Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mixing Business with Pleasure in South Florida

Alright, the trip was almost entirely pleasure.  It was so fun actually it is probably not fair or honest to call it any part business; however, since we did have to stop by the Taiwanese Consulate in Miami twice and left Miami on Monday with Taiwan Resident Visas placed in our passports it can be called a business trip.  So Thursday and Monday were partly filled with official business, and Friday through Sunday with official fun and adventure.

A few beers and good food in South Beach with my long-time friend Joey

Friday was airboat rides and wildlife viewing in the Everglades, Saturday was skydiving over Key West and subsequently enjoying the people watching once safely back on the ground, and Sunday was fishing for trout, snook, and tarpon off the dock in Key Largo and a trip through the Everglades to see the American Crocodile.

Welcome to the Alligator Farm!  Yee-Haw!

Skydiving ... what an incredible raw experience: it's like a dream and a nightmare come true at the same time; but no doubt about it - I can't think of a better place in the world to fall from a plane!

Ready to go again?! or So Happy to be back on the ground at the Southern-Most Point in the U.S.A.?

I can't believe Erin didn't have the camera ready for the HUGE one I caught right before this one!

Smile :)

It was an added benefit to spend great quality time with two great friends of mine: one from high school, Joe, and the other from Vanderbilt, Jack.  It was also our last real get-away from Curacao before making our final get-away this June.  I think this past weekend marks the beginning of the final chapter of our lives here in Curacao, but no matter the remaining details this has been another story we'll never forget.