(Sea)Lions & Gators & Dolphins….Oh, My! A Halloween PTR/TR with a “wild” theme - Oct/Nov '18

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  1. Mrs Doubtfire

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    My daughter shared our picture for Make a Wish :thumbsup2
     
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  2. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    I hope you and Joe had a peaceful drive home! We thought of you both many times over the course of the weekend. Fingers crossed your journey was traffic-free and as relaxing as a two-day commute could be.

    We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening with you both as well :goodvibes. Looking forward to seeing the Photopass pictures from the fireworks cruise (unless I look like a wreck in the photos, and in that case.....no rush :rotfl:)

    Meeting up with you and Anne was just a delight :teeth:. I am so happy that you could make time for us!

    Did I read that you have experienced some rain and humidity since we left? I hope you enjoy the rest of your park time. And congrats on your great finish in the marathon!!

    The "S" word is being tossed around for SE Michigan this weekend, too :cold:. I'm not ready :sad:. Send me back to Florida!

    Congrats on your DD's upcoming wedding! When is the big day?

    You're the best!! :goodvibes
     
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  4. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Alright, let's kick off this trip report, shall we?

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    Friday, October 26th: departure day

    While we normally take airport transportation from our home to DTW, this trip we had some of our Michigan friends flying down on the same plane as we were......and @DontRushMe and her husband kindly offered to swing by our house and whisk us off to the airport, saving us a cool $85 in transport fees. Not only was it an offer we couldn't refuse, it was also the chance to spend a little extra time with people we enjoy hanging out with.....so we happily accepted their offer. In the days leading up to our departure, we agreed on a pick up time of 10:30 am: that would give us plenty of time to drive to the long term parking lot, secure their vehicle, and take the shuttle over to the terminal. From there, we'd check our bags, get through security, and (if all goes as planned) we'd have plenty of time to enjoy lunch before it was time to board.

    We got up fairly early that morning and got straight to the tasks at hand: readying the cats for a week with their Pet Nanny (a full change of the litter box, prepping their food, finalizing the notes for the sitter), washing and drying the last load of laundry, running the dishwasher, taking out the trash, packing the last minute essentials in the suitcases, and doing a final deep vacuuming of the house from top to bottom. Steve and I divided and conquered, and we were ready and waiting with luggage at the door when Dawn & Rich arrived right on schedule :thumbsup2.

    A couple of parting kitten kisses, and then we were off paw:paw:. I was going to miss those babies.

    We are only a 15 or 20 minute commute from the airport, so the drive to the parking area didn't take long at all :drive:. Rich had made this pilgrimage many times, so he knew the drill well. The shuttle picked us up within minutes of us getting out of their SUV, so we wasted no time in loading the luggage and making our way to the terminal.

    We checked our suitcases at the Frontier desk and made our way over to the TSA security checkpoint. It's always a big question mark as to how long this process will take, but there was virtually no line :banana: and we were scanned and through within minutes. This meant we had scads of time for lunch, and could enjoy a meal at a leisurely pace :thumbsup2. We opted to dine at National Coney Island (Coney Islands are a Detroit staple) since it was literally right across from our gate. Steve and I had eaten at this location before previous flights and had been pleased with the food and service on those visits, so felt good about returning. Dawn & Rich were happy to go along with whatever we suggested, so in we went to secure a table.

    The restaurant was busy but we had a wonderful young server. She was cute and friendly and had a good sense of humor. She was also more than willing to make sure we had everything we wanted or needed.....even bending a rule or two (we learned on this visit that take-out drinks are generally not permitted :rolleyes1 ... who knew? :confused3). We placed our orders and we barely had time to blink before our meals were being brought to our table. Crazy fast service!! Apparently they know that most folks have a plane to catch! :tiptoe:

    Steve and Dawn both opted for the club sandwich: and it was a real mouthful. So. Much. Meat!

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    Rich had a coney dog combo, which sadly I neglected to photograph :headache:. @DontRushMe , did you happen to take a pic? It looked yummy and I think he enjoyed it. It came with fries (enough to share with Dawn) and a beverage as well.

    I played it safe and went with the chicken tender and fries: nothing weird or wonky on flight day. I didn't want to need to make use of those little baggies on the plane :rolleyes:.

