The Brother Arrives!

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Miami Everglades Campground

Flag of United States  , Florida
Friday, May 6, 2011

The highlight of our Thursday was picking up my brother Daniel at the
airport so that he could begin his own vacation, while getting ready to
drive our little home on wheels back to the West Coast. Once we finally
made it to the airport (driving in Miami can be a little trying on my
patience), we decided to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo holiday before
returning to our campsite. This adventure took us to Miami Beach, home
of one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in town. The first
stop was at the Mojito Lounge, where their selection of 15 mojitos were
half off. It was a good place to get our first drink and toast to
Daniel's arrival. The stick of sugar cane in the drinks went over
especially well with Daniel! Another restaurant that advertised 2-for-1
sangria caught our eye, and we ended up having Peruvian food for
dinner, a first for all of us. The food was delicious and we all left
full. The celebration was in full swing at this point, with bands
playing and the crowds getting into the party mood. I'd say we
certainly enjoyed our Cinco de Mayo in Miami and it was a good way to
get in a lot of fun in a short amount of time as we were going to be
waving goodbye to the teardrop in less than 24 hours from then.

woke up to a little morning rain today and contemplated how long we
could wait it out before we had to get up and start packing the car.
Luckily it wasn't too long before it stopped and we were up and
throwing the sheets in the laundry while beginning to break down camp.
After getting set, we had lunch and waved goodbye to our last campsite
as we hit the road. We had decided it would be fun to take Daniel to
the Everglades National Park since he seems to be a bit mesmerized by
the giant creatures and our admission ticket from earlier in the week
was still valid. When we got there Della and I were surprised as the
water level that was pretty low last week had further receded and there
was a lot of swamp land that was now exposed mud as opposed to
alligator hideouts. This meant that the slough areas that were still
full of water were packed with the giant lizards and there were also
others lounging in full view on the banks or in the high reed areas. We
got some great views of the gators and were able to get everyone in and
out of the park intact and since Daniel was convinced that he should
wrestle I guess that's saying something. From there we headed for
Miami. It wasn't too much later that we were setting up Daniel's GPS
and then exchanging hugs and saying our goodbyes. It was bittersweet to
wave as he and the teardrop sped away, we are both more than excited
for what's to come next but there was something about leaving the home
that has served up so well over these last 5 weeks that was a little
hard to do. With Daniel headed north to eventually meet my sister Jamie
who is flying in to Nashville tomorrow afternoon it was just the two of
us and the things we could carry. This time tomorrow we'll be somewhere
in the Atlantic and starting the "sea" portion of this great adventure.
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compils on

Wow, wow, and wow! Have fun. Hope your sea legs develop quickly.

Liz on

Man, those mojitos look good! I don't know if you're on the cruise ship or not, but ahoy and have a wonderful time on the cruise!
Can't wait to see u in a month!

<a href=">Miamicar</a> on

Wow this is a great thanks for sharing the story witht he world

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