Monday, October 24, 2011

Providence To East Wenatchee In A Day

We enjoyed a smooth flight on a Dash 8 PVD-IAD. What wasn't so smooth was "deplaning," to use that silly word.

All we had to do was climb down the stairs to the tarmac but it took literally 10-15 minutes before a crew was available to open the door and let us out.

With about a one-hour connection from the time we landed, it was a scramble to catch a people mover and get from the A concourse to the D concourse. We turned down a bump opportunity because UA only had one seat on the next flight five hours later and we had better plans.

It was a fine flight IAD-SEA in Row 2 of an Airbus 319. We both napped for awhile and, despite the delay of UA's weight-and-balance computers sending the seal of approval to the pilot, we landed only a few minutes late.

We picked up our car and drove over to Issaquah to take grandkids Avery, Peyton, and Lily, along with Mom Dana, to dinner at their favorite Mexican restaurant (their daddy is having fun in Las Vegas). We jumped back into the car to make the quick two-hour drive to East Wenatchee for a visit with grandkids Blane and Riley and Mom Kim (their daddy is out of town too) and ran smack into a construction project on I-90, which merges two lanes down to one just after the summit. Our GPS confirmed that we lost more than an hour as we crawled along in stop-and-start traffic for, well, an hour or more.

We eventually arrived, said a quick hi to Kim and headed for bed around 1:00 Eastern Time. We slept hard, and Brian has now found the coffee so the morning is looking brighter and we should have enough energy to try to keep up with Riley and Blane.

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