Had a blast in Ocean City, MD, Dover, DE, and Rehoboth Beach, DE this past weekend. Even rolled through Dewey Beach, DE briefly. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I absolutely LOVE being on the road.
I’ll have some more updates, and a pretty big announcement or two in the coming days…. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Spring!
After a very LONG and ROUGH night on Wednesday, we got up early on Thursday, checked out, and unfortunatally, left the Newport Beachside. I absolutely loved this hotel. There’s not much wrong I could say about it. We ended up driving up North of Miami and ended up at the John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania, Florida. Awesome place. They have beautiful beaches, offer boating, biking, actually a wide variety of different activities. They also feature a restaurant, the Loggerhead Cafe.
We had an AMAZING meal there, including a sampler we got which included Salmon, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin! I had Mahi Mahi a few days earlier at Kitchen 305, and loved it, but before this never tried Marlin. Let me tell you….wow. It was absolutely delicious. The rest of the meal was amazing as well, and not over-priced whatsoever, as are a lot of places in the Miami-area. Not to mention, there was only one woman running the entire place (which is sort of hard to find, so it’s not that busy) and she did a damn-near PERFECT job. Friendly service like you wouldn’t believe!
The park itself only costs $6 per car to get into, and is well worth it. It’s going to be a future stop for sure next time I’m down in Miami…
After our delicious meal we took one last walk on the beach, and fast-forward some 31 hours later and 3 or 4 hours of sleep mixed in there, here I sit in my office writing this Blog post. I am already sort of upset that I’m no longer in Miami, but that’s how it goes. I am looking forward to my next journey, as well as the hustle in between. To give you an idea of why I may be upset as well, let me give you a comparison…..
Yesterday when I left Miami…….
Today when I arrived back in Pennsylvania:
Seems sort of unfair, doesn’t it? Regardless, I’ll always have my great memories… not to mention my photography! In case you are wondering, we decided not to stop at DisneyWorld on this trip (although we did go through the Orlando area) due to time constraints, etc… When we do go to Disney, we want to make an entire trip out of it. It’s not the kind of place you can just “see in one day.”
From here on the 2011 OUP Photography Tour will be stopping at Cedar Point & HersheyPark in June, as well as back to Outer Banks, NC in July! Plus, you NEVER know what might pop up in between then! (wink wink). STAY TUNED!
Today started out a little later than anticipated, but we still got up around 9 AM. After getting ready, we managed to get some things done. We got some postcards sent out, bought some groceries for the hotel room, and explored Miami a bit. Then, the rain hit! I was expecting it, but boy did it rain! It ended up being a total downpour. We made the most of it and relaxed around the hotel a bit, and as soon as it cleared, hit the pool and walked up and down the beach.
Even while it was raining it was still near 80 degrees outside, and the pool is heated. I would venture to say “extremely” heated. It almost feels like a gigantic hot tub. As for the ocean, it’s a bit chilly, especially today, but not too bad at all. The wind/rain storm rustled up the bottom of the ocean and brought up all sorts of seaweed, garbage, etc.. We actually ended up finding a coconut! Still havn’t yet decided what we’re doing with it yet…
The plan for the rest of tonight is to just relax around the hotel, and get ready for tomorrow. We’re planning on getting up and watching the sunrise, having breakfast of some sort, and spending the day on the beach! I bought a bodyboard today and it’s supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow and Wednesday, and I plan on getting some use out of it! We’re also thinking about taking a bus and exploring the nightlife of downtown Miami tomorrow night… we’ll see!
I’ve already had a blast, and look forward to these last few days of this journey!
One week from today, next Friday, January 14th, the 2011 OUP Photography Tour kicks off as we head down to Florida! The shot above is the hotel we’ll be staying at in Miami, the Newport Beachside!
We’ll first be going to Mt. Dora’s Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza on Sunday morning, January 16th. From there on it’s down to Miami! Our hotel actually has four restauraunts inside and offers a bunch of neat features. Awesome! I hope to do some boating while down there, possibly some snorkeling, go out one night, and spend a lot of quality time on the beach! We’ll be leaving Miami on Thursday, January 20th, possibly stopping at Orlando, then heading home to arrive back in town Friday night, January 21st.
This is going to be an extremely exciting trip! Follow along right here on this Blog!