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Last weekend I took my first trip to Bimini in the Bahamas. It was a fantastic trip, but it was a trip that almost didn’t happen.
Last Wednesday I began to organize what I needed to take. When I went to grab my passport from the place I always keep it, all I saw staring up at me was an empty box. I quickly looked in a couple other places it might be; underwear draw, filing cabinet, bookshelf…it was no where to be found. I wasn’t in panic mode yet, but the anxiety level was definitely on the rise. I spent the next 3 hours that night going through the house, looking in every box, every pocket, every place I could think of. Nothing.
I hit the sack around midnight; mind racing on places it could be. Not being able to sleep, I woke at 4:30am and started searching the house again until it was time to go to work.
Panic was in full swing now. I emailed Mike and Shawn and filled them in on my situation. Their words inspired me not to quit looking, but ultimately pushed me to do what I had to do to get a new passport the same day we were scheduled to fly out. I read blogs, I called the passport agencies, I called shady 24hour passport companies, and I called travel agents. This research lead to only one option and it was by no means a guarantee. More like throwing a dart and hoping for a bulls-eye.
After spending all of Thursday night turning over the entire house for a third time with no passport in sight, it was clear I had only one option. I had to drive to Miami and pay the passport agency a visit. But with no appointment (those are made weeks in advance), chances were slim I’d get into their office in time and even slimmer that my passport would be ready that day, let alone before my flight. Here is a break down of my Friday.
Woke up at 2:30am
On the road to Miami by 3:00am
Drink Red Bull
Arrive at passport agency in downtown Miami at 5:15am.
First person in the non-appointment line
Office opened at 8am
First non-appointment person let in 9:30am
Give agent all my info at 10:15am
Told to come back between 2pm -3pm for possible pick up, no guarantees
Sit at Miami Marriott and look for possible later that day or early the next morning flights or boat charters
Drink Red Bull
Go back to passport office at 1:00pm to check
Sweet talk lady agent and tell her my story and flight time
She smiles at the bald guy and says things are looking good
Bald guy smiles back
Get passport early at 1:45pm
Freakout with joy
Drive way too fast on I-95 to Ft. Lauderdale airport
Meet Mike and Shawn at airport Chilis at 2:45pm
Drink best tasting Corona of my life
Fly to Bimini 4:10pm
That was an incredibly long day, but when it comes to traveling to the islands I will do just about anything. The things we did and experienced in Bimini made this island adventure one of my all time favorites. I had no idea this small island just 50 miles off the coast of Florida had so much to offer. Much more to come from Bimini and the Bimini Big Game Club.
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