Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day 1 of the St. Maarten Adventure

     After an uneventful trip from Key West to Miami and a two and a half hour of breakfast and some writing it is time to board the plane for St. Maarten.  Arriving at three, it is off to the Sonesta Maho Resort to check into the rooms before the first of the get together's in the lobby of the hotel.

    We had a great time getting together for the first time in two years.  We shared some old tails and what we have been up to since our last meeting in Grenada in 2013.  We enjoyed interesting new rum to me called "Typhoon" and I had the pleasure of making a couple of daiquiri's for my friends here from behind the bar.
  This is the fifth annual Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival and this year's edition is here in St. Maarten.  This island is one of the gems of the Caribbean and I'm looking forward to spending some time exploring the beaches and other fun places around the island.  I'll be posting a number of pictures over the next few days as things begin to unfold and the events start to happen.    Watch both on my facebook pages as well as here on the blog for updates.

Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival Headquarters
     Arrived safely in St. Maarten, beautiful place.  Had a little time to wander around the grounds at the Sonesta Maho, beautiful place.  Pools, beaches, great little bars, even got to make some daiquiri's behind the bar for some of my friends that are here.  Had a nice dinner with some friends that I don't get to see often enough.   Cocktails, food and friends it doesn't get much better than this.

     Tomorrow at ten it is down to business and the judging begins at 10:00 am.  After that is completed it is off to Sunset Beach and watch the planes landing from the end of the runway, This is a really cool place to sip some rum and see the underside of some really large airplanes as they are about to touch down.