Reminiscing in Miami & Ft. Lauderdale
Dylan and I met ten years ago at the University of Miami (UM) and have not been back since graduation. It was important for us to spend time in the area again to reminisce, revisit and rediscover a big city that had a big impact on our lives. And BONUS! We got to visit with my cousin, Emma who just started at UM in the fall!
Camping: We lucked out with an open spot at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. This is easily the closest RV campground to Coral Gables. They have dry camping (an open field with no bench, fire ring etc) available if spots are full. The campground is adjacent to a nice park with an easy to navigate trail that people walk, run or bike on. They also have a large clubhouse with frequent activities including game nights, ice cream socials, potlucks and more. Other amenities include swimming pool, laundry, wifi and friendly neighbors :)
University of Miami
Campus has changed since we were there in 2008, the newest addition being a brand new Student Center. We spent a day walking around campus, checking out old dining halls, dorm rooms and classrooms. Afterwards, it only felt natural to grab an early beer at The Rat and continue late night activities in Coconut Grove.
Key Biscayne is a quiet, beautiful place to spend an afternoon (or as we used to know it... study break). Bring lunch, a good book and sunscreen. Everything else will take care of itself.
For V-day we bought tickets to see The Record Company and Jamestown Revival at The Culture Room in Laudy so we packed up and moved to an RV Campground closer to the venue. What we discovered was a great place to camp and more importantly... a fantastic frisbee golf course! Easterlin Park's 18-hole disk golf course is the perfect balance of challenge and fun for all skill levels. And it is FREE. The course is one of the first to open in South Florida... Expect lots of beautiful cypress trees and a few water holes. Bring your own gear or purchase a few disks at their frisbee vending machine aka "Tee Boxx" right outside of the park office. After golf, stop at Funky Buddha Brewery only three miles down the road. Their "Hopstimulator" and "Pineapple Beach" will not disappoint.