27.01.2014 - 01.02.2014
The last trip we took in 2013 was an October cruise to Bermuda. On the 21st of January 2014, it snowed.
Bob has decided that he WILL fly, but that he wants to be someplace more than one night like on most cruises. I decided that the Virgin Islands would be the place I would like to go this winter. At first I wanted to go to the BVI, but it seemed really expensive to stay there because I was coming from the perspective of $385 for a week on a Space/Available basis from Armed Forces Vacations. There wasn't anything like that in the BVI especially for winter (!!!). So I was trying to find a guest house or something like that And I settled on St. Croix where we had been once on a cruise as it is larger and less visited than the other US Virgin Islands
After some fits and starts and wrong choices, I've finally settled on the Hibiscus Beach Resort which has parking, an accessible room (no stairs) and wi-fi. The wi-fi may be iffy as the electricity is somewhat eccentric, but I'm sure we will be able to park - that won't go away. They also have a small frig in the room but because of electricity problems the microwaves get zapped, so they don't have anything except I think a coffee pot. I figured out that I could have stayed at a condo where we would have had a full kitchen for less. But not until after I already had the reservations. [This resort closed shortly after our visit]
Bob is taking cranberry juice and hot chocolate. There is a restaurant on the premises. (There WAS a restaurant ).
Starting the Count-Down
We are to fly from BWI to Miami and then make a connection to another plane to St. Croix. We have a rental car booked which we will pick up at the airport.
27 January 2014 - Monday
Monday, I called the resort to tell them I would be there late, checked with the auto rental place to see if they would still be open, checked with AA that I would need a wheelchair and would have a scooter, and stopped USPS mail, and the papers (the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post) on the internet.
28 January 2014 - Tuesday
Tuesday Lynde came and I packed the clothing part and I printed out all the reservation information.
29 January 2014- Wednesday
Wednesday I tried to figure out how to drive from the airport to the hotel on Google maps. Everything was fine until we got to 'turn left' with no road name, and then 'turn right' and again no road name because there was no road name on the map.
30 January 2014 - Thursday
On Thursday, Jean (the cat sitter) came to get the key. Bob packed and also AA called to check on our arrangements. I printed out the google map and also tried to figure out what kinds of things we would do (snorkel and visit cemeteries and go to the fort(s). I completely forgot that I wanted to visit a lighthouse that we had seen there on the previous visit until we were on our way home. [It didn't really matter as to get to that lighthouse it is a 30-45 minute hike]
31 January 2015 - Friday
Printed out the boarding passes. Got a shower and ate lunch.
Bob went to get himself a new belt so he doesn't have to wear his CSY belt with the big metal buckle. He complained that all the belts were either too big or too small.
Finished up packing and left about 1:30. I took the Washington Post with me to read.
Got to the hotel (BWI Hampton Inn) about 3 and checked in - they gave us a room right off the lobby so I don't have to walk far. Registered the car to be parked for the week ($5.00/day and cheaper than parking at the airport). I got my raincoat from the car and put it into Bob's suitcase and got my cane (also from the car)
I found a plug for the computer and logged in. But at some point the computer stopped letting me use the keyboard. But it was time to go to dinner anyway. We left for dinner about 5:30.
I decided to go to G&M which is near the Olive Grove where we ate last time. The directions said to turn left twice and then go through 8 stop lights and then the restaurant would be on the left. It sounded like it would be right there by the light, but it wasn't.
To get in from the parking lot, you walk through the bar area and out front.
Later the restaurant really filled up. It WAS Friday night. I ordered the
I also got a small salad and garlic bread. Bob had
He got fries with that. As usual he ate the crab cake (with the cocktail sauce) and not the bun. My daughter said G&Ms is reputed to have the best crabcakes in MD. She also said that she works right across from the Hampton Inn, which I had not realized.
We didn't have dessert.
When we got back to the hotel, I looked for the cord to download the photos from the camera and could not find it. Bob helped me and we took my suitcase and carry-on and pocketbook all apart, and finally we found it where I put it in with the snorkeling camera.
1 February 2014 Saturday
Bob went and got me a bagel and a banana and cranberry juice for breakfast and I got dressed and repacked my carry-on bag and we were out in the lobby about 8 for the shuttle to the airport. The scooter is in the big bag with the rainbow strap.
The guy dropped us off at the airport at about 8:15, and the wheelchair and gate check guys came out to get our stuff. Then there was a problem with the scooter. The lady said it was non-powered, right, and Bob instead of saying that it was not powered now, said that it had a battery.
It took several phone calls before they finally allowed that if I put the battery in my carry-on instead of in the bag with the scooter (and the scooter bag weighs 81 lbs with the battery), that I could carry it on. In order to get it in there, I took out my hairbrush, my inhaler and my power strip and put them in with the scooter.
We were still two hours early for the flight. Bob went and got some water in one of the water bottles. and I sat and read my Kindle- this is really the first time I've used it.
I think we could have left the coats in the car as we really didn't need them except to get from the hotel to the airport and it wasn't THAT cold.
We were in the 8th row (the bulkhead row in cabin class) which meant we couldn't have anything in front of us and had no tray tables. I would rather not sit in the bulkhead row. The plane was full and they were asking for people to gate check luggage. We didn't. After we took off, I took photos of the snow and ice on the rivers
and I got a cranapple to drink - Bob didn't get anything.
We landed in Miami more or less on time
When we landed in Miami, I told Bob the pilot must have been a Navy pilot because he set us down HARD