Needless to say, most islanders are very excited about visiting the mainland. A few weeks ago, my coworker and I had a conference to attend in Boston, MA. Aaron was able to come with me and we also booked a flight to Washington DC to visit some of our friends from St. Croix who live there now. Our first flight was from St. Croix to San Juan, PR and we flew Cape Air in the smallest plane I have ever been on. Talk about an experience! The pilot pitched the plane on sideways over a large body of water while we were also doing a nose dive to come in for the landing. I won't lie… I was a bit nervous and Aaron was so scared he couldn't stop laughing. Luckily that was just normal procedure and we landed just fine :)
From San Juan, we caught a direct flight to Boston with Jet Blue. I would highly recommend Jet Blue! The flight was great! The hotel we stayed at in Boston had complimentary champagne ready for us at arrival. Can you believe that!? Very nice welcome to Boston :) I wasn't able to check out much of Boston because of the conference but Aaron took a day trip to the harbor and visited Lowell's Boat shop which is the oldest operating wooden boat shop in the U.S. Here are a few pictures that he took. He was in heaven :)
After the walk, we went to the airport and caught a short flight to DC. We stayed with two of our good friends who used to live on St. Croix. The shutdown was over a few days before we arrived and all of the monuments and museums were open. Lucky us! We didn't have time to see everything, but we did get in quite a few of them. Another one of our friends who lives in DC took us to the FDR and Iwo Jima memorials at night with a full moon. Amazing is all I can say!
Once we arrived home, we grabbed Buddy and Bonnie, packed a few drinks, and headed to the beach. They were very glad to see us and we were glad to be home :) One of the great things about going to the states is that we are always ready to get back to our island life after a few days.