Friday, February 5, 2010

Flying Fun and Follies

For awhile it looked like we'd almost jumped from the frying pan into the fire by rerouting through Denver, although that's silly since Washington Dulles is completely shut down. It's also a silly metaphor since it's snow rather than heat that closed Dulles but we digress.

Our first flight SEA-DEN went without a hitch. The only intriguing dilemma was that, with all the reroutings, there was a great bump opportunity for all seven of us. Unfortunately the earliest United could get us in was around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon and that created a stress-inducing deadline to board a cruise an hour's drive away by 4:00 p.m. without fail.

Brian boarded early to find some room in the overhead. Oops... He hears through the flight attendant grapevine there's a mechanical problem, actually electrical... not good.

Kathy immediately calls to see if we can all be protected on the early-morning flight tomorrow that they'd been willing to place us on a few minutes earlier. No luck... now we could be faced with trying to fly or drive all the way to Key West to catch the cruise at its first stop. That wouldn't be fun.

United comes through with another 757 though - lucky we were in UA's Denver hub. It's flying in from Pittsburgh as Brian sits at the keyboard and we should be arriving in Orlando by 2:00 a.m. local time, giving us a chance to catch a few hours of sleep before taking the shuttle we reserved to Port Canaveral and The Mouseboat. The grandkids are watching a video on a computer and handling it all exceptionally well.

If there aren't any more posts for awhile, it should mean we caught the ship.

Update: Yes, we landed in Orlando (MCO) about 2:00 a.m. local time after a decent flight DEN-MCO and the clock read something after 3:30 a.m. when we finally climbed into bed at our hotel. It's now a little after 9:00 a.m. and we have a shuttle to catch to the cruise port at 10:45 so it'll be a long day, especially for the grandkids, but hopefully boarding the cruise ship will make it all worthwhile.

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