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    The food was really good: but OMG those chicken tenders were HOT. Not hot, spicy.....they were hot, temperature-wise. Even a half hour later, there was steam rolling off those puppies! :crazy2: I ate 'em slowly :p. The fries were super tasty too, but the quantity was way more than I needed or wanted. I shared with Steve and we still left a bunch behind.

    We had plenty of time so we enjoyed some spirited conversation while we enjoyed our meal at a wonderfully slow pace. Eventually we decided we should probably free up the table and I sent Steve to cover the bill. We collected our carry-ons and found a spot by the window of our gate to await our boarding call.

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    We have a LOT of fun when we hang out with Dawn & Rich, and our time at the airport was no exception. We were all excited and feeling bubbly as we awaited our flight.....our long awaited trips were finally here! :cheer2:

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    Travel day, part 2.....coming up next
     
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  5. afan

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    Thanks! We had rain fri and then again on sunday. Rained in the corrals and a bit during the first bit of the race despite saying no rain when I checked at 230am. Everyone was surprised in the corrals because we'd all seen the 0%. The reat of Sunday was hit and miss but it rained for most of the race after party starting before 9pm and until about 1115ish. So I only did one poncholess character meet and Anne sat it out since she didn't have her poncho. The lines were crazy amd some in the rain since there wasn't much else to do unless you could find a place to eat out of the rain or do the 4 open rides.

    It's been humid, today the worst. 11 and I don't need my jacket but it's on since I'm in line for the bus.
     
  6. Mrs Doubtfire

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    It sounds like you had a frenzied departure morning with all the chores :scared1:

    I bet it was good to travel with someone, makes it more relaxing and enjoyable :goodvibes
     
  7. DontRushMe

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    Sorry no photos, I guess I didn't take any at all that day, I had to steal yours.
     
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  8. Pumpkin1172

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    The big day is in May. So I have to wait out a long cold winter to get there. Then 2 weeks after that the DS has his graduation. So a very busy May/June. I was hoping for a quick little quick winter get away. Maybe if we can find something cheap at the last minute we might be able to sneak away. I just find winters very long and hard. The DH on the other hand...love winter :eek: :crazy2:Crazy...I know :rolleyes1
     
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  9. chicagoshannon

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    So glad you started your report. That food looks yummy!
     
  10. pattyw

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    Thankfully, our drive was great! The weather was dry, not too much traffic, and the time passed pretty quick! It was a necessity to drive because of the furniture we wanted at home from Orlando- We would never choose driving as an option for a regular vacation! It is exhausting!:faint: We're still dragging!

    You guys look wonderful in the photos from the cruise!:thumbsup2 Hopefully, the missing picture can be found by Disney!

    Your meals at the airport look wonderful! And you all look so happy at the anticipation of a new vacation!!:goodvibes
     
  11. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Ugh, I had wondered if you might get a damp week after we had so little rain! Hopefully the rest of your park days are drip free!

    I am loving your photos on Facebook :goodvibes.
    We actually got those chores done pretty quickly and without any stress....we were like a well oiled machine :teeth:. It's amazing how much energy one can possess when we know what the reward is at the end!

    It was a lot of fun to travel with friends.....something I hope we will do again some time!!

    Ha! That's what happens when we are enjoying each other's company! We get all chatty and forget about our food photos :rotfl:.

    What a great reward for enduring a long and snowy winter. Lots of happy events for your family next year!!

    It was very good food. Much better than we have at the Orlando airport!

    Yes, there is nothing more tiring than a car trip :faint:. It always mystifies me a little (after all, you're just.....sitting) but yet somehow its more exhausting than being on your feet at a theme park all day!
     
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  12. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Friday, October 26th: departure day (continued)

    Time passed pretty quickly as we waited to board, and the Frontier staff were calling passengers for the first zones right on schedule.

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    Having pre-purchased The Works upgrade which included our stretch seating, we were boarded in zone 1…..so among some of the first few folks on the plane, immediately after the pre-boards (all folks in wheelchairs) and Frontier Elite members. Dawn & Rich, who were seated behind us, were in zone 4…..and they were literally the last two people to board the aircraft. By the time they got on, Steve and I were starting to wonder if they changed their minds and decided to go home!! :rotfl:

    It was a full flight so every seat was taken. Steve and I both had aisle seats in row 13, which is an exit row, so we had gobs and gobs of wonderful leg room: I love being able to stretch my legs ALL the way out and still not be able to touch the back of the seat in front of me!

