Saturday, June 12, 2010

Flying to Florida

Greetings from hot and humid (really, really hot and humid!) Florida!  I'll be heading out for Jamie's graduation ceremony in a little bit but had some time to post a few pictures from yesterday's flights prior to leaving my air-conditioned hotel room and walking head-on into a wall of humidity.  Thank goodness my rental car has a good a/c system!   When I watched the weather last night the guy said that it was going to be 95 today with a heat index of 100 ... yep, it's June in Florida!

Anyhow, when I left Bradley Field in Hartford yesterday it was overcast and 61 degrees.  My flight left right on time at 12:50.  I didn't dig out the Nikon so all of the following pictures were taken with my iPhone; this was my view to the left:

And this was my view to the right:

There is nothing I like better when flying than to have all three seats to myself!  I was able to stretch out and apparently fall asleep during most of the flight whilst listening to "Pride and Prejudice" on Audiobooks on my iPhone.  Matter of fact, I need to go back and relisten to a couple of chapters!  Before I drifted off though I took the time to enjoy the view.

A little ahead of schedule we began our descent into the Tampa Bay area where I was supposed to have a 55-minute layover:

That 55-minute layover turned into a 3-hour layover when the plane that I was supposed to get on for my connecting flight had "maintenance issues" that were originally supposed to take one hour to fix and then two hours to fix and then became a whole new plane that was coming in from Buffalo.  Sigh ... Finally at 7:45 this was the few to my right ... 
The few to my left was one empty seat and one other passenger in the aisle seat so it was almost as good as having the row to myself. This flight was decidedly more crowded though not quite packed.

The view taking off out of Tampa looked like the above shot while the view landing at Jacksonsville looked like this:

Yes, that would be rain on the windows!  And not just a light rain but a pretty good downpour.  From what I later heard on the news we had just missed some pretty severe storms with lightning that struck five houses in the area. Rumor has it there could be more of those around today but by then we should be safely eating lasagna in Valdosta!

After getting my rental car I made the 27-mile drive down to Orange Park and checked into my hotel around 10:00.  It's nothing fancy but it's clean and comfortable and I had no problems falling right to sleep after watching the news.

So, it's about time to get ready to head over to the venue for Jamie's graduation and meet up with the ex-husband for the first time in over four years.  That may explain why I'm not feeling so great at the moment but I'm sure it'll be fine, right?  I'll let you know!

11 comments:

  1. and i am busy deciding on dinner monday night! still can't decide whether to cook or take you out! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  2. My mother has the sauce in the crockpot already and it is smelling mighty fine in here!

    The best part of having an ex is the EX part. I hope you don't feel stressed or intimidated by him in any way. He's not your problem anymore. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

    See you tonight! Give me a holler when you're getting close!

    Big hugs xo

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  3. Enjoy... and Barb IS right! The best thing about an ex is indeed the fact that they're exes. ;)

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  4. That was a very pleasant flight. How lucky to get 3 seats.

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  5. Oh, the joys of commercial flying...NOT! I love our small plane and the independence it gives us:)

    Enjoy all the wonderfulness at the swamp tonight! I'm jealous. A piece of cake or some cookies will help me feel better.

    Big hugs...

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  6. Congratulations to you and Jamie on this special day!

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  7. looking forward to meeting you and Jamie

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  8. I hope the graduation went well!

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  9. Glad you're stuffing yourself with homemade lasagna. That sounds so wonderful!!! After a long, long flight I'm sure it really hit the spot!
    When we landed in Oahu, we felt the same way as you: it was like walking into a wall of humidity! It took my breath away. It took a while to acclimate, but I'll take it over this dry tinder box any day...
    Continue to have a blast!!!

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  10. Can't wait to hear about the graduation and see the pics. :)

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  11. Such terrific pictures from the plane! I'm just so glad you made it to Florida safely but don't know if I'd be able to handle that kind of heat!! Wow! When it's 80 I start melting. lol I can't wait to hear and see pictures of your daughter's graduation, no doubt you were pretty proud of her and happy that you could be there:-) Also hope the meeting with the ex turned out ok, I can well imagine you wouldn't have looked forward to that!!! xoxo

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