Why Miami Should Be Your Next U.S. Vacation

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From the playful colors to the scent of sea air, Cuban flavors and humming rhythms, Miami plays on all the senses. In Miami, you’ll find more than a breathtaking destination featuring a thriving art scene, tropical beaches and culinary treats — though you’ll spend plenty of time indulging in all of these. You’ll find a destination that’s thriving with a vibrant spirit that’s all its own.

It’s hard narrowing down the list of reasons you should visit Miami. But if we had to sum it all up, we’d say Miami’s neighborhoods make a strong case for why you should stay a while. Miami is a mosaic of vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, each offering myriad opportunities to eat, drink and explore. Frequent visitors may think they know where to go, but even regulars should step outside their comfort zone and discover the hidden secrets of these areas.

Little Havana

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Scattered with Latin-inspired restaurants and venues, Little Havana is a slice of Cuban delight. Vibrant and colorful yet overwhelmingly authentic, Little Havana exudes a richness that fills you up from the inside out, starting with its food. Sip on cafe con leche at the famous Versailles before sampling arguably the best Cuban sandwich in the city at Sanguich de Miami. Stop by Domino park where the locals mingle before spotting Cuban celebrities along the Calle de Ocho Walk of Fame.

Wynwood

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A stroll through Wynwood is a reenergizing experience. This former warehouse district has been reimagined into the city’s art focal point, with over 70 galleries and museums showcasing the work of hundreds of creators and innovators. Murals adorn the outside of buildings, clothing them in bright colors. Hop from a boutique to a restaurant to a gallery easily. Stroll through the the Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collections, which showcases old masters while promoting new creators. Or enter a world of garden goodness at Plant The Future, a landscaped gallery space. When the sun dips below the horizon, slip into one of Miami’s most mouthwatering restaurants, like the masterpieces at Alter or the numerous options at the Asian food hall 1-800-Lucky. You won’t be disappointed.

Downtown Miami

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The city center used to be just a way station, a passing-through point on your way to the beach. But these days Downtown Miami is thriving again, evolving and embracing a renaissance. Led by a fresh crop of museums, restaurants and bars, this area is coming alive. Shuffle through the Pérez Art Museum or the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science before making your way to enjoy some Baja fare at PEZ or tasty shareable plates from Jaguar Sun. When the sun goes down, slip over to Bloom Skybar for high-end drinks accompanied by a stunning view.

Coconut Grove

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If it’s romance you’re after, look no further than Coconut Grove. Dreamy and relaxed, this neighborhood is the respite your soul has been looking for. It was practically built for walking, with the beautiful Peacock Park spilling into the boardwalk. Specialty stores sit next to chic restaurants like Strada in the Grove and  La Rue Bistronomie. You know what they say, the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach, and it’s especially true here. Once you’re full, stroll through Vizcaya Museum, enjoying the lush gardens and ocean views from the historic manor.

Miami Design District

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Trendy and upscale, Miami’s Design District promises plenty of chances to lighten your wallet. Showrooms displaying modern and chic furniture and gallery space draw you in but it’s the high-end shops that will really keep you here. From Christian Louboutin to Burberry, get all your shopping out here and then enjoy a delicious meal at a cute spot like Mandolin Aegean Bistro or Swan and Bar Bevy.

Key Biscayne

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Did someone say beaches? If you’re in town for some quality relaxation then Key Biscayne is your destination. This island across the bay once housed a coconut plantation, but has since been converted into a tropical paradise. Cross over the scenic Rickenbacker Causeway to discover an oasis that feels like another world. Your itinerary is shaped by your mood. Spend the day relaxing on the sand or walking under shady palm trees, or take to the water for boating adventures. A stop at the Miami Seaquarium is necessary, as is sampling the food at spots like Costa Med and Rusty Pelican.

South Beach

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Last, but in no way the least, Miami’s South Beach is one neighborhood that every traveler should visit. Art Deco buildings and towering palm trees border wide boulevards, casting everything in a muted glow that turns neon when the sun goes down. Sitting across from the ocean, and featuring world-class restaurants, shops and bars, South Beach promises a boatload of memories. From exploring The Bass Museum, to strolling down Española Way for a glittering slice of Spanish culture, and cruising Ocean Drive when the sun goes down, you can experience the full lifecycle of Miami in a single day.