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    We knew right from the moment we boarded that we were flying with quite a remarkable inflight crew. Of all the times we’ve flown to Florida (17 trips and counting), this young group of Frontier staff was the most friendly and talkative of all of them. Crewmember Kaitlyn, the young lady assigned to the middle of our plane, was particularly chatty and we enjoyed some fun conversation (between the times she was assisting passengers with placing their carry-ons in the overhead compartments as they boarded) while we waited to depart.

    Steve was comfy and happy ..... yay Frontier :thumbsup2.

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    Unfortunately things got a little…..less pleasant? :rolleyes1.....from there.

    I’ll try to keep a long story as short as possible.

    Seated directly in front of us was a young family of 4: mom, dad and two little girls who we’d guess to be around 3 and 5 years of age. Mom and Dad had brought large bags of McDonald’s food on board and they shared an ample supply of French fries, Big Macs and chicken nuggets as the rest of the travelers boarded the plane. The littlest one, between bites of burger and fries, also slurped away on a baby bottle full of milk. When the flight attendant in our section was doing her safety demonstration as we taxied to the runway, she had these little ladies hold her supplies (the seat belts, life vests, and safety cards)…..and afterward, she brought them each a treat bag loaded with snacks (goldfish crackers, oreo cookies, M&M’s, and a host of other items that I couldn’t see clearly) as a thank you. A super nice gesture ::yes::……except……

    Mom and Dad let both girls open those treat bags and they dived into the contents with enthusiasm. Both girls were also strapped into their seats wearing their puffy winter jackets….which certainly weren’t needed on a warm and cozy airplane packed with other heat-generating bodies. The engines starting revving in preparation for our ascent, and the littlest one got scared and started to cry. She squirmed in her seat and resisted the lap belt with all the strength her little body could muster.

    She cried and screamed and they gave her more milk from the bottle .

    By the time we were air borne, Puke-a-rama had officially begun :sick:.

    First, I heard it :crazy2:. Then, I saw it start dripping between the edges of the seat :scared1:……which was dangerously near my purse, which happened to be (as aviation rule dictate) stowed safely under the seat in front of me :headache:. Her seat. The one I couldn’t touch with my toes, even with my legs fully extended :sad2:. By the time I got out of my seat belt and grabbed onto the handle of my purse, I had been struck……for the first time :guilty:.

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    We moved my purse to under Steve’s seat while Kaitlyn, our mid-plane crew member, began furiously trying to minimize the damages. Her coworkers came to her aide, and they placed open bags of coffee under the seat to help mitigate the sour smell of recycled McDonald’s, Halloween treats, and now-expired milk. I should note that Frontier does not provide barf bags in their seat-back pockets: so as the waves of nausea hit our little neighbor, they caught the vomit in that warm, puffy winter coat .

    OMG.

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    Sometime during Pukefest and the ensuing cleanup efforts, they ended up moving this little girl from the seat next to Mom across the aisle to the seat next to Dad. The fussing and crying continued, and he tried soothing her with…..you guessed it!......more milk from the bottle :sad2:. It seemed to work for a while, but once it hit her belly……

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    Round 2. Dear God in Heaven :sad2:. And where was my purse now? “Safely” under Steve’s seat……which became the site of Puke-a-rama, the sequel.

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    Yes, my purse was hit a second time :scared:.

    Poor Kaitlyn was mortified, and I think she feared I might lose my mind. I wasn’t at all upset…..grossed out, yes, but certainly not mad…..so I think she felt worse about it than I did. Steve, who doesn’t do vomit well at the best of times, had to use every ounce of his self-control not to make his own contribution to Puke-a-rama 2018 :rolleyes:. The in-flight crew continued to clean vomit off the carpet. Kaitlyn worked furiously to clean my purse as best as we could (all the while I was sending up prayers of gratitude to the vacation Gods that I had a washer and dryer in our villa :worship:). As we all sat buckled into our seats for landing (Kaitlyn in the crew member’s jump seat just adjacent to Steve), we all pledged that we’d earned a good stiff drink when we made it to our final destinations :drinking1. As soon as we could stomach the thought of any kind of food, that is :rolleyes1.

