We found an apartment in North Miami our first day here and have now settled in. Our favorite feature of the apartment is the view of the bay from our balcony.
How to Travel Long Distance with Cats by Car -
- Each cat should be in their own space. We used two small Midwest dog crates, which fit perfectly in the backseat. There was a pet bed in each, which Merlot and Chianti snuggled up in and slept the majority of the time.
- Bring a spare car key and leave the air conditioner running when you make stops. Also bring something along, such as towels, to block sunlight which helps prevent cats from overheating.
- Remove food and water a few hours before leaving to avoid any motion sickness issues and the need for a litterbox. I offered, but neither cat wanted any food nor water until we had arrived at our final destination each night.
- La Quinta and Marriott both have many pet-friendly hotels within their chains. Oh, and luggage carts which are really helpful in transporting pets!
It's funny to come to Miami for the first time ever and not do any touristy things. I haven't seen the beach but I have been to the DMV. After getting new driver's licenses and registering our car today, we headed to Casa Vieja for lunch. Only after being seated, did we realize the Colombian restaurant was connected to an ice rink.
So while dining on fajitas and quesadillas, and enjoying tropical drinks, we watched figure skaters do some pretty impressive routines through the glass wall at the end of our booth. Now that I'm living in Miami, I need to learn how to make piña coladas at home!
Did you know that hurricane season starts June 1? That isn't something I was aware of until I started researching life in South Florida. The rain was torrential from almost the moment we crossed from Georgia into Florida, but today was even worse. We have gotten 13.94 inches of rain in the past 6 hours!
Tonight we talked with people who had to abandon their cars because the roads are so bad here. Chris attempted to get food by walking to the grocery store, but after wading through knee-high water, he found the doors sandbagged and the store closed. Our first two days in Miami have definitely been interesting!