Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Once the Sox announced their plan to start the season in Japan, it put a damper on our long weekend spring training trip, which I just got back from and one of the reasons for the lack of communication. In light of the Olde Towne Teams adjusted schedule, I decided to head to Key West instead of hanging out with seniors and southern high schoolers on Spring Break.
There is no need to bore with my horrible travel adventures to-and-from Fort Myers and the Conch Republic (although the crew of the Key West Express has some brass balls to ask for tips after taking the worse four hour cruise ever - the vomit bags were out in force). Even though we missed our main attraction, this was a fun and necessary trip out of the cold - warm sunshine, nice people, and good times.
We flew out of Portsmouth on SkyBus to Punta Gorda. Both are about 30 minutes north of Boston and Fort Myers. This was my first experience on the airline. Given the bargain (about $150 for a round-trip ticket) for a direct flight, the three or so sales pitches for food & beverages, travel items and gifts was worth it. Add in the fact that parking in Portsmouth is free and this is a incredible deal. Our flight out was delayed due to a passenger on the incoming flight needing medical assistance, but I would bet SkyBus does not have the normal delays of most other airlines. They are the only airline in both Portsmouth and Punta Gorda. No run way delays. Your plane is always first for take off and no long security lines either.
Next year, I’ll be planning another long Sox weekend in Fort Myers via SkyBus. Hopefully, they will not be in playing in Australia or the North Pole in 2009.
Up next is my take on the Eden House, the Lazy Gecko, the Sox Spring Training and Minor League Complex.