In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked irrepressible optimist Megan Ann Harmon over at Miami Favs if she’d contribute ten reasons to be thankful to live in Miami. “Only ten?” she said. We knew we had the right person for the job. Here’s her list.
The beach is my front yard
And it happens to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the things I can do on the beach are endless. I can watch the sunrise, run, stroll, surf, paddle board, wind surf, jet ski, kite board, play almost any sport, pass out on a Boucher Brothers’ lounger, drink daiquiris, walk hand-in-hand with a handsome Latino, stare at the chiseled bodies on the gay beach, attend concerts, festivals, and rallies, etc., etc., etc. Basically, the beach in our front yard is my playground.
The Everglades is my back yard
There is only one of its kind, and it’s here in Miami. If you thought our front yard was fun, think of this as your eco-adventure. You can watch meteor showers and stare at the stars, bike through mangroves, kayak, hike, go bird/gator watching, or take an air-boat ride through the swamp. Very few people ever get to see the miraculous eco-system that is the Everglades. We live in it.
The sun also sets
I can see the two most beautiful scenes of the day — sunrise and sunset – in a single day because I live in Miami. It’s an amazingly Zen experience to watch the sun come up on South Beach and then drive an hour to Key Largo to see the spectacle in reverse. And it’s worth the time. Nature does all the work. I just sit back, relax, and enjoy. And if I’m at Sundowners, that’s usually with a beer in hand, listening to a live band. Magical.