so we had to leave tallahassee a bit earlier than we expected... maxx was down in the florida keys at a boy scout high adventure scuba diving cap (which was awesome btw.) he was slated to arrived home on july 4th (wednesday) night late. i would wash his clothes late into the night. repack him. and we were all going to get up super early thursday morning and drive to atlanta to make our 1pm flight out our atlanta. except we didn't have a 1pm departure time from atlanta. we had a 1pm ARRIVAL in montreal time. whoops. little lesson on CHECK YOUR FLIGHT TIMES PEOPLE. we figured this out on tuesday night (in PLENTY of time, ahem) to make some new plans. i missed the fireworks at the beach (so sad), maxx arrived even earlier than we thought. around 7pm. no clothes washing. just repacking. and we were out the door to atlanta within 20 minutes of his arrival home. "welcome home maxx. how was your 10 hour car ride? well, get back into our car, you have 5 more to go. love ya."
we arrived at atlanta and stayed in one of the hotels right by the airport that is on the little monorail track to the airport. very nice. up and out in plenty of time to make our 9:45am flight to montreal. the new international terminal at the atlanta airport is really nice. it had just opened earlier that month. i am sure JUST BECAUSE i was traveling internationally for the first time in over 20 years. we even met up with the clarke family. they were on the same flight. yay!!!!
bonus: it cost as much to stay in the hotel for one night PLUS we could park our car FREE in their lot for up to 10 days as it would have cost to park our car in long term airport parking for 10 days. win/win.
we arrived in montreal. yes, they let us out of the country. the question remained... would they let us back in after 10 days...