I have spent the majority of the past 6 months in Miami Beach with just a few side trips here and there. Because of this whole new living situation, I’ve kept myself completely busy with work and taking on new clients. Not surprisingly, it costs a bit more to live on a beach than it does to set up base in the middle of the country, so I’m working on finding a way to maintain all of my different projects, while still being a somewhat-social, non-homeless person.
My last real excursion involved a completely unplanned trip to Curacao. By that, I mean we booked our flight less than an hour before we were supposed to be at the airport. We barely made the flight. It was impressive timing, even by my standards. I’ve never been to the Dutch Antilles, so it was great to experience a new destination. The island was beautiful. I highly suggest visiting, especially since it’s an easy, non-stop flight from MIA. For accommodation options, see Curacao Vacation Rentals.
My coming posts will break down the trip into smaller, more detailed sections. I just wanted to quickly check-in, and let you all know I’m still alive and doing what I do. I’ll try to keep the lapse between posts at a minimum from now on.
The weekend following the Everglades, I headed to the Florida Keys for some more camping. However, once arriving in Islamorada, it was decided to spend Friday night in a hotel in Key West and Saturday night in the tent. I’ve never spent a considerable amount of time in Key West, so Duval Street was the obvious choice for Friday night drinks and food. Saturday was spent biking around the area, visiting the butterfly conservatory, eating, taking photos, and heading back up to Long Key State Park to set up a campsite.
Some photos from Key West:
Camping is my new thing. There’s always something going on somewhere in Miami, so I get my city fix during the week. On the weekends, I’ve been trying to get out to enjoy some of the national parks. My first weekend camping adventure involved a trip to the Everglades. Staying in the South Florida swamps is usually not recommended during the summer due to mosquitos, but I’m pretty bad at waiting things out. Once I get an idea in my head, it’s fairly difficult for me to postpone that plan for a few months. I like to just go. On the plus side, the lack of popularity this time of year made for some quiet backcountry camping, which is exactly what I wanted.
The first night involved setting up camp at an easily accessible campsite. It was too late to venture further out, so camping near the park’s amenities was about the only option. Besides the mosquitos, the camping area was perfectly decent. There weren’t too many other people, and it was simple to pack up camp for the next day’s adventures. Plus, we had some boxed wine. Everything is better with wine.
After a night of waging war against against the Everglades’ insect air force, it was time to pick up a canoe and find something slightly more interesting. After paddling for 13 miles, we arrived at a chickee in a secluded lagoon. Since we were actually surrounded by water, the mosquitos were not all that bothersome. The South Joe River chickee was just about the perfect camping location.
While we didn’t see any other people for 2 days, the lagoon was home to some other inhabitants. We were told that the waters housed alligators, crocodiles, and sharks, but dolphins were the most prevalent.
After another night and 13-mile canoe ride, it was time to make our way back toward the city: tired, sore, not smelling the best, but already planning the next trip.