Planes, Trains and Automobiles…and More Planes: I’m Home!

A long trip home became a wee bit longer on Sunday afternoon when we were experience some bad weather on Beaver Island, Michigan.  JUST when we needed to fly the rain and a bit of thunder started…and for a little plane?  That’s never good.


Finally the plane arrived…just a little four seater…and we were off…bye Beaver Island.  Man…what a great spot.


The flight took us from Beaver Island to Traverse City – our friends ran to get their flight to New York – and made it.  We were missing ours’ to Chicago.


Bye Patrick and Melanie…what a super fun week.

We went through our options with the lovely American employee at Cherry Capital Airport.  It was Sunday afternoon and all flights out were full.  Best option to make our flight from Miami to Belize the next day?  Rent a car.

And drive south 2.5 hours to Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Beautiful farm land and…through Cadillac, Michigan and…we were there.

The birthplace of President Gerald Ford and…who knew?  Gerald Ford International Airport.  (I think the word “international” is there just in case…)

IMG_4260One of the last planes out to Chicago’s O’Hare and then a quick sleep in the airport hotel.  (Does the airport mono-rail count as a train?  YES!)

Up EARLY the next morning for the 6am to Miami and then the flight to Belize City.

The view as we flew over St George’s Caye into BZE.



We exited the plane into the warm hot humid embrace of HOME.

One more flight…make sure to look down into the river as you get into the air…


…we saw a mother manatee and her calf in the river and then a handful at the mouth of the river.  BEAUTIFUL.


And back to Ambergris Caye.  Hardly a breeze…you could hardly sea the reef…just a tiny break here and there.

IMG_4279IMG_4284And then Tropic Air welcoming us home.  One of my favorite signs on earth.


So there it is:  Beaver Island to Traverse City – drive to Grand Rapids.  Grand Rapids to Chicago.  Chicago to Miami.  Miami to Belize City.  Belize City to Ambergris Caye.

Pffft.  Easy peasy.






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