Today marked the departure of Corinna, Alyssa, Nick and Sascha on Air France. They didn't have to board until 14:30 and had already gotten their seat assignments during online check in, so once we'd rented a car for the day we headed off to the airport in order to drop off the luggage. We opted to see their flight land from the Sunset Bar and also had some lunch at the bar while waiting for the flight arrival. It was, as usual, somewhat late and we watched several other planes land and take off before their flight was on final approach. The approach and landing of such a big beast seen from directly underneath was pretty impressive! After that I dropped them off at the departure gate and we said our good-byes; I hope that they had a fun time while here and that their acclimatization aboard Zanshin will make any turbulence they encounter on the return flight seem inconsequential.
After dropping them off I got into the usual traffic jam and headed to Kooyman's hardware store to get a wrench for the heating element and some other bits of hardware. After that I visited Cost-U-Less for groceries and the re-joined the heavy traffic for the trip back to the boat, which I arrived at about 16:30 - too late to return to the airport and watch their flight takeoff, unfortunately.
I ended up staying aboard for both happy hour and dinner - a quiet night indeed after the past two weeks; the boat seems rather empty now. Just to keep things interesting, the generator stopped running when I fired it up to charge the batteries (the day had been mostly cloudy) due to "high temperature" which means that I need to replace the impeller, once again. Luckily I've got battery reserves for the night and much of the following day if the sun decides to put in an appearance.

Jet on final approach to SXM Final approach to the runway at SXM in St. Martin. A popular place for pictures and selfies!
(2015-04-16 13:30:22 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/2000s] ISO 100)
Jet on final approach to SXM
Free jet sandblasting at SXM I wonder if anyone does this exfoliation/sandblasting exercise with jets taking off more than once?
(2015-04-16 13:09:17 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Free jet sandblasting at SXM
Guess which arm is mine? Although my friends have made great progress in changing their albedo, I'm still somewhat ahead of them.
(2015-04-16 13:04:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Guess which arm is mine?
Sascha, Corinna, Alyssa and Nick Watching arriving (and departing) aircraft from the end of the runway at SXM .
(2015-04-16 13:42:22 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/3200s] ISO 100)
Sascha, Corinna, Alyssa and Nick
Alyssa is embarassed for her parents The band is playing the Bee-Gee's and the parents are groovin' while Alyssa looks like she'd rather be elsewhere!
(2015-04-16 13:10:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Alyssa is embarassed for her parents
Sascha, Corinna, Nick and Alyssa departing My friends departing from Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) after their easter break in St. Martin and aboard Zanshin.
(2015-04-16 13:58:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Sascha, Corinna, Nick and Alyssa departing
Incoming A340 with shadow Air France flight from Paris coming in to land at SXM
(2015-04-16 13:44:58 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/1250s] ISO 100)
Incoming A340 with shadow
Air France Airbus A340 The daily Air France A340 flight landing, with Nick, Sascha, Corinna and Alyssa looking on - since this is going to be their departure aircraft.
(2015-04-16 13:44:59 NIKON D7100 with a "10.5 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/11.0, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Air France Airbus A340
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