PERSONALLY YOURS: Impromptu Key West: Here’s looking at you, kid

KW Sunset

The cost of a Key West sunset with family? Priceless.

Deborah Wheeler
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 09:33 AM.

Do you ever jump up and take off on a really big adventure on the spur of the moment? I fall into the category of those who do not. Anything that is big or somewhat costly, I will think through for a while, and by the time I get done thinking and weighing things, the opportunity has usually passed.

More than two years ago my youngest grown child took a job that requires travel on a weekly basis. While that might sound tedious if you're talking commuting between Peoria and Scranton, those are not the places where she is forced to travel. She is based in Miami and charged with traveling to towns such as Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Key West, San Juan, and St. Croix. Yes, it is true. She spends weeks at a time stationed in these places and has become quite the savvy and confident traveler, racking up enough Sky Miles and points to travel free almost anywhere she wants.

I am blessed to be the mother of this generous child who has asked me on several occasions to fly down and join her in St. Croix or San Juan. However, I have always cautiously weighed and evaluated until I just never did it.

My daughter was due to finish up a three-week assignment in Key West last week, where she has been sent several times previously. I have visited the island three times in the past and enjoy its funky atmosphere a lot. For a few days, it crossed and re-crossed my mind to just do it and go down this time, but knowing myself pretty well, I knew I probably wasn't going.

Totally uncharacteristic of me, however, around noon last Monday, I thought to myself, if my boss will let me take off, if I can get the must-go articles in (three of them in one day), if I can get a ride to the airport, and if I can find an airline ticket at a price that is reasonable, I will go. That's a lot of "ifs" to be cleared in one afternoon.

Hurdle No. 1 cleared when my boss said "yes" to my sudden request to take the rest of the week off if I got the must-go three articles in.

I didn't think hurdle No. 2 could be cleared as, is usually the case, half the folks I needed to talk to for the articles to come together were out of pocket and didn't return calls. But I got creative and found others who could and would help with needed information. Amazingly, by late afternoon, the three were complete.



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