Learning to Water Ski on an Airhead U-Ski Bamboo Platform

Skiing at the Orange County Sportsman’s Club

This past weekend our friends, the Lang’s, hosted a get-together at the Orange County Sportsman’s Club, a non-profit, private boating and sportsmen’s club that was founded in 1931.  The club, originally called the “Panther Club” is located on 12 acres and backs up to Lake Sheen which is part of the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Using an Airhead U-Ski Bamboo Platform

Steve Lang, a former skier at SeaWorld, spent the entire afternoon taking kids out on the lake teaching them how to ski, using an Airhead U-Ski Bamboo Platform.  Both of my boys, who had never water skied before,  were quickly up on the boards and loving it.


From Beautiful Suites to a Rundown Resort

This past Saturday, my son and I took off on an adventurous morning of exploring a rundown resort.

TARGET: South Beach Orlando Luxury Suites.

As you can see in the photos at that link, the South Beach Orlando Luxury Suites were once a beautiful destination for tourists to come to and enjoy a vacation.  In the last 2 years of living here in Central Florida I’ve passed by the resort a few times thinking, “How can this be?”

Exploring the resort was amazing and yet sad all at the same time.  Below is a few before and after photos.  The before photos were found online, the after photos were what we took when we were there.  For a list of ALL photos Visit www.gramsnack.com/#rundownresorts

To see ALL our photos, visit www.gramsnack.com/#rundownresorts

Little Detroit in Orlando

These last few days have been an absolute whirlwind of craziness. On Saturday my friends, The American Secrets, came into town to perform at the Orlando Calling, a music festival featuring around 60 bands playing at the Citrus Bowl.

With a sitter for Dawson, Amy and I took Ethan with us on both Saturday and Sunday. This marked Ethan’s first concert that he’s been to outside of the local shows that we’ve taken him to over the past few years. Although he missed The Killers and Bob Seger he got to check out The American Secrets, Kid Cudi, Blake Shelton and Kid Rock.

Sunday night at the Orlando Calling was wild. We met up with other friends to go see Kid Rock and Seger. It was like being in little Detroit with mounds of fans filling the VIP room with shirts, jackets and hats that donned the Detroit Tigers old english “D”, Made in Detroit, and other Detroit themed clothing. Almost every conversation I’d hear in passing had some reference to that person living or having lived in Michigan.

Outside of the gorgeous weather, I had almost forgotten that I wasn’t in Detroit.