Celebrating independence

8 Jul

Happy Friday all! I know it’s been awhile, but with the short work week, I’ve been extremely busy writing articles and editing profiles nearly every evening. That said, I hope everyone had an amazing Forth of July weekend.

Addam had to work Saturday and Sunday, but we both had Monday off. In an effort to make the most of the holiday, we planned a cookout with our good friends John and Tati. John’s brother knew a guy with a yacht, so we decided to spend our Independence Day grilling out on the water.

After packing up some eats and hiding the dog, Addam and I hopped on the bus and headed out. It’s always a feat getting Yoga to stay quiet long enough to sneak her anywhere, but she was on her game. Despite running a little late, we got to our destination without incident.

It took us awhile to find the house, but once we got there Addam and I had an amazing time. The boys were having trouble getting the boat started, so we had some time to kill before the battery was fully charged. While it was looking like we were never going to get out into the water, it wouldn’t have really mattered, because everyone was having fun.

After a couple of drinks, a few dips in the warm water and hours of laughs, the boat was roaring and ready to go… about two minutes before we were all about to pack everything up and head to Hollywood Beach. While I know we would have had a great time regardless of what we were doing, I’m glad the yacht got started, as it was the first time Addam and I have actually been out on a boat since moving to Miami. (Unless you count Ben’s canoe, which I guess you should. While I had an awesome time, it’s a lot different when you don’t have to do all the rowing. We did, however, go to the same island.)

While there was plenty of sun when we got started, the gang stayed out on the water until well past night fall. Once we hit the sandbar we were headed to we anchored for a bit to grill out, take a dive and enjoy some late night fireworks. Even though it was a bit chilly once I got out of the water, the weather was absolutely perfect and there was no reason for even one second of complaint.

The entire evening was incredibly fun and exciting — so much so that my face still hurts from smiling so much. It’s not often that I let myself relax and leave my worries at home. On the Fourth I had not a care in the world. I was, literally and figuratively, floating.

Addam, Yoga and I headed home around 1 a.m. and practically fell into bed upon reaching the apartment. Even though we usually spend the Fourth of July at Rothbury, a huge music festival in Michigan, I can’t complain one bit. We shared the holiday with great friends and had a fabulous time. I rarely appreciate Miami for all it is, but this weekend may have turned me around.

It was a gorgeous day.

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” — Hunter S. Thompson, journalist, (1937-2005).

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