|Rainy Ride Down the Keys|
I rolled out of Key West in the pouring rain at about 11 in the morning. The rain persisted until I got to Islamorada, the rain came to a stop, but it stayed overcast all of the way to Miami. The traffic moved a a steady pace and there were no real slowdowns anywhere along the way. The weather took a lot of the usual fun of "Conchy Tonkin'" my way to Miami.
|The View from the ninth floor is a nice one of the airport|
As I arrived at the Doubletree Miami Airport and checked there were several of the judges that had already arrived. It is always good to see everybody at the start of the festival each year. Tonight will be informal gatherings at the bar in the lobby to see who is arriving tonight. For me, it is an evening here at the hotel doing some writing and getting my act together for the rest of the week.
The day starts out tomorrow bright and early at 9:30 am with breakfast with the Burr's welcoming all of us to the festival. Then we are off to the first judging session at 11, Lunch with Marauda Rum, and tonight many of the judges and friends are loading onto a bus and heading to Fort Lauderdale for an evening at the world famous Mai Kai Restaurant and show lounge for dinner, cocktails and the great Polynesian dancing show.