Fall Break 2010

Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami, Florida 2009
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Last year was the first year that my wife and I made a trip during her fall break session. We had a blast – if you had not read it before – here it is. For this years trip, we decided to go where the weather was a bit warmer – Miami with a  short cruise in the Bahamas. Main purpose is using the time to step back and relax, read and reflect.

We started off with a couple of days in the South Beach area of Miami. Nice way to start off – on the beach! South Beach is an experience in and of itself. For me the people watcher, I had a ball. We did take some time to wonder around the shopping experience of South Beach. It was a Sunday and the streets were packed with shoppers, vendors and the locals. We had a mission on this trip to stop and enjoy lunch at Van Dyke Cafe. The food did not disappoint! After some more shopping and taking in the sites – back to the beach for the sunset! Watching the sun go down over the ocean is probably one of the best views in the world.

Monday rolled up pretty quick and we were off to the next leg of the adventure, four day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. We have found that cruising is definitely a lot of fun – done it more than 10 times. Nothing like unpacking once, not worrying about where and when the next meal is and just enjoying time relaxing. The itenary for this short cruise was Key West, Fl; Nassau, Bahama’s and Cococay, Bahamas. Last week’s weather scare of a hurricane in the area did not stop us from having a good time. We did encounter some rain in Key West and Nassau but not enough to stop us Arizona folks from having fun! Cococay is a private island that Royal Caribbean leases. It is set up for all of the usual island fun – relaxing in the sun, swimming with nature in the ocean, water sports a plenty and a great BBQ. The weather was sunny and we had a blast.

I was able to finish Linchpins by Seth Godin, which I will publish my book review on shortly. I was able to get plenty of relaxation time and think about my next chapter in my life coming up soon. For those that don’t remember or don’t know – I am retiring on 1/3/2011. I will be moving onto whatever is out there for me…

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