This trip started out as a trip to NYC, but as things have it… that trip got postponed, but, when you really want to get away, you just do what you have to do…
These were not even my plans… my friends Amanda and Madi asked me to go…believe it or not I did have to think twice because I am traveling the weekend I get back. I decided to go, I needed a break and shooting Florida would be fun!
Okay, do you know how long it is to drive to Florida from Saint Louis? Just asking! It’s a long long long long long time. I personally was not much of a help driving. I took my shift sometime in the early morning, was encouraged by a few friends to try the 5 hour energy drink, so about 15 minutes into it, I chug down an amazing taste alike of cough syrup. 15 minutes later I feel as if I’ve been sedated and I can no longer drive. I try to do what I can but finally cave in, crawl into the back seat and literally pass out for hours! What the crap is in that stuff?
We drive to Orlando to visit Ryan and Madi asks him to go with us to Miami and from that moment on Ryan was our driver! Ryan has an amazing nascar driving mentality. Can’t complain much, he did great and did not complain when he had to drive 4 starving woman around downtown Miami while we decided what we were going to eat for 2 plus hours!
We met up with Madi’s cousins who were wonderful hosts and I got to enjoy some amazing authentic Mexican food!
Woke up early to watch the sunrise and hooked up with Don Verger, who at the same time in Maine was photographing the sunrise! Check out Don’s website HERE!
I did get to see the new basketball (can you say HUGE) stadium being built for the “dream” team!
I got to the beach…we picked a beach in a very nice area of Ft. Lauderdale, pitched our tent (yes we did) and my goal.. tanning! Ryan and I stayed on the beach and learned some new phrases and Madi, Amanda and Lucy took to the water. The sand was soooooo hot!
The Keys: We went all the way to Key West and I’m sorry to say I am not impressed at all, its way too commercial. We stayed over night at the beautiful Key Largo Hilton, and that is where we caught Ami his Gecko!
I also made a pelican friend, I was shooting him at the end of a dock, left and was almost off the pier when he flew behind me and seriously was only a few inches from me. He was way cool, and I love these special encounters I get ever now and again!
It’s also where I photographed Amanda for her portfolio. Very tropical and beautiful!
We’re on our way home now, I’ve been blessed to be able to work in the car a little bit. Anxious to get back home, get the next weekend shoot done and back to life as usual for a bit, but that seems to be changing constantly!
So here’s to you Florida! Thank you for entertaining me!