28 March 2009 | Panama City
Amy/ 90, sunny, with a cool breeze
Jim & I arrived safe & sound. We were able to get on the same flight from Det. To Houston. Tracy, the nice lady at the Continental desk put Jim on standby for my flight, and told us he was the 2nd in line for standby & a good chance of him getting on the flight with me. We made the mile long, I don't know if it was really a mile, it felt like it, trek from the ticket counter, through security, walking down, up, down & up at the airport to get to the terminal, finally making it, Jim goes up to the terminal counter to check in on the standby, only to find out, the life raft we checked in is NOT going to be allowed on the flight. Tracy, back at check in, said the raft should be okay, Jim called Continental Airlines a couple weeks ago to make sure it would go on the flight okay, and was told then it would be fine. But TSA said, "no". So Jim had to all the way back the mile to security, to take out the life raft, and leave the minimal amount of other stuff we had in the bag, close it up. I called Jim A.- who took us to the airport, and asked him to come back some time that day to pick it up and hold it for us until we return. My Jim, made it back the mile long walk again, to me, just in time for the final boarding, and another nice Continental lady who was assisting with all this matter, came over to us in line and said he had a seat on the flight, and also since we were given mis-information about the raft and they had one seat in first class left to fill, asked if one of us wanted to take it, since we weren't sitting together anyway. Jim gave the seat to me, and we boarded the plane. I sat next to the nicest lady named Susan from West Bloomfield, who's a teacher for the Detroit public schools, teaching special needs children. We visited practically the whole 3 hours!
We had a 4 hour layover in Houston, the first thing I did once we got to the terminal was crawl up on some chairs that were already put together from some other long layover passengers, and fall asleep for about an hour & ½. Which is good, because anyone who knows me, knows I just don't like to sit still doing nothing! So a 4 hour layover sounded like torcher to me! After walking from the arrival terminal to the departing, was another ¾ mile, and no up & down escalators, plus the nap, then I went to get lunch. If you are ever in the Houston airport at terminal E- go eat at the Bistro that's in the food court. OMGosh! YUM! Pasta salads galore, I especially noticed a try colored tortellini pasta w/ broccoli, they had quiche, croissant sandwiches, stir fry's, greek, ceasar, salads, cheesecakes... YUM! I could eat there everyday!
We are currently waiting at the Balboa Yacht club for the ferry to take us over to Isla Taboga to Sunshine. We are planning on moving Sunshine from Taboga back to the Playita anchorage Tues. morning, going ashore one more time, and should be table to update one last time before going through the canal Wed. or Thurs.