So most people spend thanksgiving weekend eating, sleeping off turkey, possibly subjecting themselves to the horror of black Friday and watching football, right? Well, El Hombre and I didn't. We drove down to Key West on Thursday to spend thanksgiving at Fort Zach with friends, and then came back Friday afternoon. Somewhat random and useless information, I'm sure, but thanks to our friends, we discovered a new activity in Miami.... rock climbing.
Yes Miami does have an option for rock climbing, it's an indoor gym called X-treme rock climbing. I heard about this place a few times in grad school, but always forgot about it. It's in the warehouse district behind the Tamiami Airport and it's got pretty decent hours of operation. The place is a semi-open air area (which I imagine is awful in the summer) with padded floors and a pretty wide variety of climbing walls, from slanted forward, slanted back, straight up, and a variety of all sorts. It basically allows for a variety of rock climbing skill levels. Once you get the hang of what you are doing, you can follow paths on the walls, where different rocks are marked with different colors.
Going rock climbing was a ton of fun, but I do have to say, if you don't regularly do pushups, dips, etc, your arms will be sore (mine are still kind of sore) and if you don't do squats or lunges, your legs will probably be sore (thank god for bellydance and karate, cause those were my saving graces.) In addition, there was definitely an under 21 scene happening there, which is cool, at least they weren't outside doing smack in the parking lot, but at times they made me nervous when they were free climbing.
I definitely recommend going to this place if you are looking for something different and you like being active though! We plan to go back for sure. Until then, I am working on my pushups and dips....