Sat. Dec 7, 2013:
We got to the airport way too early for our flight to Florida. I was a little worried that I would have trouble with the customs people seeing as my passport was a month away from expiring (no one told me how far in advance you have to renew it). Thankfully it is all computerized now, the customs people just glance over your papers after. When he asked me the purpose of our trip all I said was “fun” and he stared blankly at me.
Having so much time to kill, we lounged around in a fancy restaurant where you place your order via an iPad at the table which you are then free to use to browse the internet. Eating poutine, drinking cider and browsing Reddit was awesome; it made the time fly by so fast. For dessert I stopped by Starbucks for a Nanaimo bar, it was tasty but oddly light & fluffy.
The in-flight entertainment sucked, while still on the ground we had some TV channels but once up in the air we had pay-per-view movies on tiny little screens that flickered. West Jet’s only saving grace was that they offered snacks. Snacks, not a snack, but a choice of two different ones: pretzels or cookies. On the plus side I made a good dent in my book, volume 3 of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
Getting off the plane we were hit with a wave of stiflingly hot humid air. The airport was hot, apparently they forgot to turn on the air conditioning, or it was all the layers I was wearing (unlike Brent, who wore a warm jacket, I went out in a sweatshirt- it was awful trying to get to the airport via TTC). One thing we had failed to discuss with Greg was where he would pick us up from at the airport. I stayed put by baggage claim, Brent went off in search of Greg.
We were staying at Orange Lake Resort, which Greg gave us a tour of. It was surprisingly warm out given it was after 11:30pm. We tried to go check out the lazy river but apparently it was closed for the night. As we drove to the suite, we got lost. The resort is giant, with winding twisty roads and all the houses look the exact same. Turns out we were staying in a house with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen: wow. This was far different than any of the accommodations we had been used to while on vacation where we were lucky if we got a mini-fridge.