Thursday, May 2, 2013 We are now at Crandon Park Marina in Miami, Fl. Our plan was to leave for the keys yesterday from No Name Harbor which is on the southerly tip of Key Biscayne, but the weather did not cooperate. The forecast for Wednesday was lower winds which we had been waiting for, but a low front begat storms. Monday morning appeared to be ok for traveling, but as the day progressed the weather deteriorated. After weathering torrential rains, we are glad we have waited. The next good weather window looks to be Saturday or Sunday. If we had to wait out the storms, we decided we would like to have electricity, plenty of water, and a laundry. Crandon Park has these amenities, but unfortunately the showers are cold. I mean literally, there is no hot water. With unlimited water and electricity at the dock, we can shower on the boat. Not quite the same as a hot shower on land but will have to do, and the price is right.
Today we decided we would take a city tour of Miami. After studying the bus transit map, we walked to the entrance of the marina, crossed the road to the bus top to wait for the bus that is supposed to come every 20 minutes. As we were crossing the road, a patrolman told us that that bus stop had been eliminated and that we would have to walk across the bridge to the next stop. It looked to be about ½ mile so off we went. At the next stop, there was a sign stating that that bus stop was also not on the route any longer. Ok, we then walked another ¼ of a mile to the next stop. By the way, all this time not a single bus has passed on either side of the road. About 30 minutes later a bus finally rolls up that took us downtown.
Once downtown we caught the Metromover which is kind of cool. First of all it is free and is a small train that moves on tires on a track without a driver. It is computer controlled. It reminded me of the trains that the Dauntless rode in the book Divergent. We didn’t get on the right loop at first, so we got off and caught another one. After getting off, we then walked about several blocks to Bayfront Park where we bought tickets for the Red Bus City Tour. It had only taken us about 2 hours to get there! Not a very efficient use of our time this morning. Oh, well we certainly have time to spend at the moment. The tour had two parts, downtown and the beach. First we did the downtown and then came back and caught the bus for the beach tour. The buses are double-decker so of course we sat on top for the first tour, but by the time the second one started threatening rain clouds had formed so we chose a seat inside. As soon as the bus took off, the rains came in sheets!!! The bus leaked like a sieve. Water dripped through the light fixtures, ran down the steps from above, and coursed down the floor. The guide passed out plastic ponchos. It was all very comical. We could hardly see out the windows for the condensation and the hard rain. Many of the streets in South Beach were flooded. It was a much different South Beach than we had seen last week.
We decided to splurge on a taxi to come back. I am in my jammies, and James is taking his pre-bedtime nap. Tomorrow is another day.