never saw the front desk.     If you are looking for a truly unique experience this is the place to be.

Countdown to Marathon State 50: Favorite and Least Favorite Races

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is almost here! Today was our first full day in Maui and we celebrated by waking up before 3am to go see sunrise from Haleakala. 

We are continuing our look back on the experience of traveling to 49 states and the races Holly participated in.  Our final video features the best and worst races experienced so far.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Countdown to Marathon State 50: Race Destinations

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is a few days away! We are continuing our look back on the experience of traveling to 49 states and the races Holly participated in.  Look for one more video before Sunday.  

For today’s topic we explore some of our favorite race destinations. This experience has allowed us to see some of the best sites this country has to offer.

Other Videos: Race MedalsRace SwagBreweriesSpaghetti and Meatballs

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Countdown to Marathon State 50: Spaghetti and Meatballs

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is a week away! We are continuing our look back on the experience of traveling to 49 states and the races Holly participated in.  Look for two more videos over the next few days recapping the experience.  

For today’s topic we explore Holly’s pre-race superstitious meal of spaghetti and meatballs.  Some regions do better than others.

Other Videos: Race MedalsRace SwagBreweriesDestinations

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Countdown to State 50: Best Breweries

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is 10 days away! We are continuing our look back on the experience of traveling to 49 states and the races Holly participated in.  Look for a few more videos over the next few days recapping the experience.  

For today’s topic Dave goes on-and-on about some of our favorite brewery experiences during race weekends.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Countdown to State 50: Race Swag

The Maui Oceanfront Marathon is two weeks away! We are continuing our look back on the experience of traveling to 49 states and the races Holly participated in.  Look for a few more videos over the next two weeks recapping the experience.  

Our next topic covers race swag - the other included trinkets beyond the official race shirt and medal. Holly has earned some interesting items at races.

Other Videos: Race MedalsBreweriesSpaghetti and MeatballsDestinations