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Goodnight M.A. (I FOUND MY GLASSES)!!

My dear Blogger friends, I don’t think I told you about how I found my Glasses after a lot of prayers but, my glasses Where right in front of me, almost. I went ou with the dog times, I just had them in my hands when they fell. I walked out and every time praying. After a lot of prayers, there they were, Right smack between the large and heavy Swing and the pool.

I could have walked on it those 3 times but God is good and as I looked down, I had the best hour that day,il_570xN.688045596_1xs2fr4 LOL

Thank God for small Miracles that was huge for me.

Just think about, 7 to 10 working days to get them after the visit.

No insurance etc.. But, I found a place, just in case God did not give me my glasses back, an hour away from where I live where they give the Glasses the day after the visit.

Is not that I don’t trust the LORD, I always just get a Plan B on everything, just about.

Here it is, a happy me! il_570xN.688045596_1xs2

God Bless you all,

 

 

 

Hugs,

Later,

Pat.

Rylisms March 6

“I Am The Light of the World!”
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.” (Joh_8:12)
Our premise for this series of postings is both simple and profound. In the beginning God said “Let there be light!” From that moment it has been His will that all creation serve as a revelation of His love to those He has created.
Paul tells us that God has shown what He is like by everything He has created — “the invisible things of Him are clearly seen in the things that are made” (Rom_1:20). God is powerful. God is thoughtful. God is awesome. We see all this and more in creation. But God, in all and above all, is LOVE — that’s the one thing He wants us to know above all others.
And that is the life-force behind, ”Let there be Light!” In other words, “Let there be a revelation of My love!”All creation is now marshaled in a concerted compliance with that single decree.
And, the crowning moment in the unfolding process of that singular revelation happened when Jesus came. Paul tells us that Jesus was “the image of the invisible God” (Col_1:15). Jesus Himself said, “He that has seen me has seen the Father.” On one occasion when speaking to a large crowd gathered in Jerusalem, Jesus said “I am the light of the world.” In other words, “I am the revelation of My Father’s love.” At last, a true and unmistakable display of the one thing God has wanted all along — LIGHT shining in the darkness!
God loves you. Yet, it is possible that sin may have so wrecked your life that you cannot see God’s love for you in the things that are around you in your world. But, if you will only look to Jesus then the scales will fall from your eyes and you will see clearly the great love of God for YOU!
“The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. Yes, a light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death” (Mat_4:16, God’s Word Translation). We will talk more about this tomorrow…

10 American Deserts You Should Know

When you think of the desert, you probably envision endless dunes, harsh sunlight, and isolated stretches of nothingness. While there’s plenty of that to go around, American deserts are also about contrast. The desert can be cruel and uninviting, with plenty of hazards. Snakes, spiders, and every manner of spiny plants are common. But so are fields of wildflowers, breathtaking sunsets, and ancient rocky towers that beg to be climbed. Here are 10 American deserts that you should not only know, but thoroughly explore.

Atacama Desert

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One of the world’s driest places, the Atacama Desert stretches between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in Chile. This vast, arid piece of land covers more than 41,000 square miles and encompasses rocky volcanoes, immense salt lakes, and endless rolling sand dunes. One highlight is the incredible Moon Valley, a cavernous landscape outside San Pedro that earns its name with its pockmarked terrain. The Atacama Desert is also known for its impressive stargazing opportunities — some of the best in the world.

Baja California Desert

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You can find the Baja California Desert in the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. The desert covers much of the Baja Penninsula’s western slope, but its proximity to the Pacific Ocean moderates the temperature, making the landscape a bit more hospitable to plants, animals and people. Beachside resorts, bustling towns and a vibrant tourism economy make the Baja California Desert a popular destination for vacationers who flock to spots like Espiritu Santo Island for some fun in the sun.

