|The Art Deco area of South Beach, Miami|
Bel Amie from Marine Weather..." and apparently drifted off into a sound, weather verbiage induced sleep. Toward the end of the broadcast it was the aromatic hazelnut coffee along with the familiar tinkling of the spoon against a ceramic mug that had the power to rouse me. Remember Pavlov's dog? I awoke attempting to recall anything that was said. "Approaching cold front, stalled trough, squalls, the Euro model, the GSS model," are all words that I vaguely recalled but, in my drowsy state failed to process in any logical order. After downing my first cup of coffee I asked Joe for the highlighted condensed recap of the morning forecast. This is how each day begins aboard the Simple Life.
|A dolphin off the coast during the sail to Miami|
|The dinghy dock on Collin's Canal, Miami|
One positive feature of having a weather delay in Miami Beach is that there seems to be no shortage of activities or opportunities for sightseeing. Simple Life has been anchored in Sunset Lake for nearly a week. The lake offers great protection in all wind conditions and has excellent holding.
|Simple Life's anchorage in Sunset Lake, Miami Beach|
We've dinghied to nearby Collins Canal where there's a dinghy dock across from a Publix Market! Great provisioning while staging for the Bahamas during this weather layover. The local bus which cost $.25 travels throughout South Beach. We've done a fair amount of walking but, it's nice to hop the bus when carrying chairs and umbrellas after a day on South Beach where so far there have been no celebrity sightings. Not even one Kardashian.
|Our neighbors in Sunset Lake |
Jim and Bentley from Salty Paws
Our neighbors in Sunset Lake, Jim and Bentley aboard Salty Paws invited us to join them for delicious tuna roll ups and spring rolls. They caught the tuna while sailing with a hand line! Delicious treats and great company. Joe and I invited them over to Simple Life last night for Shrimp Mozambique one of our Portuguese favorites from back home.
|Art Deco architecture|
During our first day in South Beach we went on a bender when it came to sightseeing. Joe steered us toward Lincoln Road, a well known highlight during any visit to Miami. He must have read that somewhere. It's a trendy outdoor mall with shops and inviting alfresco cafes where the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah have reportedly braved paparazzi and adoring crowds.
|An array of colorful lifeguard towers |
on South Beach, Miami
|Bold colors are everywhere in Miami|
|An iconic lifeguard tower on South Beach, Miami|
photo by Joe Boulay
No one adored us as we navigated the crowds at the mall we simply saw all types, ages and sizes of people watching people. Heading east at the end of Lincoln Road is South Beach where we planned to take a short stroll just to check it out for the future. The short stroll became a longer one that led us to its end at South Point at Nikki Beach another favorite of the rich and famous where Ferraris and Bentleys seem to be the transportation of choice. I personally wouldn't recognize a Bentley from a Ferrari but, Joe certainly took notice. It was nearing sunset and it quickly became apparent that as usual we'd overdone our first day in town. One thing we need to work on when arriving in a new port is pacing ourselves on our first day of "shore leave." Although, it seems that we'll not be bored or lacking activities during our stay here in Miami Beach and I'm sure Joe will be researching even more ways to keep us on the verge of vacation saturation.
|A crowded day on South Beach, Miami|
photo by Joe Boulay