“All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go . . . . . ”
I talked to Ted about half-way to Atlanta, and he told me that Bear was lying out at the corner of our yard, staring down the road, waiting for me to come back. I said I really didn’t believe that because I leave the house all the time. “But,” Ted said, “you put your suitcases in the car this time. Bear knew something was different.” Awwww . . . . . daddy will take care of you, Bear!
Dawn and I arrived in Atlanta this afternoon early enough to avoid the gridlock of traffic and late enough to get into our room without a wait. Neither of us has ever stayed at a Drury Inn & Suites, but from what we’ve seen so far, we are impressed! We locked the car in secure parking, where it will stay for six nights free of charge. Our room is very nice, with a huge flat screen TV. We’ve already been downstairs for free popcorn and soft drinks.
We are right across the street from the airport, and tomorrow morning we will jump on the hotel shuttle and be dropped off at the Delta terminal. We’ve already checked-in online, printed our boarding passes, and checked our baggage online. Amazing! Tomorrow morning all we have to do at the airport is give our checked suitcase to a skyhop curbside and go straight to security with our carry-on luggage. Hopefully, by the time we get to our gate, Mike will be there also.
Another perk at Drury that just began Feb. 1 is hot food and drinks free from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We went down to the lobby around 6 p.m., where they served hot dogs with chili, baked potatoes with cheese sauce, salad, and nachos. You also get a card good for three free drinks – wine, beer, AND mixed drinks! We were pretty impressed, as were about 30 other folks staying here! Tomorrow, before we leave, we will take advantage of the free breakfast!
The staff has also been extremely helpful, courteous, and nice. We’ll be back, Drury!
Our flight is Delta 5225 leaving at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, arriving in Flint around 11 a.m. From there, a 3-4 hour drive to St. Ignace, a 5- minute flight to the island, and a 20-minute taxi ride to the Cottage Inn. A busy day!
Don’t forget! Dawn, Jill, Mike and I will be standing in front of the Tourism Bureau webcam at 11 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 5) morning to wave to everyone back home. If you want to tune in, please be watching http://www.mackinaclive.com a little before 11 a.m. that day. Once you are on that site, click on the “Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau” link to go to that camera. “See” you there, and see you back here online Friday morning.