My family and I visited Miami. We had never been.
We went to
and also a manatee feeding alongside a dock but in the photos it looks like a submerged log.
We went snorkeling and saw
My oldest snapped those two photos with his disposable. The sea fans are every shade of purple and violet you can imagine.
The next day, me and this hot mama
rented bicycles with our sons. We rode them through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and saw
Miami is overrun with iguanas. They’re everywhere — climbing palms, sunning themselves in the grass. Not just the darker kind seen here but also bright green ones like you see in pet stores. Once while we were riding, a herd of iguanas stampeded across the sidewalk in front of us. Let me stress those words again: a herd of iguanas.
In South Beach, I went on an art-deco tour.
Remember that racy Obsession ad from the ’80s?
It was shot on the — heh — backside of the Breakwater’s sign.
The deco buildings of Miami Beach were originally painted shades of gray, beige, or off-white. In the 1970s when many of them were threatened by demolition, a member of the Miami Design Preservation League attempted to enlist public support for the buildings by concocting a bright palette of pastel colors. Eventually these colors transferred from the buildings to local fashion, both of which were immortalized by Michael Mann in Miami Vice.
We swam a lot in Miami. Ate a lot. Later we went home.
But I want to go back.