    Moms and Dads reading this report, let me take this opportunity to say PLEASE don’t give your kids milk on a flight. Or McDonald’s. And a kid-appropriate dose of an anti-nausea medication sure doesn’t hurt too, just to be sure :rolleyes2. The people sitting behind you would be forever grateful.

    My momma has always been a fan of the saying “Poor Start, Good Ending”. We hoped the fact that our airplane turned into a vomit comet would somehow end up being a good sign :rolleyes:.

    As we disembarked and headed toward baggage claim, we remarked that an otherwise boring part of this trip report would at least have a good story to tell. Focus on the positives, right???? :p

    We had arrived in Orlando :banana:. Hallelujah!


    The balance of our travel day is next.
     
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    OMG! Thanks for not sharing that tidbit during our lunch :sick: always wanted to use that guy.

    Waiting for Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! to start. Rain free again today. Hopefully Sunday was it. But this humidity, shouldn't be in the upper 80s or this humid in Nov. Makes me wonder how I'm going to manage Aug next year.

    I have embraced and love the mid day break :coffee:
     
  14. I-4Bound

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    Good grief! What a flight nightmare! I can't imagine how grateful you must have been to get off that airplane...
     
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    Oh my goodness. I work with small children for a living, I raised two of my own, and I am the much older sister to five younger siblings. Children do not gross me out or surprise me .... BUT... the incident you just described would have had me vomiting too. There’s no way I would have survived it . I would have probably put on a parachute and jumped from the plane. Truly. You’re a trooper Gina.

    ETA) those socks are awesome . And please tell me you got a new purse out of this deal !
     
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  16. Mrs Doubtfire

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    OMG, how long was your flight.......? What a nightmare and certainly the parents had little thought feeding them a ton of rubbish. Remember to take air freshener with you next time, a bucket and rubber gloves!

    We once flew over the Grand Canyon in a little plane, as soon as we hit those thermals 1 of the other passengers was constantly sick but managed to be sick in the bag, take a quick photo and then be sick again! I had all on keeping it together and I think we all got off that flight looking rather pale :sad: of course we laugh about it now :laughing:

    Glad you look on the positives of that flight and looking forward to your next update. BTW love the cat socks :thumbsup2
     
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    Holy Moly!! I'm with Steve- I don't handle those things well! There would have been Pukefest 2 on my part!!:sick: Yes, I would not be mad at the child but yep- Mom & Dad, what were you thinking??? :sad2:

    And your purse??? It's a kitty purse?? It was saved?

    I love your kitty socks, too!!:thumbsup2
     
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    Reason #712 that I drive to all of my vacation destinations. If Tony is feeling puky, he can just roll down the window!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
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    Oh my...I knew how this story was was to go as soon as you talked about the family. YIKES!!!! Oh my. I know DH would have be involved in the puke fest. He is a sympathy puker and was NEVER able to help when the kids were little and sick. I have to admit, your story telling had me laughing at my desk :laughing:

    I have had the joys of traveling when a little boy had puked just after take off as well. And wow...thank god the cabin crew was good to help and not make the family feel badly about it. This cabin crew was NOT very friendly and made the mom traveling alone with 2 kids feel horrible. I did end up emailing the company to tell them what had happened with specifics including my boarding pass so they could reprimand the crew for their lack of sympathy for this poor mom who was trying to keep her cool. And yes, this was a very young and up and coming canadian airline who many people now travel with. It was the only time I have ever had a problem traveling with this particular airline ( and i have done lots of cross canada flights with them since for work )

    I'm just glad you had a more " washable " purse. And not some designer bag that are not very " puke friendly " lol. I sure hope they were able to give you a little reimbursement for having your purse puked on twice. What are the chances!!!!! :scratchin You should have bought a powerball ticket with that luck!
     
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    Yay for the start of the TR!! And oh my, what a beginning! I'm glad I wasn't there- I probably would have contributed to the mess
     
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    OMG - Thts horrible!! :sick::sick::sick::sick:
     

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