Day 28, 29 & 30: Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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Day 1 we drove to Miami - and loved it. Our image of Miami was vastly different from the reality - we were thinking Miami Vice crime levels & Gianni Versace slayings - but it was far more sedate and kid friendly than we expected. We did a car-cruise of the Art Deco hotels and buildings - it was too hot for walking, and we were keen to get to South Beach - the kids and I for a swim ... Matt, well I'm not sure what was driving his haste to get there. The white sands (apparently imported??) and turquoise waters were much more like the Florida of our dreams and we swam for ages taking in the bikinis and bodies that give this part of town it's well deserved reputation
Day 2, the Everglades. The kids were not at all excited about visiting a river of grass - in their minds a return to a swamp, but the Air Boat ride lifted their spirits. I'm still not sure it was an environmentally sensitive tour to have taken, but it was fun and we did see the occasional alligator, one turtle and 2 birds. We had planned to venture further into the Everglades, but it was a stinking hot day and Tom had already given us a demonstration of how he felt about being there, so we took the easy road and headed back to the pool
Day 3 was a trip north to Palm Beach which we enjoyed but for all the driving we wished we'd stayed put on the nicer Fort Lauderdale beach right near our hotel!
Tomorrow we leave Florida, which is why we can now make comment about the bugs without fear of jinxing ourselves, and into Georgia. A long drive - we are one DVD player down, so it may be a Very long drive, but we're up for it after a couple of weeks of sun & fun in Florida, the sunshine state!