Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Airport Adventures

Well my vacation came to an end with a 12-hour flight adventure. It all started out at the Birmingham airport which is a surprisingly nice little airport. That flight left without a hitch and I made it to Dallas/Fort Worth. A 2-hour layover in DFW gave me plenty of time to have some lunch/dinner. Of course, as is my experience whenever I go to DFW which feels like the largest most impossible to navigate airport in the world, my flight arrival and departure gates were about a mile apart. But it's nice to see that they have a new (well, new to me at least) sky tram that connects the entire airport. Far more efficient than the old days when you had to walk that mile across the terminal.

Fortunately for me, I had a relatively good experience at the airports. Not so for some of the people I saw elsewhere at the airports. The gate next to mine at DFW had an announcement similar to this:
4:30pm - "Attention passengers, we just want to inform you that the flight to New York that has been delayed by air traffic control will likely not be cleared for departure until 7:00pm. However, there are no spare gates and the airport is full, so we will be boarding the flight at 5:00pm and then sitting on the tarmac for up to 2 hours prior to takeoff. We just wanted to let you know so you can prepare for it."

Well, that wasn't me. So now I make it to San Diego, stop number 2 on my flight adventure. After having to walk outside from one terminal to another and then pass through security again, which was a pain in the neck, though I was switching airlines, so it's understandable, I then made it to my next departure to Seattle. The gate right next to me, another departure to Seattle that was scheduled to depart an hour and a half earlier than mine. Their flight was delayed because the plane arriving was delayed, and as a result my flight that should have arrived 1.5 hours after the other actually ended up arriving first. HA. At least the luck was with me.

But finally I'm home, reasonably adjusted to Pacific Time again. Time to upload the last of my pictures and get them all labeled. Vacation is a lot of work... where should I go next? :)

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