Spontaneity: Part Three
After much discussion, a couple of hours, and some good ol' bartering with hotel managers, we finally found a place to stay. As it turned out, my Mom was staying at a nice Holiday Inn Express in Fort Lauderdale. We thought we ought to stay there too, and spend a little time with family while we were in town. Although the Holiday Inn website clearly stated "No Vacancy", we decided to give them a call anyway. Thankfully, they had a spare room for us. We set our GPS, and once again, we were off.
When we finally arrived at the hotel, it was about 10pm, and both Josh and I were completely drained. We were also starving, so we did what any self-respecting vegan travelers would do: We located the nearest pizza place and ordered a couple of cheese-less veggie pies. When they arrived, we promptly scarfed them down with hardly a word. After that, we showered, happily collapsed into our king-sized, heavenly soft bed, and passed the heck out.
We woke up the next morning feeling completely refreshed and ready to go! We had a lot of things on our agenda, but first: Continental breakfast (with my mom)! We had oatmeal (made with water instead of milk), coffee, orange juice, bagels with peanut butter, and lots of fresh fruit. It was delicious, nutritious, and most importantly, FREE! And who says it's difficult to eat well as a vegan? This was easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
We made plans to meet up with my mom later in the afternoon, and then set off on our own to do some exploring. I had done a little recon as we made our way down to the sunshine state, so we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do.
First item on our list: Cruising around downtown Fort Lauderdale. With the sea breeze in our hair and the music turned up, we rode around for a while, checking out the sites from the comfort of our car. The sweeping ocean views, the cool little boutiques, and the people watching all came together to create a beautiful, vibrant, and picturesque drive. We were not disappointed.
After an hour or so we made our way out of downtown Fort Lauderdale and continued our leisurely drive up the coast. Next stop: Darbster Bistro, West Palm Beach.