EIGHTEEN AND HALF HOURS LATER...
Before we left we had to go to Leasburg to pick up Zach from his house and waited a bit for him to get his stuff together. After we packed his stuff into the car we said our goodbye and hugs to Shawn which is Zach and Ryan's father. We headed to Cuba which is about (10) ten minutes away to meet with Dawn which is Zach and Ryan's mother to tell her goodbye and hugs and then we stopped to fill up and we busted out for Miami about 14:00pm.
The Birds have landed!
After our very long car drive from St. Louis to Miami we finally stopped at Bayfront Park Amphitheater because Ryan had a small stunt performance to do for one of his sponsors - Bourbon. As he did that Claire, Zach and I went around the area and stretched our legs from the car ride, Took some photos and scouted the area for some parkour runs.
Bayfront Park Amphilheatre
Getting settled in
Ryan gave us a call when he was finished with his performance so we all met back up and decided to head to the hotel so we could all unpack and get settled in. After Getting situated we decided to scout and explore some of Miami Beach and the surrounding areas. We found our way up on the roof so we got some nice photos of that, hit the beach, and experienced some of the night life.
We got in contact with Justin Sheaffer who is a sponsored athlete by World Freerunning Parkour Federation and owner of Tranquil Movement. He also organizes and runs T.I.T. Jam WHICH IS A FUND RASING EVENT TO SPREAD AWARENESS FOR bREAST CANCER. tAKE A LOOK AT MY WANDERING WEDNESDAY'S: THE NATURAL STATE to get a better idea what all went down. We talked to him on some spots to hit up and one of them were Wynnwood! Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, It is north of Downtown Miami and Overtown, and adjacent to Edgewater. The Wynwood Arts District is home to over (70) Seventy Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Greater Miami, developers have rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings, transforming them into the numerous art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other creative businesses that are seen here today.
After we hit up Wynwood, scouted some areas, got some footage while we were here, explored and took some photos we met up with Justin later to train for couple hours and we had a chance to catch up which was really nice, we only get to see each other about once a year so it was nice to have some real talk. The location we decided to train at started raining on us so we got some rain training in and shortly after we made plans to meet the next day and we split ways to head back to Miami Beach.
We had to check out of the hotel we were in on that morning because our initial living plans were canceled on us so we had to find a place to crash. After scouting some areas of Miami Beach to find some good cover to sleep since its already midnight we were all very tired. Ryan and I got out of the humid car to go and look for a place to sleep. We checked out the beach it's self to possibly find a place to lay down but we decided it wasn't good since everything is wet and very well could rain again so we looked around to maybe find a tall building to sleep but no luck! After an hour or so we finally found a place, called Parkway Inn (Airport Motel). We were pretty lucky to have found this place considering every hotel was booked. Parkway Inn wasn't a bad place to crash either. It wasn't no five star hotel but it had a bed and comfortable living:
We woke up fairly early so we could get some breakfast so we stopped at a local McDonald's to eat. We got there pretty early so we didn't have to pay for parking but go ahead and bet you will always pay for parking! About 0900 hours I went out to pay our meter and as I walked out there was a tow truck pulling our car away! So, i rushed to the officer and asked if i could still pay for the parking, he said that we couldn't park there. I understood that and assured the officer that I had full intentions to pay but the meter wouldn't let us till 0900. He repeated that I couldn't park there. After the second time it was getting annoying so i asked if i could move the car and he said that was fine. I rushed to get Ryan so we could move it and as we both turn to go outside the officer gave the ok to tow it. After a couple hours of getting our car back we finally got it (but it wasn't easy) and then we had to head back to the hotel to check out which we made in good timing.
After the stress from the tow company which I believe they were called Miami Beach Towing. They were absolutely a pain in the butt and really ripped us off. Come to find out after Claire's dad did some research on them they are known to do this. They hire the homeless to watch travelers cars and when they park in places that aren't marked or simply parking without paying they call these guys in to come and get the tow. So if you catch yourself around Miami Beach you may want to keep an eye out and make sure you always pay because it's going to be the biggest pain to get your car back. We finally head out to Miami university! Where we made plans to meet up with Justin and train for a good solid hours. After training we decided to get something to eat and you can do that right there on the campus. We sat down and caught up on the last year. Talked about whats upcoming especially with t.i.t. jam which you can read all about superhero Sunday's: THE NATURAL STATE. After hanging with Justin for better part of the whole day we all had to go our seperate ways. The next morning we headed to our cousin, Mel's. We have some family in Florida but they are all the way down in the Keys - Key West.
Google map of Miami University
Where Mel lives is a (6) six hour drive to MEl's! After taking many shifts of switching drivers and being super tired from the car ride, suffering from some stiffness from being in a ball when we slept. I remember my knee giving me some issues and my lower back aching so the Ride was very long. We finally arrived early in the am and met with Mel! I haven't seen MEl in quite awhile as it is so it was really nice to have seen her. Watching her grow from the big super cool cuz who smoked and did cool things, has grown to a beautiful, strong and goal oriented. I'm so proud of her. So we got a good time of catching up and having breakfast thanks to Sunshine. Mel's boyfriend's friend. Thank you for taking time to make it for us, very thoughtful. About (10) ten am we made plans to go see the (7) seven mile bridge that is now abandoned! Mel's mom lives down this way so we got to meet up with her later on the bridge and so glad I got to see her. I remember every summer going to spend it with Nick and Lori. We would paint ball, ride bikes, and explore the city.
Off to Gainsville
After a couple hours with Mel, Sunshine, Scotty, And Lori we had to head out because we had one heck of a drive ahead of us. We had to stop in Gainsville before we left because some of Claire's family lives in Florida. It was nice to see them again and have dinner. Thank you so much ladies!! After our dinner we headed out for home and back to the grind.
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Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri