Better late than never - an eventful trip home
01/12/2012 - 01/13/2012 28 °F
Sorry about the late entry, but I like to finish what I started.
Our last night in Jamaica was extra-special for me. I was one of three performers at the Talent Show. Not a big crowd in attendance, maybe 60 people or so. My first selection was the Josh Groban tune, "You Raise Me Up" - the band behind me did a super job of backing me up, and it went very well. Folks even got out on the floor and danced! Later in the show I did a second number, "Can't Help Falling In Love", the old Elvis song. Got a good ovation and was very pleased that I didn't pass out.
And suddenly, it was over.
We had to be up early Thursday morning for the bus ride back to Sangster Airport in Montego Bay. Had a fairly long-ish wait there for our flight to Miami. There was a Jimmy Buffet restaurant in the airport concourse, one of those bars where you can sign your name with a felt-tip pen anywhere you can find space. So if you're ever there, look for the "Steve and Cindy, January 2012" with a heart around it on one of the pillars.
We had two connecting flights on the way home. First was Miami, then Dallas. Miami is where our troubles began. We had to wait in line to clear immigration, wait in line to go through security again, then find out gate. We worried about missing our flight because everything was taking so long. No worries though, we arrived at our gate with a few minutes to spare. After boarding, however, we got concerned about how long it was taking to push away from the gate. Twenty minutes..."we are having mechanical difficulties, just a few minutes more"...then 45 minutes...then an hour. Finally, after perhaps 1.5 hours of waiting, we were airborne, but knew that the delay would likely cause us to miss our connecting flight in Dallas. Folks in the plane were not happy. Made for an anxious flight.
Turns out we missed our flight by about 20 minutes. It was the last flight out of Dallas for the day, so we were stuck till morning. The airline gave us vouchers for a meal (used them at a TGI Friday's in the airport) and for a hotel stay at a Hawthorn Suites nearby. It was probably 10 pm by the time we straggled into the hotel, completely demoralized and exhausted. Since the airline doesn't let you have your luggage in these situations, you are stuck with whatever you have in your carry-on. Grabbed a toothbrush and other sundry toiletries at the hotel desk. We were really roughing it
Everyone slept like the dead. Except Steve, who slept not a wink. Overtired I guess. I was a walking zombie by morning. We were up at 4:15 to catch our 6:30 flight to Cedar Rapids. Finally, clear sailing, and a short flight home.
When you sign up for air travel, you also sign up for potential headaches. It's the "price of doing business" I guess. Made for an awkward end to an otherwise enchanting week.
Thanks to all who followed the Great Jamaican Hen Migration of 2012. We loved reading your comments at the end of the day. The Hens are now comfortably settled in their home roosts, waiting until the urge to take flight overtakes them again.....