Our last day of vacation! Sigh.
Day 7 October 5 Monday
We woke up and got dressed for breakfast. But this was no ordinary breakfast! Today we were having breakfast at O’hana at the Polynesian Resort. Amy made all the arrangements. We drove over (CSP’s foot wouldn’t allow us to take the boat/monorail) and sat down to wait for our reservation. We were chatting about our drive home was going to be affected by Hurricane Joaquin and I mentioned that my friend and travel agent Lisa sent me some information about highway closures. Just then this lady says “Excuse me, who is your travel agent?” I said “Lisa Reese”, and she said “I work with her”! It really is a small world after all!
Our buzzer went off and we were seated and breakfast was served. Scrambled eggs, potatoes, Mickey waffles, sausage, biscuits, fruit and bacon are served family style. Not too far into breakfast and Mickey appeared! Then Lilo, Pluto, and finally….my favorite…STITCH!!!! I’d never met him even after all my Disney cruises! He signed a painting Amy & Kevin gave us and was so sweet and careful about it. I was so excited!!! Especially when I found out that besides the cruises ‘Ohana is the only place you can meet Stitch now!
Once breakfast was over CSP rested in the lobby while I bought a couple things in the gift shop. Then it was back to the room to pack, say our goodbyes and hit the road!
We left about noonish and our route was fine up until when we were supposed to take I-26 from I-95 to Columbia. 70 miles of I-95 and large parts of I-26 were closed due to flooding from Hurricane Joaquin! CSP, being super safety conscious and conservative, wanted to drive to Atlanta then home from there- adding another 8 hours to our drive! I said no way. I just knew I couldn’t do it. We were up late last night and there was no way I could drive 14-16 hours home. So we took 95 up to just below Savannah. Then I cut over on 16. I pulled over onto an exit and studied the map then took 119 North through South Carolina to Columbia. We passed through the funniest little towns on this 2 lane highway. Norway, Denmark, Sweden, etc! They all were really just wide spots in the road but they all had a Dollar General!
Once we were on 77 North I felt better, but then that’s when we saw evidence of the flooding. There were exits closed where the entire interchange was under water. Spooky. And then we needed gas. I tried exit after exit but all the gas stations, restaurants etc. were closed. So creepy! We finally found a gas station about 40 miles north of Columbia. We filled up there and made it home by 11 pm! Only 2 hours longer than normal! The pugs were so excited to see us! And we were thrilled to see them too. Too bad they don’t allow pugs on the Disney cruise ships!