Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paradise for Work

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My new job keeps getting harder and harder.
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For instance, Tuesday I got a little sunburned while sitting on a white sandy beach on the eastern edge of the Caribbean. Underneath a beach cabana. On a lounge chair. Reading a book.
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How can I have such a hazardous job, where the rays of sun are the hardest thing that I have to overcome?!
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Monday was the day that this all began. We flew from Scottsdale over the Gulf of Mexico to the west coast of Florida for a fuel stop.
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I’ve never been able to fly over the Gulf like this, since a life raft is required to be on board if flying beyond gliding distance of land.
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Gliding distance means if both engines die, the airplane is still able to glide far enough to reach land.
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Sounds scary, right? They just don’t want sharks to eat more people than necessary.
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But with this new job, I have a life raft. And it’s big. It can seat up to thirteen people, if things get really drastic. We have to have a life raft at least big enough for all the seats on board. Including crew, that means we needed at least a nine-person raft. Ours is a nine-person raft with room for up to four additional people.
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You know, in case we come across a ship wreck after we ditch into the ocean. We like to be prepared! The goal is to never use this raft, of course.
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So we flew over the Gulf, which only prepared me for later when we were flying over the Atlantic Ocean! It’s a lot of blue underneath you and can be a little unnerving.
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We stopped in Fort Myers, Florida for a quick-turn on fuel. They were awesome and fast, but it helps to have single-point refueling on this gorgeous Phenom 300!
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After paying for the fuel bill (always a good idea to remember to pay), we were off for another 2.6-hour flight east!
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I’ve never been this far past Florida, and it was exhilarating flying over beautiful island nations that I had always heard existed but never dreamed I would see.
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I saw these dream locations on Monday from 43,000 feet. It’s really the best view of everything.
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As we got closer to our destination, we passed Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, and even the US Virgin Islands.
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Finally, we descended towards a beautifully green island just north of Saint Maarten.
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I am in Anguilla in the British West Indies! Don’t worry…I don’t know how to say it, either.
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I don’t know what could have possibly made this day any better. Almost seven hours of flight time. Landing in a tropical paradise in which I would be staying for the week.
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See what I mean when I say this new job is rough?!
We landed just before dark set in (which happens in a matter of minutes in this part of the world. Weird, huh?). The sunset was gorgeous, but I was too busy working to take pictures.
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We filled out the local Customs paperwork and then loaded bags into the car for our six passengers to be on their way.
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Then we cleaned out the inside and locked up the airplane. Because of the humidity, the airplane was already dripping water. Crazy for a girl from the desert!
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We hitched a ride with the local FBO line guy for a seemingly endless drive to our hotel on the southwest side of the island.
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The entire island is only eleven miles, so it wasn’t really that far. Maybe it felt so far because I was really tired?
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Or because they were all driving on the wrong side of the road?
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The hotel check-in area is an open desk exposed to the elements. It was very dark by now, so I couldn’t get any “Welcome to Heaven” pictures of the place.
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I was able to take a few pictures of my beautiful suite. I guess you could say that I’m a pretty happy camper in these accommodations. And they have wi-fi here! Woohoo!
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After getting up at 5:20 AM and saying goodbye to family still sleeping at our house, I flew from the western side of the United States to the eastern side of the Caribbean. Long, busy, delightful day, but it ended by crawling into bed in a beautiful hotel on a lush, tropical island.
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It’s just tough, you know?
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Thank you for being so understanding. And for having so much empathy for my present predicament. It’s a difficult job, but someone has to do it. Team player, remember?

4 comments:

  1. Wow, Micah. Just wow!
    Enjoy every moment!
    Thank you for letting us vicariously go with you through your superb pictures! It's probably the closest I'll ever get to the Caribbean!
    xoxo

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  2. WOW, Awesome! Enjoy all and keep up the trip pictures, I feel like I'm there! You're a lucky girl!

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  3. This is great!! So happy for you. xoxo

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  4. Well Geez, Micah, you must absolutely HATE your job!!! I love seeing all the photos you take- they are better than any travel or food magazine I've ever seen! ENJOY every horrible moment there!

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