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A Day of Waiting

by Meghann on June 27, 2012

Alright. Where was I?

Oh, yes, we were stuck overnight in a cottage on a dock that was on the verge of flooding.

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Surprisingly the dogs didn’t mind. We just had to hold them back from diving in.

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We set the alarms early and crossed our fingers the 7:30am boat would be up and running.

It wasn’t.

We arrived at the boat place at 7:15 and were told the morning boats were a no-go. The new plan was to try again after lunch time. They recommended a spot nearby for breakfast and sent us on our way.

The breakfast spot ended up being a local hole-in-the-wall that didn’t look like much on the outside, but was cute and cozy on the inside. I had the veggie omelet with a side of tomato slices and dry wheat toast.

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After that we had nothing to do, but wait.

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Luckily we were able to pick up a free WiFi signal from the boat place that allowed the hours to tick by a little quicker (I also got a good amount of work done).

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Around 11:30 we got more bad news. The boats were locked down for the rest of the day. That’s when panic started to set-in. Do we give up and go home? Do we wait it out another night? Do we find another way onto that damn island?!

My dad talked to manager after manager before he found someone that gave him an answer he liked. A competitor of our current boat company had slightly smaller, sturdier boats that were still shuttling people back and forth. They had some spots open on their 3:00 pm boat and were more than happy to bring us across. Sold!

Our boat company was amazing. They refunded our money, extended our rental another night at no charge, and allowed us to stay on property (with the free wifi and ac) until our 3:00pm departure time at the competitor’s site.

So we broke out the games and counted down the last hours before we were on the island.

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I pulled out the sandwich ingredients around 1:00 for lunch.

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We also had grapes, carrots sticks, and hummus to munch on.

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Unfortunately, just as things were looking up, we got some sad news. Josh and Adena weren’t willing to risk not being able to catch a boat ride back to the mainland on Thursday (they HAD to be back to Chicago/ Los Angeles on Friday – no wiggle room allowed), so they decided to stay behind and head back west a day early.

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We’ll miss them, but we all understood their decision. πŸ™‚

We said good-bye, wished them both luck (hopefully we won’t have to wait until January to see them again!), and headed to the other boat’s dock.

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This boat company had been running shuttles all day (and the day before!). They told us the water was rough, but they hadn’t had any problems and were running on schedule. We had high hopes this was our ticket across the water!

Apparently the fact that they were still running was even newsworthy.

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(They caught some video of Maddie pacing back and forth before boarding. My pup is famous! πŸ˜‰ )

We unloaded the car.

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(Packing light is not a gene that runs in my family.)

Took hold of the precious cargo.

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And boarded the boat.

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We all braced for the worst – high winds, rough waves, and lots of rockin’ – but what we got was a semi-calm ride that could have been any other day (Debby Downer or not).

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I’m not sure if it was because we had a great captain or because of all the build up, but the ride over wasn’t bad at all. It went quick, even the dogs didn’t seem to mind it.

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When we arrived on the island, it was like we could all breathe again. We were here! We had made it! Yay!

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And the beach had never looked better.

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Right, guys?

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Paradise. πŸ™‚

We unloaded the groceries, checked out the beach, and Dad started on dinner.

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Burgers for all.

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And Ashley made a celebratory “We made it!” cake for dessert.

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I think this pretty much sums up the rest of the evening. πŸ˜‰

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It’s vacation time!

1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

Glad you made it! Enjoy your break!
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2 Elisabeth June 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

Yay! You finally made it! (with a CRAPLOAD of stuff…whoa!) Too bad your brother & his girlfriend couldn’t make it…d*mn weather!

3 Annette @FitnessPerks June 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

Oh wow!! What an adventure! ENJOY the vacay πŸ™‚
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4 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

Glad that you finally made it! πŸ™‚ Funfetti is my favorite cake! Love it!
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5 sana June 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yay! You guys made itttt!!!

6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

YAY!!!! Ahhh I was so worried you wouldn’t make it! Enjoy your vacation!
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7 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog June 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

Aw your brother’s dog looks like my Rocco — he’s so cute! πŸ™‚
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8 Laura @ sweatingforit June 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Wow that sandwich bread looks great! What was it?
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9 Meghann June 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

It’s Peperidge Farm Rye/Pumpernickle swirl.

10 Samantha Angela June 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

That’s a relief that you guys were able to make it!

11 Allison June 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Wahoo, y’all made it! And now I want cake!

12 Heather June 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I love how almost every photo of your dad on the blog has him cooking. So glad yall made it, hope you have fun!

13 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

so glad you made it safely! yay for funfetti! πŸ™‚
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14 Cait's Plate June 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Yay! Glad you made it!! Enjoy yourselves πŸ™‚
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15 Ebernst June 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Love the photo with the Flor de Cana! I lived in Nicaragua (where Flor de Cana is made) and absolutely love it!

16 Kashi @ Cape Island Runners June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

hurray that you made it! hopefully you will now get some decent weather to enjoy!
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17 Meghan @ After the Ivy League June 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Have a great vacation! Love these pictures, and the “precious cargo” hahaha
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18 Reenie June 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Woot ~ you made it!! Enjoy ~

19 erica June 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

aw, i love the pics for the doggies on the beach! they look so happy πŸ™‚
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20 Megan @ Megan's Munchies June 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

How cute are those pups!! Love the couple pics with the dogs! Glad you all made it over safe!
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21 Jamie @ StudioEats June 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Ahhh finally made it!! It must feel like a huge relief.
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22 Sarah @RunningChickago.com June 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Glad you made it! πŸ™‚ That burger look delicious!! Can’t go wrong with funfetti cake, either πŸ˜‰
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23 Helena June 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Glad you made it safely! πŸ™‚

For some reason, your brother always reminds me of Ben from the Australian show Packed to the Rafters. Same name even, hee.

24 Sarah June 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Residency is very stressful, physically and emotionally. Often residents work 70-80 hours per week. The fact that they were able to get time off and managed to function is beyond me! Perhaps think about going to visit them, rather than making a comment that you hope it isn’t until January when you see them again? You have much, much more free time.

25 Sara@RunningInPinkProject June 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

There is nothing better than a freshly grilled burger at the beach. Have a great vacation!!!
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26 Charlotte Geary June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

The wait was worth it just to see the dogs that happy! And totally worth it for Funfetti cake, too.

27 BroccoliHut June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Ah man, sorry to hear about the long wait. Wi-Fi does make time go quicker though πŸ™‚
Love the pics of Maddie on the beach! She appears to love it! Margot has yet to see a beach, although she loves my parents’ lake house. Does Maddie like to swim?
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28 Meghann June 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

She doesn’t swim. I mean, if we throw her in the water, she can find her way out, but she doesn’t prefer it. She prefers just running around where the waves crash. πŸ™‚

29 Becka @ simplybecka June 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

Glad to hear you made it to the Island, looks like a great place have fun and be safe.
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