A Vacation Mindset Only Lasts So Long...

Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 11, 2010

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At the 'N' Terminal for Far Too Long

Flag of United States  , Washington
Thursday, June 24, 2010

OK, so we got all of our stuff packed up on Thursday afternoon, got the alarm set, appliances turned off, blah, blah, blah.   Any little thing that went wrong that afternoon, was like a bead of water rolling off a duck's tail; we were on vacation!   When the huge black suburban rolled up to the house looking like Secret Service, we were stoked.  Traveling with five passengers has its drawbacks, but apparently can have perks too-- in the form of new leather, tinted windows, and soft classical music. We were unusually upbeat on the way to the airport as we faced rush hour I-5 traffic in the hot sun.  Thinking ourselves wise, we had allowed ample  time.  Even though our driver was a stress-case, we were happy and carefree.  We got the airport with a generous two hours before our 8 PM flight was due to leave.   We laughed and joked as we walked up to the check-in line, oblivous to the assortment of worried, frustrated, and downright furious facial expressions milling around us.   Five hours later, however we were among them  Our cheerful banter had evaporated, as we had missed our connecting flight to Syndey long ago.  After numerous restrictions by the FAA, we were finally granted clearance to take off and head for the foggy, windy, rainy, Fortress of Torture otherwise known as the San Francisco Aiport.   But since we arrived there after midnight, that is a story for another day.  
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Sharon McCarter on

Wow, Kerry! I am so sorry you had such a difficult departure! This must have been a real test of the abilities to stay positive (or at least not negative) by the whole family. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what has happened next in your travels and hope you will post something soon. All of you are in our thoughts (and prayers)!

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