After getting back from vacation in Hawaii, I had a long weekend at home in Orlando to catch up on the time change, laundry, and get ready to go again on a business trip on Monday.
This week was actually quick and not at all hectic. I didn’t take many photos as I didn’t do much other than work, but that makes for a good uneventful week. DOS dropped me off at Orlando Airport on Monday morning, and I flew on American Airlines to Charlotte, connecting to Columbia, South Carolina. This trip I got upgraded to First on all four flights (two up and two back).
When I got to Columbia, I had an hour drive to Sumter, South Carolina, and rented a car from National Car Rental. I got a brand-spakin’ new car, a Nissan, that had a whopping seven miles on it! It had all the bells and whistles, and as it was new it still had the free one month subscription of XM Satellite radio on which I like. As always, when I get my rental car, I pair my phone to the bluetooth in the car so I can talk handsfree.
I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Sumpter, SC, which was very nice for a Hampton. Here’s a few a couple photos of the room and pool view out my window.
I chatted with the lady at the front desk, and she was so excited to be going to Orlando next week, and I gave her a couple of “Steve’s Disney tips” as well as a couple beach tips, as she is doing a side trip to the beaches.
While I was in Sumter, it was so hot (nearly 100 degrees) that it wasn’t comfortable to walk around for exercise in the evening. I did go out on Wednesday night and walked to the nearby Outback and had a nice meal. I love Outback and while we normally go on weekends, they have a great price fix special on Wednesday nights for $19.99, including Prime rib, potato, salad, and dessert – quite a bargain!
On Thursday afternoon I drove back to Columbia airport. As my flight wasn’t until 2:30pm, I had some time to relax in the airport. This was my first time in Columbia airport, and it was quite nice and modern. I love smaller airports in general, and this was really a nice airport to spend time in, with a food court, wifi, plenty of seating, and best of all rocking chairs with a window view! I love rocking chairs and it’s one of those little pleasures I miss while traveling – it really helps me relax!
I then flew back to Orlando, and as DOS wasn’t there to pick me up (he comes on Friday’s) I took a cab home, arriving by 7pm.
I was home only overnight though, as we are going away once again for the weekend; this time to Miami and San Juan. Welcome Home! (Briefly!)