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Run Forrest Run! January 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.

After the holidays, some of us (and we will not name names) gained a few unwanted pounds.  Before they settle in and get too comfortable, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

So, on our most recent trip to Universal, we stopped by Camp Jurassic to check out the playground.

It is awesome!

We climbed up.  We slid down.  We walked across rope bridges.  We bounced.

So much more fun than going for a boring jog!

No offense, Forrest!

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - January 13, 2019

What fun! Definitely one of my all-time favorite movies, too!

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

We had lunch at Bubba Gump on City Walk. The restaurant’s decor, menus, servers, etc., focus on “Forrest Gump” during his shrimping days. Our server was fun (quizzing diners re movie trivia), but the menu is not very vegetarian friendly . . . or very health conscious . . . so I doubt we’ll go back.

2. mybeautfulthings - January 13, 2019

That looks like an adventurous way to shift those pounds! Walking is going to have to do the trick for me – and eating less! 🙂

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

We walk (or bike) most days. And even at the theme parks, we burn most calories by good old-fashioned walking ~> but we enjoyed checking out this playground. And judging from their faces, so did many other adults who were keeping up with their kids instead of sitting on benches to supervise.

3. L. Marie - January 13, 2019

Wow! And you weren’t chased by raptors at Camp Jurassic? Fun indeed!

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

That’s what they should do! Once or twice a day, at random times, the park should:


The chaos and mayhem would kick things up a notch! 😛

4. Tippy Gnu - January 13, 2019

You sure visit a lot of theme parks. Have you entered a second childhood?

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

Nope. This is still my first childhood!
Why grow up? Being an adult is not as much fun. 😆

FL Residents get offered good deals on Theme Park Passes. We got Disney Passes 2 years ago and went to the 4 parks a combined total of 16 times in 12 months. We got Universal Passes this year (good for 15 mos.). We’ve visited 4x in 6 weeks ~> I’m guessing that rate will drop now that the novelty is wearing off.

Tippy Gnu - January 13, 2019

That’s a lot of park visiting. Sounds like your burnishing the novelty right down to a nub.

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

Exactly! Every visit has “diminishing marginal utility.” 😀

5. Kate Crimmins - January 13, 2019

Any exercise that masquerades as fun is good for me!

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

Agreed. I enjoy walking but it doesn’t seem like “fun” but biking still does. I often hop on my bike to ride 3-4 miles just for “fun.”

BFF enjoyed Camp Jurassic . . . but he was a too tall for some of the activities. He had to watch out so he wouldn’t bump his head.

Kate Crimmins - January 13, 2019

I’m not a biker but I enjoy interesting walks in neighborhoods. I love looking at house architecture and what people do to their yards. We have some very interesting neighborhoods nearby.

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

Yes! I love walking around the neighborhood, parks, beaches, quaint villages, tourist towns, mountain vistas, riverwalks, etc.

Walking makes me feel energized, happy, and enthusiastic and it’s so much easier to see “details” that you miss when in a car or even on a bike. 😀

6. Joanne Sisco - January 13, 2019

I like the idea of climbing, sliding, and bouncing. It sounds like so much fun … preferably with nothing chasing me 😉

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

The photos don’t really do Camp Jurassic justice ~ we got lost (!) in the maze of amazing fun while trying to find the exit.

7. joyroses13 - January 13, 2019

Sounds like a lot of fun! Running is definitely not my thing! But I do like Forrest too! 🙂

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

I enjoyed running in college ~ up and down the Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg. Running isn’t as much fun now . . . since my knees “protest too much.” 😆

joyroses13 - January 13, 2019

Williamsburg is a fun place to go too! 🙂

8. Behind the Story - January 13, 2019

An adult-sized playground. Cool! In the winter up north here, getting sufficient exercise sometimes requires just plain effort.

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

When we lived “up north” I used a stationary bike, an aerobic step, and other INDOOR equipment to get some exercise. Here, it’s much easier to get out and about during the short winter days.

And in summer ~> we swim! 😉

9. anotherday2paradise - January 13, 2019

Looks like a great way to work out. Oodles more interesting than the treadmill. 😅

nrhatch - January 15, 2019

Absolutely! Being outdoors, surrounded by happy energetic kids, gave us some extra “go go” juice.

anotherday2paradise - January 15, 2019

I love that name. I’m sure you could make a small fortune bottling and selling ‘Go Go Juice’. 😀

nrhatch - January 15, 2019

That’s an idea! 💡

10. Debra - January 15, 2019

If we could just determine to have as much fun exercising as you experienced at Camp Jurassic we wouldn’t even have to question whether we were up to it. 🙂 What fun!

nrhatch - January 15, 2019

Most days I’m happy with our “routine” of walking or biking but playgrounds are a great place to “play” ~> swing, slide, climb, run, and . . . laugh!

Cross training at its funnest!

11. roughwighting - January 17, 2019

What a fun way to exercise! And to think, I just went to boring Zumba class this morning. 🙂

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