8/26- We got up at 3:00 AM to get ready for the ride to the airport. I began requesting an Uber ride about 4:15… no drivers available! Now what do we do? We didn’t want to leave our car at the airport for 17 days. Well finally one became available and we were picked up a little late per my schedule, but still in plenty of time. We got to the airport, checked in and off we flew to Aruba. We slept most of the first flight to Miami, grabbed a drink there and boarded the flight to Aruba. We tried flying in coach this trip, our first time and definitely our last time. I don’t care if I have to mortgage the house, never again. We aren’t big people, but the feeling of being crammed in like sardines was not for us. I’m currently looking to see if we can upgrade to first on our return flight. Okay enough about that. We got to Aruba about 20 minutes early, were through immigration in about 20 minutes, and our bags were already off of the carousel when we got to baggage claim. A quick stop in Duty Free and we were out the door. Danny from Tropic was waiting, we got our car and off we went. Since we were on our way by 1:30, lunch was in order and where else but West Deck for our first meal, actually a snack, of Balashi battered grouper fingers and conch fritters. We saw Juan, our waiter there last year. He remembered us and bought us each a drink and chatted away. We promised to return several more times during our stay and we will. Drove through downtown, not much has changed, past the container port which was being cleaned up nicely and on to the Holiday Inn. Our room was ready, and while checking in, the lady mentioned they had already reserved us a palapa for the next day. Nice! We walked by the towel hut and checked on our palapa. When we handed our card to the guy he says you are gold members and gave us one on the front row. Real nice! We walked over to Pelican Nest for a couple of happy hour drinks with Jonathan, stopped at the room and changed and went over to Casa Tua for their incredibly awesome thin crust Tre Frommagio pizza and finished with a nightcap at MooMba.