Good morning from Salt Lake City! I am here, excitedly getting ready for my first day of classes at Handi Quilter Academy. This is one of my favorite teaching experiences and one I make sure not to miss! This year, however, Delta was trying to make me to miss my first day of classes.
I scheduled my flights and was ready to go.
2:30 am wake up
3:30 am leave the house
4:30 am park car
4:45 am check in at airport
6:00 am fly from NY to Atlanta
8:30 am land in Atlanta
10:30 am fly from Atlanta to Salt Lake City
1:00 pm arrive in Salt Lake City
I didn't like the 2:30 am wake up, but it was a plan... until Delta cancelled my flight and rescheduled it for 24 hours later. I wouldn't get to my first day of classes (starting at 9:00 am) until about 2-3pm. NOT GOOD!
I spent an hour or two on the phone and convinced Delta to try harder to get me there on the right day. Here's what we came up with:
7:00 am wake up, work, clean, pack
10:30 am leave house
11:00 am arrive at a different, closer airport
1:00 pm fly from NY to Detroit
3:00 - 7:15 pm wander around Detroit airport
9:00 pm arrive in Salt Lake City
Plan B wasn't ideal, but it at least got me there on the right day. It also avoided the dreaded 2:30 wake up and had me flying from a closer airport.
Plan B went badly from the start. The traffic on the interstate was standing still. I am so grateful that I was already across the bridge when that happened. In NY we live and die by our bridges. I was able to get off the highway and wander around until I got to the airport. I was a little later than I wanted to be but still in plenty of time. I soon discovered that my flight was delayed due to a mechanical problem back in Detroit. So I sat. And waited. And waited some more.
Eventually, plan C kicked in and the plane took off. I had a row to myself:
I had a great nap for the first part of that flight!
My over-six-hour layover was now about 3 hours. I had enough time for a nice dinner at P. F. Changs. Honey Walnut Shrimp. Mmmmmmmmm. The restaurant even tried to encourage me by letting me know that I'd get to Handi Quilter Academy on time:
Strengthened by my good fortune, I wandered around the airport. Detroit airport is getting more fun. Evidence:
There also may have been a cookie involved, but all evidence is lost.
What my fortune didn't tell me was that I'd get a first class upgrade for my next flight. Comfy seat! WooHoo!!! I read a book and made some notes for an upcoming project, all from my lovely first class seat.
Salt Lake City welcomed me with a sunset over the lake:
Delta continued their awesome Plan C by delivering all of my luggage:
In summary: I had a little travel stress for about 24 hours, but once the first flight took off I had an EXCELLENT trip. Why didn't I plan it this way in the first place???