Here at last!
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I saw that the KLM flight had not yet arrived so I was going to try and photograph it landing.
I left SXM airport and walked over to Maho Beach. It was about a five minute walk. The weather was not bad, with it being mid 80s and low humidity. I got over to Maho and waited. The water looked so refreshing but it would have to wait until KLM arrived. I chatted with a guy from Montreal who was really into aircraft also. There were about 10-20 people there. We saw some departures, including American 757 to Miami, Jetblue Airbus 320 to New York, and Corsair 747 to Paris. Finally, I saw the KLM MD-11 turning onto it's final approach! I took my shots and also got some video of some others.
The hotel is called Mary's Boon Beach Resort. I found it on the net and since it was the lowest price, I booked it.
I quickly checked in and then went out the beach. I swam out there in that beautiful water for an hour.
Later, I went to dinner in town. It was called Uncle Harry's. I had some scallops that were decent but the place it self was only all right.
After my meal, I went back to the hotel and had some Red Stripe beers at the bar.
The next day I woke up at 7 am and hit the beach again. I was in that water for a couple of hours knowing that I would soon be departing. It was so refreshing! I checked out at noon and headed over to Maho Beach again for some of the big arrivals. Continental and US Airways brought in their 757s and Air France with their Airbus 340. At about 1:30, I went over to SXM airport and checked in. I grabbed some Dominos Pizza there at the airport and went upstairs to the gate and waited. There were 30 open coach seats and 4 business but I did not have an assignment yet. The flight was scheduled to depart at 3:25 pm and I was given my seat at about 2:45.
I listened to the same mix of music as before and also watched the movie "17 Again". The meal was chicken fajitas. I consumed a few gin and tonics also. We arrived into Atlanta at about 7:30pm and the customs and immigration process was 15 to 20 minutes. They always get suspicious about me being gone for only one day but when they hear where I work, it's end of discussion.
My connection to Indianapolis was at 9:48 but I saw that there was an 8:28 departure so I tried to get over there to see if I could get it.
What a great time, even if it was short. We are planning on going to Europe or South America or Central America for Fall Break but just maybe I will have to consider Saint Maarten also..........