Summer Speed at Kings Dominion’s National Roller Coaster Day Weekend

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

My youngest daughter Kaiyana (Aya) and I love summer road trips no matter the distance. Whether we are visiting family in South Jersey or headed to Virginia Beach for the waves, the one-on-one time together is always exciting. So, to all our Fit Fathers please make sure to hit the road to escort your kids to their favorite destinations before time is up and “back to school” anxieties kick in. It’s always ideal for the creation of intimate memories. For us the target was Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA this past weekend for the roller coaster experience including the speedy Intimidator 305.

Aya and I were coming from Silver Spring, MD which is about 2 hours down 95 South. However, Kings Dominion is just 15 minutes from Richmond, VA for the lucky ones. Our ride of choice to warp us there — a Hichroma Red 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 loaned to Fit Fathers for such purposes — was perfect in alleviating time concerns due to quick acceleration and racer like agility. Aya kept telling me to stop acting like I was operating a roller coaster since the power from the Twin Turbo 365-horsepower V6 was so addictive. I told her not to worry because we were blessed with Brembo brakes for immediate stopping power. “Brembo” she asked?

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Vacation Fitness in Paradise: Experience The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to “The Island of Gods” in the magnificent Republic of Indonesia for an immersive vacation to focus on deeper spiritual awareness and living in the presence of Mother Nature’s serenity. Located between Lombak and Java, Bali is a majestic land consisting of volcanic mountains, mesmerizing topography, stunning flora and heartwarming people. The tropical climate — commingled with deep ravines, hillside rice fields, enchanting waterfalls and delectable Balinese fare — has created an indelible imprint that will remain with me indefinitely.

The lifelong dream of visiting Bali was shared by my wife Misa so we decided to manifest our intentions and make reality come true. Deciding on accommodations, whether it’s a resort, condo or villa, is always pivotal. Since Misa is a Platinum member with SPG we zeroed in on The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali which is conveniently located 10 kilometers from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (resembles an ancient temple) and close to the capital city of Denpasar, the main gateway to the island. The luxuriant 5-star family resort is nestled on white sandy beaches with beautiful vistas of the Indian Ocean. The Westin was perfect for enhancing our constellation of wedding commemorations. [Read more…]

Globe Aware Trip to Cambodia: The Impact of Volunteering for a Family

A family’s week-long volunteer vacation in Cambodia harvested a new global perspective for their four children, ages 10-17.

For their volunteer project the Vlaisimsky family spent time building a well for the community, assembling and distributing wheel chairs to landmine victims, and teaching English at a local non-governmental organization providing schooling for disadvantaged children in Siam Reap. It was during their time at the school that the family became intimately acquainted with the richness and reality of the Cambodian culture.  [Read more…]

Machu Picchu, Peru & South America: Trek the Lares Trail:

For those of you who like to get off the beaten track, the Lares Trail trek is the most scenic and cultural of all the Inca trails. The journey begins in the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, and travels through small highland communities that have experienced little change over the centuries. We’ll witness firsthand the traditional lifestyles of the locals as we pass by artisans, weavers, and shepherds with their flocks of llamas and alpacas. With any luck, we’ll also see the impressive Andean condor soaring above. The grand finale is a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” This Peru trekking tour showcases the heart of Peruvian mountain culture. [Read more…]

Free Your Mind at Shenandoah National Park

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Interestingly enough I stumbled upon Shenandoah National Park after the need for an immediate getaway in the woods to free my mind. A nice rustic cabin, trails for hiking, running and epic scenery was my intention. Of course, I’ve always heard of Shenandoah but never had a chance to visit until now. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the solo yet peaceful few days in Virginia which also included meditation atop the mountains, conscious reading and poetic writing. It was the most enlightening and energetic methodology to kick off the new season. [Read more…]

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Introduces New Wellness Program 

