We have all been there and it’s never a pleasurable experience; flight delays!
Been up since 5:30am EST and should have known something was going to ripple this day from the moment I got on the infamous TSA Pre-check line.
“Sir…you have been randomly selected for additional screening” Oh yay just want I wanted. Get through that head upstairs and realize I no longer have my wallet!
Ugh..too early for this! Head back down and see the TSA agent looking around waving a wallet, well my wallet. I was actually quite grateful to him as a lost wallet is another whole journey I don’t want to be on.
Thanks to a last minute travel schedule change my new seat is at the very baaaaaaaaack of the plane. Before we take off the pilot announces air traffic in Atlanta and a one hour delay.
Get to Atlanta finally at the furthest terminal away from my connecting flight and the clock is ticking…as I have gained some weight (and I say this with an honest side eye daring you to judge me) I am not running through no airport. I did walk as fast as I could, but as to be expected I missed the flight.
Having called Delta for assistance they advised the only flight was at 8:00pm EST mind you it’s now only 10:00am, so this little camper was not very happy.
What I will say is this, you have two choices; be thankful or be not-thankful. I went to the stand by gate as suggested by the agent and the gate agent was amazing! Friendly, empathetic, and willing (let me say this again, WILLING TO HELP ME). although I could not get on that next flight she was able to confirm me a seat at 3:00pm and a better seat than my original.
I chose thankful, I made sure she knew how very thankful I was to her for helping me. I will say this though dealing with Delta over the phone is a nerve racking thing, it can get to the best of you, work that very last nerve. In person, the team are amazing.
Is there ever a time when you don’t reflect, think back to other times, lost adventure, the what if’s?
I am not sure if it is an age thing, I am 51 and at a point where I am now seeing things through different lenses. I don’t miss some things and part of my reflection process clearly reminds me of that; for example going out every evening to the clubs.
It could also be that my daughter had done her first college visit and life it self is getting very real. My emotions are all over the place right now, but I know it will all balance, or at least I hope so.
When your 51 do you start thinking about the rest of your life? Am I being over worried for no reason? I have no idea, but there is a part of me that feels like I need to get stuff done already, travel, check off that bucket list.
I am going to start journaling more as it actually helps my anxiety a bit.
In Key West getting ready to bring our vacation to a close and we decided to try someplace we had never tried.
Banana Cafe on Duval was this place for us this evening. We walked two blocks down and were seated inside by Michael and then our French Cuisine journey began.
We began with a beautiful charcuterie board while we awaited our meals. I dined on a stuffed pork chopped (goat cheese, bacon, and spinach) and Steve dined on a Shrimp Crepe. The photo collage does not do justice to the taste and actual presentation of the meal.
For desert (believe it or not something we normally don’t have) I had La Danny Crepe and Steve had a Flourless Chocolate Tart with an expresso. Let me say this au-delà délicieux!
The atmosphere is warm and reminiscent of a French Cafe, right here in Key West. It’s a beautiful spot we will visit again.
As we were leaving and I looked back there is a cute bench that happen to have a hen and her young sitting there just enjoying the day! Great visit highly recommend.
I so enjoy following their journey. They are a young couple just living their best lives.
I am such a fan!!
Of late I find myself looking through photos I have taken to remind me of the pretty places I have been.
I have been fortunate to have traveled around to some places and see some beautiful things.
Now more then ever I need to remind myself of the pretty places I have been, the pretty things I have seen.
Lucky yes, I make no bones about it, heavy hearted YES.
I say that because right now there are some heavy things going on, we see the images, we hear the cries, we ask ourselves why.
I don’t have answers, I simply don’t, I am a man who wears my emotions on my sleeve (to a fault), I am a dad who who is over protective of his daughter (there is never enough protection for your child in my book), I am a partner/husband/confidant to an amazing man.
So I turn to my photos at times to remind me of the pretty places to ease my nerves, to try and calm my emotions, to reassure my daughter and partner.
The photo below is taken at a place in South Carolina called A pretty place
Smile when it hurts, hug when you need, be thankful for everything…..morning 😌
Sometimes you just have to be! That’s ok, it’s an amazing feeling when you can somehow help someone else.
Be it with a hug, a smile, or just your presence. If you can help to elevate someone why wouldn’t you?
We each have a journey we are on and even our strongest travelers need reassurance at times.