By the time we were standing at the front desk of the lovely Dreams Cancun Resort, I was tired and hungry. First good news of the day: The hotel had upgraded us to an oceanfront room. I was so excited that our vacation was back on track, I applauded. Then the energetic bellman scooped up our luggage and escorted us to our upgraded room. It was a beautiful evening to dine under the stars. Day One ended on a good note.
Day Two, we turned on the TV and found a Miami news station. It said there was a hurricane, Rina, heading for where? . . . No, it couldn't be . . . Cancun! Even though I kept yelling at the TV, "Tell me when it is going to hit," all the Miami meteorologist wanted to talk about was if it might make landfall in Florida.
Rina was not in Cancun yet - so we hit the beach.
Day Three, Miami news still wouldn't give us the information we needed, but the hotel kept us up to speed on Rina. We called the airlines. They knew about the hurricane, but flights were not canceled.
Day Four, there were a few dark clouds but we still planned on an afternoon at the beach. Hotel staff was busy putting away everything that was not nailed down, along with some things that were. Planks were expeditiously being removed from the fishing pier. We quickly grabbed two lounge chairs before they, too, were stored away. The three outdoor restaurants were bare of tables and chairs. Windows were being boardedup and sandbags being readied. The hardworking maintenance workers paused to wave as I took their picture. Did they know it would be printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer?
Airlines must have been watching our hotel's preparations because they finally canceled our Thursday flight and also canceled all flights out of Cancun for Friday. We were rebooked for Sunday.
Rina was downgraded to a tropical storm. Thursday evening she wreaked havoc outside our upgraded oceanfront room. By daybreak, Rina was gone, boards were being replaced, and beach chairs were back where they should be.
Remember we lost Day One on the beach? We made it up plus two and missed the October snow in Philadelphia to boot.
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