Midnight Sun Event

Checked out the Wife Carrying Contest.  Next year will spend all 3 days in and out with the wristband as the food was that good, not the usual fair food.  A beautiful day at Bryant Park this past Sunday. The giant Crocodile eating our bridge priceless.  Saw folks from Parrot Cove, College Park and of course Bryant Park.  Was impressed with the cleanliness and all the blue and white.  The Kids area was great with different kinds of activities that I had not seen before.  They most likely gave their parents an early night, after the full days’ activities.   Trying to give a blow by blow of the race in chronological order of the obstacles in the race.  From the start to the finish, the obstructions, and not obvious how far they actually had to run.  All the way past the painted containers to the sea wall.

photo      Tom Johnson

The entertainers were top drawer Hanna Pakarinen won Finland’s top performer and Mary of Rudy’s pub was their official host.  As I was watching and listening to Hanna she so reminded me of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac.  The performances were in English and Finnish.  At 12:45 the crowd gathered around the stanchions ready for the “wive carrying contest”*.

the sprinter #101  on left

 6x world champ Taisto Miettinen                                                                          photo Tom Johnson

 

Got there early, positioned myself opposite the water obstacle, only to see it was not the vantage point for me.  Ultimately the winner was #101 Attorney Taisto Miettinen of Finland who prior to the start was seen sprinting the course twice before he saddled himself with a wife.  Note if you want to see really good photos and up close I recommend you check into Tom Johnson FB page.  Reporting the race chronologically here.  Not satisfied with the water obstacle view,

obvious  here who has the best view

I spotted the kids across and how high they were.  So that was my next view point.  Imagine Sophias (that’s her name)  surprise as I crawled into the children’s jump house.

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documented by Tom Johnson, thanks

from my perch                                                                                      the Wellington competitor

There was local competition, the Lake Worth competitor was paired with one from Wellington.   It was a great crowd that looked on and cheered on their favorites. The next obstacle took place where the crowd was less dense.

The hurdle

The hurdle was the halfway point, from there still a way to go to the sea wall.

view to the end of the race course, the seawall

the victory lap, with (the rent a wife?) have no clue

Next year it will be more competitive as at the end, out of nowhere appeared two women carrying their wives.  Leave it to quirky Lake Worth to add to the already exciting event. 

Hello Parrot Cove

this is what kept the kids occupied

Johan Joe is up in West Palm Beach and I can recommend it for the ambiance as well as the wonderful food. 

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  • the story is about the wife carrying is based on fact.  however, there are several versions some nice and palpable  Robin Hood others roguish.

The Brightline experience

Word of mouth was out, Brightline is offering specials. The challenge was on.  I shared with someone who might have difficulty.  My friend in his 80’s with cane, sharp of mind agreed and  at the other end was the arranged meet-up with Miami artist, also interested in seeing the Frank Stella exhibit, at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum.  We were not the first Lake Worthians to do this trip.

Charging stations everywhere plus under the seats.

I carry Lake Worth brochure as a group of friends  will be coming up for the Street Painting Festival.  The station is centrally located in W Palm Beach as well as in Ft. Lauderdale. and the soon to be completed Miami

#gobrightline the locations all centrally located.

Ft. Lauderdale arrival brought us right next door to the  Bus station  on Broward Blvd. and within walking distance to the Concert Hall,  Science Museum, the Art Museum. We took  taxi  $4 .00 To see Frank Stella.  The West Palm Beach location is beautifully located inside just north of City Place and south of Clamatis .   The trip from Lake Worth, Dixie Hwy and Lake Ave. takes exactly 17 minutes to the free parking provided by Brightline.  (for now all parking both places is free.) Taking into consideration traffic and Rosemary going through  City Place where there is a stop on each corner and of course people crossing in the middle of the block.  Seventeen minutes total !, Turn onto Elvernia east and you have arrived.  We got our tickets day before so as not to be rushed.  Get the app on the cell phone and do it all before you get there.

Artist George Taylor known for equestrian art. Yellow shirt was by chance.

Then head up the escalator and through the turn-style .  The Station are identical. On one end is Brightkids who have some amazing space with a TV that continuously plays cartoons.  I witnessed some awesome constructions .

self imposed barricade keeping parents on the other side.

I also did some live stream videos  from the moving train, My first attempt  to share the Brightline experience.  Not sure how  they turned out.  They are on my FB page AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt. The entire station and train has lemon yellow accents with “a pale shade of gray ” throughout terminal and embroidered seats.  I was on coach and would never have thought so.  Having ridden on the Orient Express and it’s  luxury this was the modern version.  For a mere upgrade of $5  gets you two free drinks.  Coffee service was available for $2.14  on the train.  In the terminals you can self serve coffee or go get it from a barista.  Considering it is a new form of transportation with some resistance.  I know and so should you Brightline is here to stay.  The travelers few but it could have been the time of day I was boarding which changed by late afternoon.

#gobrightline

The few passengers i got to know and  I spoke with were delighted with the service and the ambiance.  One father of two seen in video (grandmother lives in Lake Worth) they spent the entire day at the Science Museum.  One couple from Welling was celebrating her birthday and dined in Ft. Lauderdale.  Now the Evening was an eye opener

#gobrightline just a small group of millenials

in Ft. Lauderdale about 50 some millenials got on the train with the purpose of having fun and spending the evening in City Place. The reverse Las Olas is just a stone throw from Ft. Lauderdale station.   Then I spotted this couple who came dressed bright to celebrate Brightline, on their own just having fun.

-bright to honor @gobrightline

Perfect guest for Diner en Blanc Lake Worth next year.  Lake Worth needs to do some Trolly transport from W Palm Beach to our Beach. The alcohol and many of the other amenities are shown on the 4 large screens.  Last but not least it is an all American made and assembled train . Your  $5 upgrade LOL looks like I did manage to get four videos and they are on my FB page AnnaMaria Windisch-Hunt  They have been viewed and this was my first experience with Brightline.  Not a commercial I do not do those but am sharing a new experience.  While exploring  W Palm Beach found UPTown Art and have been asked to share my talent via teaching how to paint the  beach bags which is seen in the very first image.

editors note:  pm me  via face book if your interested in this  art class.  different images always also do corporate leadership classes.   now that is self promotion.