So, we got up again to see the sunrise at 6am. But again mother nature foiled our plans. There were high winds and cloud cover….so no sunrise pics. Not a big loss as we got to sleep more
We woke up for the second time around 6:45 and met John and Libby at the buffett one last time for breakfast. Before going to the buffett we walked the beach and looked out at the Mexcian Caribbean one more time.
Breakfast was good, but felt a little empty knowing we were leaving.
After breakfast, we went back to our rooms and made sure nothing was left behind and rang for the bellboy. The bellboy arrived and we gave the room one last look and headed out for the lobby.
Our van arrived promptly at 8:30am. The driver packed our rediculous amount of luggage in the back and we were off for Cancun International Airport. The trip took about an hour and 40 minutes. Passing through security was uneventful and left us with 2 hours before our 12:30 flight. So we ate again….only this time we had to pay. And we paid through the nose! Our brunch was $248 pesos…or $23.00. For a hot dog and burger….ouch!!!
The flight from Cancun to Charlotte was uneventful despite the crew being MIA until 5 minutes prior to boarding.
We had other worries though. Assuming the flight arrived on time, it still only left us 1 hour and 15 minutes to deboard, clear customs, claim our bags, recheck them with US Air, get through security and find our gate.
As luck would have it we did arrive on time, but Charlotte Airport is constructed in a way that it takes 20 minutes for the plane to reach the gate.
Long story short, John and Libby got their baggage quite a bit before us so they went ahead to try and make the flight and put in a good word for us.
By the time we reached the line for the security checkpoint we had 15 minutes until the plane was to depart. It had begun boarding 15 minutes earlier.
We made it through security without incident with approx. 7 minutes to departure. However, we were not even to our termial yet let alone the correct gate.
We made it to terminal B. The first gate was of course B1 and we were B16. So the running began. I never wanted to be one of ‘those’ people running and pleading not to leave without them. But there we were. In the middle of Charlotte Airport running and dodging trying to make it.
As we approached our gate the ticket agent yelled out asking if we were the Cole’s. We replied more with a wave as we were winded from our run accross the airport. The agent of course pointed out that we barely made it in a scolding tone. I wanted to ask him why US Air had connecting international flights spaced so close together if this was the result but I am too out of shape and needed to catch my breath.
As we boarded at 5:31 we were in th very last row, so we had the pleasure of walking by every single passengar that was seated and staring at us as the cause of their late departure. We were seated next to john and Libby who also had to run as John had left his camera bag at security and had to go back!
Luckliy for all of us there was a last minute ticket mix-up so the blame for the late departure shifted back to US Air…..yay!
Weather delayed us further and by the time we took off we were about 40 minutes behind.
We landed in Columbus in one piece and that ended our mexican vacation.
Thank you all 7 of you who read this It was fun to write and share our trip with you!!