Spending Thanksgiving in Miami
Every Thanksgiving I travel to South Florida to be with family and friends. During my most recent trip, I went to Rickenbacker Causeway that connects the Florida mainland with tropical Key Biscayne, located five miles southeast of Downtown Miami.Originally dredged from the shallow bottom of Biscayne Bay, this causeway opened in 1947. It is five miles long, and includes three bridges, the larger of which replaced the original structure and drawbridge in 1985. It is high mostly to accommodate the tall masts of sailboats moving along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Along the shoreline on both sides of the causeway, public beaches have been created, drawing thousands of visitors on the weekends.
The gleaming skyscrapers along Brickell Avenue remind beachgoers and drivers how close they are to the center of a major American city.
Sunset is the best time to be on the south shore of the causeway as the Sun disappears into Biscayne Bay.
Luxury residential towers fill the bayshore along Brickell Avenue, while the William Powell Bridge towers over the eastern portion of the original structure, now transformed into a free popular fishing pier.
A Mangrove tree bids farewell to another glorious day in Miami. Historic Coconut Grove can be seen on the far right. Miami’s City Hall is located there, occupying the original seaplane terminal for Pan American World Airways.
The next time you visit Miami, don’t miss the sunset from Rickenbacker Causeway. It might just be the high point of your trip.