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Florida Recap! (pt 1 – picture heavy)

I’m getting one more step closer to being up-to-date with this post – at least I’m talking about the current state I live in now!

NAPLES, FLORIDA

Before I get started, check out this awesome time-lapse I put together of the entire trip from AZ to FL.
Thanks to one of my best friends, Richard, for helping me move everything. The trip turned out to be one of the most hilarious and entertaining road trips I’ve ever done. Walkie Talkies are awesome.

As of August 2013, I made a long trip across the country to a new job in Naples, Florida. If any of you have ever been to this place, you will know how beautiful and picture-perfect it is. It’s really actually strange how picture perfect it is. The roads and medians are manicured with bushes, mulch, and palm trees all placed perfectly. On almost any street corner west of I-75 (save for a few select areas) you’re almost guaranteed to see a Bentley, Rolls, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, high-end Audi… you get the idea. I even saw TWO Bugatti Veyrons cruising with an Audi R8 one day… it’s really quite a unique place.

Getting settled here seemed to take some time. When I first showed up I ended up renting a room from this guy right in a convenient area of town, but I ended up having to store the car at a separate location (seen below). It was pretty awesome the hanger I was keeping all my stuff at, but INCREDIBLY inconvenient having everything far away from me and not really being able to work on the car if I wanted to.

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After living there and dealing with that situation for a while, I ended up moving into my own apartment that had a 1 1/2 garage. This was a LOT better! I was actually able to work on the car, attend drift events, and met a ton of awesome people in Miami, Cape Coral, as well as Naples. Here are a few videos/pictures of some events, a new lady in my life, and some Miami trips:

Apartment and space:

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This is Rachelle, she is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me :). As of today we have been together for just over a year!

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Lucky for me she tolerates the car ;), her family is a pretty big Mopar fan so this seems difficult at times…lol.
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Photos of Miami/Ft Lauderdale trips (seems to be a hand-stand theme here for some reason):

Miami 2

First “real” car show. Man these things are way trendier than a drift event.
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Miami 1

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Miami 5

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In addition to these Miami trips, I spent as MUCH time as I could attending events. Conveniently enough, pretty much right as I moved here….. CFRC shut down. While this isn’t a local track to me, I had heard quite a few good things about this place and since I’m used to driving everything but an oval, I was pretty bummed. Good news is that there is still a local track to me that is pushing hard to keep drifting alive in South West Florida. This place is called Three Palms Speedway (Formerly Charlotte County Speedway), and I have met a bunch of awesome people. Here are a few photos and a video from some of these events!

Three Palms Speedway Video:

Photos:

Dayron 1

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THhee Palms Line-Up

Three Palms Tire Change

Three Palms Pits 1

Three Palms Drift 2

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Three Palms Drift 4

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Some throwback and MN memorabelia.
3PS Helmet

3PS Ping

Until the next update…

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Arizona!

So.. made the move to Arizona after getting out of school.  I’ve been meaning to post some of the pictures I took along the way up here but haven’t got around to it until just now ha.  The drive was a long one and took us 3 days of driving to get it done.  It is absolutely insane how much it costs to move.  Rental truck..trailer..fuel for truck and minivan..hotels.. dang!!

One thing that was pretty awesome is that I got to stop in Denver and visit one of the Opposite Grip dudes Paucie!  I hadn’t seen the dude in forever so it was pretty rad (even though it was only for a couple hours).

Below is a very random conglomeration of pictures over the past few months of me moving and getting settled in.

Packing up and on the way!

This was the name of the game..maxing out the fuel limits on the pumps.. 
We ended up stopping at this truck stop for some fuel and food.  It was very nice of them to have some easy reading while we waited for our food.

Classy bathrooms too!

Anyways… forward and on-ward…wwww yeah!

Going to try and get back into rock climbing!

They do have some pretty bomb food here as well!

 Sonoran hot dog! Hard to tell but there is two hot dogs in here.

I must say, Arizona has some of the best sunset’s I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

Parts of it remind me of South Dakota a lot!

Anyways, I’m here.  Made it!