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North America » United States » Florida » Miami June 22nd 2021

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Miami in June is hot. I’ve spent most of my life in the South, but I had always heard of the cool breezes and daily rain showers that kept Miami from being a sweatbox. Perhaps I just had a different idea of a sweatbox. Either way, I was always glad when I could find air conditioning. It took me 6 months to be able to do anything touristy in 2021, but now that summer has arrived, I’m looking forward to spending more time getting out and about. And yes, I am fully vaccinated, so barring some new variant (I’m looking at you, delta) or preventative measures, I’m going to be doing more traveling and writing in the next couple of months. Most of my faithful readers will ... read more
Calle Ocho, 8th Street in Little Havana
The struts for the dome, leading away from loanDepot Park
Colorful houses in Little Havana

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 27th 2019

9 – 14 March 2019 Pax Guest House, Mount St. Benedict, Trinidad. A theme this trip has been constant contrast and it continued when we moved to Pax. We left the chaos, congestion and general bustle of Couva for the peace on Mount St. Benedict. This was a stop recommended by friends Paul & Sheila who stayed here a short while ago. The Mount is a hill bordering the rainforest with a view down across the plain. In 1912 permission was given to build a church, monastery, convent and guest house at the top and the complex became an important centre for the Catholic Church in Trinidad. It is a good location as all the main birding sites on the island are within reach and they have a very good guide working with the guest house. ... read more
Humming bird
Ruby throated humming bird
Green honeycreeper

North America » United States » Florida » Miami November 23rd 2018

On Thursday morning,after a sound night's sleep, we awoke about 7am and went for breakfast at 7-40am. It was a grey overcast day but still warm. Once we had eaten we hit the road to return to Miami Airport to drop off the car. The roads were very quiet and as we filled up with petrol I realised it was Thanksgiving so noone was heading to work or school thus it would be an easy trip into Miami. It was such an easy drive that we made it to the car rental return before 10am. It was simple to find the right road and drop the car off. All the rental companies have shuttle buses to take customers straight to the port so we found the one owned by Dollar and were soon having exclusive use ... read more
Miami from the ship
Police re watching us!
Leaving Miami

North America » United States » Florida » Miami October 5th 2018

We are in the Miami Airport waiting for our plane. Kamie is literally snoring next to me. I’m drinking Starbucks so I’m wide awake. We were up at 5:30am this morning which is 4:30am Missouri time. We were in the first group off the ship. We Ubered to the Miami airport. We have a very long layover in Atlanta airport today so we won’t be in Memphis until around 5:30pm tonight. I suspect I will be driving home and all will go well. Kamie’s new car is the smoothest ride I’ve ever experienced…. makes driving in out of Memphis traffic seem like a trip to Ramey’s…. it feels like it glides. Update: Kamie took over in Jonesboro and we didn’t get home until around 11pm and let’s just say his driving made me yell at him ... read more
Good Morning Miami
MIA  (Miami International Airport)

North America » United States » Florida » Miami October 1st 2018

Today we got on the ship. The End. Just kidding. It was uneventful, however. Breakfast on the hotel’s dime at a small restaurant next door was good. Check-in was easy in Miami and rather quick. The “problem” with today was our boarding time was early (11am) so we were onboard before 11:30am and they were refueling so the entire ship was non-smoking until almost 1:30pm/2pm. Kamie was not a happy camper. Actually, later we learned he could have been inside smoking in the casino but neither of us thought about the casino since it is the only indoor smoking area on the ship. We had beautiful views of Miami leaving the port. Our ship actually turned-around in the small harbor to leave the port! Never seen a ship do that before. We got fantastic views of ... read more
On the ship - Miami in the background
View of part of Miami from the ship
Coast Guard & Miami Dade Police

North America » United States » Florida » Miami September 30th 2018

Kamie woke me at 4:05am this morning with an upset stomach. Did I pack anything? Yes, I did. ? Suppose his Dave & Busters beer-battered fries didn’t set well? He should’ve had the quesadilla… (like me and other Rockstars). We were back to sleep in a couple of minutes…. then the alarm beeped at 4:45am. We had an easy drive on 240 to the Memphis airport. This was our first time flying out of this airport, but it was fairly simple to navigate and was not busy with traffic this morning. Kamie was wearing a hat he purchased in Cabo San Lucas a few years back. He looked like a redneck going to drink lots of beer on an island to me. Strange enough, his hat was very popular with the ladies this morning. He received ... read more
Waiting for our room

North America » United States » Florida » Miami May 26th 2018

Build day #2! This morning we were able to enjoy sleeping in until 7:30 so I slept in my build clothes, ate some burnt peanut butter toast, drank some iced coffee, and tossed a frisbee before loading up the vans to head to the build site for the day. After sitting in some traffic in Miami (yep this place even has traffic at 9am on a Saturday ?) we made it up to near Fort Lauderdale for our build. It’s was a rainy, wet morning, but what else is new?! ??‍♀️“ K2C—we like to get wet!” We helped clean up some debris where a foundation is about to be laid—think moving large stomps, branches, raking sticks, and moving dirt-turned-mud in a trailer. When the waste was carried away, we found out that it weighed 10,000 pounds ... read more
He loved taking selfies with us! (& Amanda!)
Honoring Patrick
Welcome to Miami

North America » United States » Florida » Miami May 25th 2018

This morning we woke up and were shortly after greeted with the sounds of the good ol’ classic “Welcome to Miami” as we were preparing to ride a good 59 miles to that hot melting pot by the sea. We consumed left over deli sandwiches and ice cream for breakfast (our breakfast options have been slim these days) and cleaned up the host before preparing to head out in what was already a rainy day. I presented town facts and did a little renovated jam of Will Smith’s classic (see pic) and also told my crew about my Affordable Housing interview with Ketty (a partnering family turned employee with Gloucester County Habitat). I rolled out shortly behind Aiden & Raffi with Nora Jane & Jana on a mission to initiate coffee crew (Amanda was unfortunately unable ... read more
Coffee Crew Intiation!
We’re Goin to Miami
First flat of the day

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 18th 2018

My first trip in 2018 was Miami. I have always wanted to go there and my only experiences there was leaving to go on a cruise ship. I went with my friend Scott. We left from NY and the flight was very bumpy due to an excessive amount of clouds. It was a great flight for the most part. It was pretty cool that we got to fly over the Everglades. We landed 20 minutes earlier which I thought would help us see more things in Miami. However, we sat on the plane for awhile waiting for a gate. There was no movement on the plane and the flight attendants didn't tell us a thing. The only thing that was told to us was it was an active runway and not to move. This was funny ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 5th 2018

Departed our Lake Sylvia anchorage at around 8:40 am. Another day of bridges, however, it wasn't as bad as previous days. There is one fixed bridge just north of Miami that has us a little concerned. The height of the bridge and the height of our mast are within a couple feet of each other. We had departed a little later in the morning in order to put us down there around low tide. As it turned out, we made very good time and had to anchor just north of the bridge for a couple of hours. The anchorage was a little rolly, but nice. The weather was absolutely perfect!... read more
Stranahan River
Stranahan River
Cargo ship

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