Chihuahuan Desert

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The massive Chihuahuan Desert encompasses more than 175,000 square miles  and covers most of West Texas, as well as parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of the Mexican Plateau. It is one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world, playing host to over a thousand species of plants and animals. Spot flowering cacti, shrub-covered valleys and sandy dunes within its borders. Highlights include Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Colorado Desert

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California’s Colorado Desert covers more than 7 million acres and is part of the much larger Sonoran Desert. The desert enjoys warmer temperatures than other, higher-elevation deserts, meaning you won’t find normally snow dusting this landscape. Wildlife is plentiful throughout the region and includes deer, jackrabbits, bobcat, and the rare desert tortoise. There are many state and national parks in the region, including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is known for its wildflower blooms.

Great Basin Desert

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The Great Basin is a temperate desert, with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. The desert covers most of Nevada, as well as parts of western Utah, eastern California and Idaho. The Great Basin is a land of geographical contrasts, playing hosts to more than 33 mountain peaks over 9,800 feet, as well as pinyon-juniper forests, high valleys and deep canyons. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest protects many wilderness areas with the Great Basin, providing endless opportunities for recreation. Some highlights include Great Basin National Park in Nevada, which gives visitors a taste of the diverse landscapes found throughout this beautiful desert landscape, and the rainbow-hued Fly Geyser.

La Guajira Desert

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Located in northern Colombia and Venezuela, the La Guajira Desert is populated by xeric scrubland that reaches to the ocean. The region is home to indigenous Wayuu people, and is rich in culture and history. The La Guajira Desert and the surrounding landscapes are wild and isolated, and although tourism is increasing, it is largely focused on a few small pockets of the immense landscape. The extremely isolated Macuira National Nature Park, for example, is like an oasis in the desert and is known for its diversity of bird populations as well as its mountainous terrain.

Mojave Desert

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The driest desert in North America is located in the southwestern United States and is often characterized by the presence of spiky Joshua Trees, which are native only to the Mojave Desert. In addition, the desert supports 2,000 plant species and many many species of animals. Covering less than 50,000 square miles, the Mojave is one of North America’s smallest desert communities, but it definitely packs a punch. Here you’ll find Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the U.S., and Las Vegas, the largest metropolitan area in the Mojave Desert. In addition, visitors can explore several abandoned ghost towns, as well as the gold-mining town of Oatman, Arizona, which sits along historic Route 66.

Patagonian Desert

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Encompassing more than 260,000 square miles, the Patagonian Desert can be found primarily in Argentina with some areas stretching into Chile. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Andes Mountains to the west, the desert is home to many distinct ecosystems, including grasslands, deep river canyons and wide steppes. Unlike many American deserts, the climate here is often cold, although it rarely snows. The opportunities for recreation in Patagonia are endless, and it is widely known as a mecca for trekkers and climbers. For a real adventure, consider road tripping on the long and winding route 40, which brings you through the desert, but also past lush forests, towering mountains, and crystal lakes.

Sechura Desert

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Located along the Pacific Ocean in Peru, the barren and beautiful Sechura Desert is one of the driest places in the world. Summers are warm and sunny, with temperatures often reaching 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are more temperate but rarely cold. This is a largely lifeless desert — bleak, isolated, and characterized by endless stretches of dunes. The desert’s biggest claim to fame are the Nazca Lines, a series of ancient etchings in the desert’s barren, flat terrain.

Sonoran Desert

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The Sonoran Desert covers more than 100,000 miles of the American Southwest, including large parts of southern Arizona, southern California, and Mexico. This biologically-diverse area is most recognizable for its famous Saguaro and organ pipe cacti, but it also plays host to more than 350 species of birds, 60 mammals and 120 reptiles and amphibians. Protected natural areas are plentiful in the Sonoran Desert and include Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Sonoran Desert National Monument, all in southern Arizona.

About the author: Tara Schatz | Writer for The Discoverer

Tara is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for outdoor adventures. She currently blogs at Back Road Ramblers, where she shares travel tips, adventure destinations, and family vacation ideas for the wanderer in everyone. Her goal is to help people connect with the world and each other by encouraging them to embark on journeys big and small.