South Beach, Miami

Trip Start Jan 02, 2009
Trip End Jan 08, 2009

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Oh, it is great to be on vacation.  We woke up around 6am and I headed out for a run about 6:30. People were already at the Starbucks across the street.  I passed by, cut through the park and hit the beach.  Starting on 2nd street I headed north.  The sand was firm and great for running.  Not like in the northeast US were you sink up to your ankles.  Between the architecture, the sunrise and the interesting life guard stations made the time passed quickly. 

A sliver of sun peeked up from behind the Atlantic Ocean at 7:09 and it was time to head back.  I made a left onto a beach access path and realized I was on 38th street!  A little farther than I expected. But there was a narrow boardwalk which made it easy to pick up my speed.   The boardwalk was great.  It really added something unique and the slight spring in the wood made for a very comfortable run. I was able to see the back of the hotels lining the beach.  Some were VERY nice.   But there were quit a few that were under renovation.  Some looked like they were just abandoned in the middle of a rehab. Probably due to the economy.  I soon ran up to a fence where they were working on the boards.  I asked a South African that was running in my direction about it.  He said they were replacing the boardwalk with concrete block.  Soon I was back on the path which was now block.  It was still scenic, but the difference of the atmosphere and comfort of the boards was very noticable. ...that is too bad.
Well, I made it back to the Hotel by 7:30 or so.  Grabbed a quick shower and hit the continental breakfast.  We sat at one of the 4 tables on the narrow front patio and talked through planning our day using several tourist maps provided bhy the hotel.
Lyn and I strolled north along Ocean Drive.  Taking in the beautiful weather, the palm trees and the Art Deco architecture.  We ended up at the corner of 10th street where there is a nice meditteranean villa. Turns out this was once Gianni Versace's house.  It was quit impressive.
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