As the sun sets over South Florida, I head to the water for a morning swim.
It’s not too cold for swimming in the ocean.
But I need to get up to the first sign of high pressure.
I have just enough of an edge on my feet to get me to my feet before the water freezes and the wind blows in.
But the only time I get an opportunity to make it up to my knees is when I’m in the water with my hands on the sides of the boat and my arms around the steering wheel.
As I paddle past the railing, I feel the cold water hitting my skin and body.
I’m glad I can swim in the cold, because the weather in South Florida in the last few days has been particularly frigid.
It makes for an excellent opportunity to catch some rays.
The ocean is still about 60 degrees in Miami Beach.
But it’s a different temperature in the hills in Melton.
There’s a great beach-front resort, a little bit of a divey town, and a lot of nice scenery.
The only real barrier is the fact that there are no boats.
But in July, the Florida Keys received an unprecedented wind chill warning, which meant it was now the coldest time of year on record for the area.
I’ve seen photos of the resort with no boats and the water frozen, but I can’t get up and swim without the aid of a boat.
I can see how that might be difficult.
But on my first morning in Melon, I get the feeling I’ve been given an excellent chance to experience a truly cold day.
I don’t have to wait long.
When the sun rises, the waves are large and heavy, but the cold wind blows me gently back into the water.
It feels nice to be on dry land, but it’s also not quite as cold as it seems.
But as I look around for the nearest boat, I notice it’s not really there.
It has a dinghy on it, but in the middle of the day, I can tell there’s nothing on it.
I go back to my boat and see if I can find the dinghy.
It doesn’t exist.
The boat has been lost.
It was on the water on the other side of the dock, with the wind blowing from the shore.
The water is too cold to swim in.
So now I’m trying to figure out what happened.
It turns out that when I was last on board the dingy, a friend of mine had put it in the river, and when the river froze in the night, it drifted onto the other end of the lake.
It landed in the shallow water.
The wind and the current made the boat drift along the shore for hours, and the dingys and the people on board got caught in the ice.
I took the dingya and I went to the beach.
At the end of my day at the resort, I finally get to my home, in an upscale condominium in the heart of South Florida.
The sun rises again as the sun hits the horizon.
It looks pretty hot out there.
But even though the sun is shining, I’m feeling cold.
I look down at my hands and feet and the way they’re wrapped around the boat.
There is a lot going on here.
I see a lot in my life.
The people on the boat are still my friends.
I know that’s what I want to do with my life: enjoy myself.
But if I have to spend an entire day on dry ground and the sun isn’t shining, what do I do?
What do I want out of my life?
And I’m not alone.
A lot of people are feeling the same thing.
Last summer, I decided to get off the road and make some money.
I thought it was a good idea to take the family to a weekend getaway in the Bahamas.
The drive from Florida to the Bahamas, though, was a slow and bumpy one.
The Bahamian coast is rough and rocky, and I’m tired of being on the road.
So I decided I would try a weekend stay in the Caribbean.
The Bahamas is a Caribbean paradise.
The temperature in February can dip below zero in the high summer months.
But during the cold winter months, the temperatures can drop below freezing and the snow melts.
I wanted to see what it was like to have a nice beach-like setting in the tropics.
The Caribbean is a great place to live.
The sandy beaches, palm trees, and sunsets are what draw people to the Caribbean Islands.
I’d heard about the Bahamas in my childhood.
I had been told it was the most tropical country in the world.
I liked the idea of a Caribbean vacation in the spring.
And it’s hard to argue with the vacation.
The summer sun shines on the beach as I paddle through the sea in my boat.
It seems like I’ve spent most of my time in the sand