Somehow, we were able to book "good" flights at good prices, with the exception of having to pay for luggage. I thought our flight left at 2 but found out two days before (when I was scheduling a job interview), that it left at 1:15! Upped the schedule by an hour! And then Rob realized he needed to stop at his office on his way to the office, so up the schedule by 30 minutes. Rob spent the early morning underwear shopping, I did the last minute packing, and off we went by 9am.
We got to the airport but Rob hadn't refreshed his memory as to where the Park N Fly was and we sort of went the long way. Got there, and the economy (the cheapest, furthest lot) was closed due to repairs, so we were given an upgrade to the Self Park--which we had already driven past once. Got there, and the lot was pretty much full! We found a spot which Rob didn't like because it was right up against the highway. He was worried about debris. Had to wait awhile for the shuttle. Of course, he was complaining all this time that we were going to be late.
Got in, managed to do the self check in by ourselves, through security, etc and decided we should eat. We had about 45 minutes, but lost time looking for somewhere to eat. There was this burger place near our gate so we went back to it. It wasn't exactly fast. It was decent food, pricey of course. Just another cost of travel.
There's our plane!
It was a decent flight. Some turbulence. Not the worst, not the best either though. Coming into the Miami area, it was fascinating to see the hurricane damage. Still a lot of flooding!! Some houses were boarded up, many signs were broken, trees down.
We had bought a US/International talk booster for our phones. I got mine working, but Rob couldn't get his working. So I called the hotel to ask about the shuttle. Between the poor reception and her accent, I didn't get much info, except go outside of doors 7. I think.
We headed outside. WoW! So hot, humid, and stinky. At least this time we weren't near the pet relief area, but the smokers...and exhaust, combined with the heat and humidity. I called again, heard a little bit more, and we started watching. We weren't sure exactly what we were watching for, but I thought she had said a white shuttle Van.
Most of them are white.
We finally saw one with the hotel name on it and flagged it over. We loaded up, drove a bit, and stopped for another couple. The driver was nice, offered a map of the area with restaurants, and a menu for a pizza place that would give us a discount if we told them he referred us. As usual, it was a short, scary trip to the hotel. Well, short in a geographic sense. It's not a short driving time anywhere in Miami.
When we got to the hotel, the other (older) couples were disappointed it was "so far" from restaurants. Didn't seem far to us, but there definitely weren't a lot of chain restaurants.
We stayed at the Best Western Plus Airport North
Rob went to sleep early and I stayed up crocheting and watching TV. Married life.