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa recently announced a new program, allowing guests to participate in thoughtfully-designed ocean adventures with paddle boarders, boat captains, canoe racers, and others who want to share their respect for the water and passion for the environment with travelers, while giving back to the local community.  These watermen and women will also lead guests to learn about the national marine sanctuary fronting Ka’anapali Beach and the importance of “malama aina” (“protecting the land”) through the beach clean-up activity as the sun rises above the majestic Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains). [Read more…]

Travel Fitness: Austin, Texas

After traveling all day from Washington, DC we had a choice to check emails for a few hours or go outside and enjoy the sun around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas  before our plant-based media dinner. Well, if you know Fit Fathers then you know we chose the latter for 3 miles while absorbing Vitamin D and vibing with fellow runners. Now we’re energized, refreshed and burned 450 calories. Fyi, the emails aren’t going anywhere. Continue to make life enhancing choices people. Your body and mind deserves it.

 

 

Jungle Jack Hanna Returns To Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

 Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on May 27 and May 28 for wild animal shows, autograph signings, special meet-and-greets, and more! The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows in Stanleyville Theater at 12, 2 and 4 p.m.  All shows are included with any annual pass, Fun Card or paid admission.

NEW! Jack Hanna Brunch
Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal sure to satisfy all ages while making unforgettable memories with a special meet and greet with “Jungle Jack” Hanna. Each brunch reservation also includes priority seating to the Jack Hanna show at 12 p.m. located at the Stanleyville Theater. The brunch is $36 for adults and $18 for children (ages 3-9), infants are free and discounts are available for Pass Members.

 Jack Hanna VIP Experience
Meet “Jungle Jack” Hanna himself and get up-close to some of his favorite animal ambassadors. This exclusive VIP experience includes a private meet-and-greet, commemorative photo, a personalized autograph and reserved seating for the Jack Hanna show. The Jack Hanna VIP Experience is $29.99 per person, with Pass Member discounts available.

Serengeti Night Safari featuring Jack Hanna
Saturday, May 27, 8:30 p.m.

Join wildlife extraordinaire, Jack Hanna, on a moonlit adventure during a Serengeti night Safari. The 2.5-hour experience includes an up-close look at the nocturnal behaviors of hippos, lions and hyenas. It continues with a guided safari expedition across Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain to view exotic African animals. Finish the night as you gather around a roaring fire, where “Jungle Jack” himself will share tales of his real-life African adventures. This experience is $119 per person with Pass Member discounts available.

Jack Hanna Family of Fun Sleepover
Saturday, May 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Guests will spend the night at Busch Gardens in one of the park’s secure on-site venues and enjoy a night of family fun, interactive activities and an animal adventure hosted by Jack Hanna. Dinner, a continental breakfast and commemorative gifts are also included. The sleepover is designed for families with children in grade 3 or higher; the cost is $78 per person, with discounts available for Pass Members. Busch Gardens admission is not required or included. Registration is required.

Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer. He is best known as the star of the Emmy®Award-winning television series “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” where audiences are invited to join him on expeditions around the globe.

 

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INFINITI Hoops Experience at the 2018 NCAA Final Four Weekend in San Antonio

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The epic weekend began when I Landed to San Antonio, TX to immaculately warm weather and the pompous and striking 2018 INFINITI QX80 full-size luxury SUV which escorted me in style to the famed Alamodome for the hoops excitement and action. By now you know that the Villanova Wildcats manhandled the Kansas Jayhawks and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers fell to the Michigan Wolverines after a 20-point swing in the second half. However, we can’t forget about our Hardwood Heroes, two teams of cancer survivors, who competed against one another to increase cancer awareness amongst the basketball community. [Read more…]

Eating Soulfully at Cafe Ono in Kona, Hawaii

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

For three days we zipped around the Big Island of Kona, Hawaii trekking to gardens, national parks, volcano sites, healthy eats and lava attractions. We admired the natives and their beautiful lives while they ogled in reply. Fun, energetic places make you want to engage in fun active routines such as the set of reverse dips I completed on the hitched Thule rack carrying our Specialized road bike while admiring the all-mighty Pacific during lunch break. But it was the food that really set the tone of our Hawaiian vacation.   [Read more…]