hyyyper goes to the USA
Florida Day 1 - July 28
Today was finally the day! The start of the best three weeks of my life, The Florida and East Coast Trip. We had get up quite early and get my dad and me to go from the quiet rural village of Grashoek, The Netherlands to the Brussels Airport.
American Airlines AA6423 left without any problems and after our short lay-over in London we were en-route for Miami. Because of the early departure it wasn't hard to sleep most of the time, but for some vague reason the captain wouldn't jump to hyperspeed, which made the flight still last ten and half hours.
After the long flight we arrived at Miami International Airport. Without any problems we got through customs and headed for the rental cars office. We had booked a 'compact', because there was only two of us and we
only had 2 suitcases, yet the clerk was trying to get us to update the package to a 'comfort'. We told him a 'compact' was large enough and we soon found out why he was so insistent on getting us a 'comfort'. As we
walked up the parking lot where the 'compacts' should be, there weren't any. Which meant we got a bigger car for free!
The first stop on our way to hotel would be an electronics store to get our new camera. Because of the low dollar it saved my 90 dollars if I would have bought it back in the Netherlands. The second stop was to drive by those neat villa's you always see in CSI:Miami. I must say that if I ever get a gazillion dollars somewhere, I'd totally buy myself a house or two over there.
Eventually we got to our hotel, The Starlite. It was right on Ocean Drive, which basically meant that if you went sleepwalking, you'd have a great chance of drowning yourself in the nearby ocean. The hotel wasn't that
great, but the location and cheap prize made up for that. We spend the evening walking north on the beach, took a left into Miami Beach, ate something (cheeseburger for me, obviously), and walking back to the hotel.
I was amazed by how calm Miami Beach was. Having only been to New York before, it was a very different experience not to see the sidewalks crowded and taxi's rushing over the crossings. Ocean Drive was beautifully lit at night. I really enjoyed walking trough the beachside park at night. Hotels on one side, the beach on the other and palm trees above you.
Our plane is awaiting in the wet Belgium morning
Looking at Miami during final approach stages
Our means of transportation for the next 12 days, a Chevvy Malibu (with added fuzzy dice!)
"...get on my knees and pray ...
We don't get fooled again, Oh No..."
Our hotel, it wasn't much, but at least it was on Ocean Drive and cheap =)
One of the most awesome beaches, South Beach
Ocean Drive was amazing at night. Every hotel and club was lit like they were stuck in the 70ties
Awesome, it's so cool to see places that are no big deal to me as vacation destinations. It's really fun driving on the beach. I like the picture from the airplane too, it would be awesome if more people posted those.
I look forward to reading more, and I'll be watching this thread for updates.
Bas, I am so looking forward to the full post of your adventures! (He really does have some awesome pics in line to be posted, so keep an eye out for this one.) Maybe even an occasional, boring, old moon?
I was able to visit South Beach on a day trip once after a cruise. I really would like to go spend some time there as well. I love all of the art deco architecture. If the Starlite is reasonable, I may keep it in mind!
Good start Bas, I'll anxiously await more updates! KerryB
hyyyper goes to the USA
Florida Day 2 - July 29
Today we were going to leave behind the beaches of Miami and head out to the far south of Florida, Key West. After the long, yet beautiful drive over the Overseas Highway we arrived at Key West. We boarded a catamaran (two-hulled sailboat) and headed west. Unfortunatly we didn't go I far as I had hoped. Basically, the captian was sailing up and
down the water, only half a mile from the Key. The first part of the sunset was absolutely beautiful, but a clould blocked the sun the second part of it's descend, which was kind of a letdown.
Back on land, we walked into the town and (by chance?) found a Hard Rock Cafe. Which meant that the diner would yet again consist of cheeseburgers. After a delicious meal we went back to the hotel to get the nessecary sleep for next day's drive to the Everglades.
The road to the keys. I could insert a lame joke here. But I won't.
"..Standin' on the dock of the bay..."
Instead of the water being brown like in the Netherlands, it actually is blue in Florida, how kind of the water.
My dad's on the left and I'm on the right, in case you were wondering.
hyyyper goes to the USA
Florida Day 3 - July 30
This day was one the least interesting of the whole trip. We would be driving from
Key West back to Miami and then onto Everglades City. The ride itself took 5 hours,
add a couple rest stops and you'll driving 7 hours.
When we reached the everglades, I was suprised by how dead it was. I tought the
Everglades were a tourist attraction in Florida, but the place was dead. Perhaps
it was the time of the year (which I doubt because it was the end of july) or
everybody is afraid of the mosquitos (which is very plausible, damn bugs).
The hotel on the other hand was very cool, they had the entire placed fenced of with fly
screens and double doors. Even the pool had a fly-screen cover over it. And it was
so good to be free of those bugs.
So this is where all those palm trees come from. Seriously, there was like 5 miles of palm fields next to the highway.
O noes, a thunderstorm, thankfully we didn't plan anything today.
You make one step in the Everglades and suddenly my dad has a thing for aligators, well, this one's for you dad.
This was the cool 'bug-free-pool' in our 'bug-free-hotel'.
Looks sweet, and honestly you never here anyone talk about the everglades and how they went there and how fun they were. It's more of a tourist thing, even I have never been, and I live only a few hours away. Anyways hope you have/had fun in Florida, my home state!
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