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Discussion: Nephew!

in: Spike; Spike > 2019-01-23

Jan 26, 2019 6:25 PM # 
peggyd:
Wow, making me feel (even) old(er than I already felt)! I remember clearly when Summer was born. We had an awesome road trip in her honor. :-)
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Jan 26, 2019 7:18 PM # 
Nadim:
Okay, I'll bite--what took so long for you to get home from the airport?
Jan 26, 2019 7:34 PM # 
Spike:
The journey home....there was an winter storm with freezing rain followed by snow. The airplane circled for 45 minutes while the runway was cleared after the airport had been closed. We were the second plane to land once they'd cleared the runway and only about 45 minutes late. We arrived around 11:40 p.m. At that point, a little delay but not too bad.

When we landed we got a text from United Airlines saying that our flight from Denver would take off soon and arrive in KC at 2:18 a.m. That was odd - we were, in fact, on the ground in KC when we got the text.

We'd booked a car service to pick us up and take us home. But the driver wasn't there. We waited around a bit, tried contacting the company checked email, text, phone messages. Nothing.

Our speculation was that either the driver was delayed by the bad driving conditions or the driver was expecting us to arrive at 2:18. We kept trying to reach the car service company and tried to figure out what to do.

We tried to get a hotel room (figuring we'd spend the night, then get the car service in the morining). Most hotels were full, the one we found had no transportation, but did have a room.

Transportation wasn't going to happen. We tried Uber a couple of times and it timed out with no driver available. We called for a cab, but they said they had no cabs to dispatch.

There were other folks in the same situation as us - including airline crews who had no way to get to their hotel, couldn't get a cab, and couldn't get an Uber.

Mary figured out that we might be able to rent a car. There were two rental places at the airport still open AND the rental car shuttle was running! We got over there in time to get one of the last couple of cars - a mini van.

We got the mini van at about 3:10 a.m. and Mary drove us home. The roads were a mess and the trip that normally would take just under an hour took about 1:50.

We later found out that the car service decided it was too dangerous to drive (which was a reasonable decision) BUT THEY NEVER TOLD US. You'd think a text/email/voicemail would be appropriate.

It was a long day. It may be why what was a very light cold that started at Yellowstone is now much worse.
Jan 26, 2019 9:23 PM # 
peggyd:
Epic. Thanks for sharing your travel miseries!
Jan 26, 2019 10:17 PM # 
Nadim:
That's a weird one-sorry to hear you had such a hard time with it, just when you were on the home stretch! However your trips to Yellowstone in the winter sound great.
Jan 27, 2019 8:39 PM # 
ebuckley:
At least the airports are no longer staffed by volunteers.
Jan 27, 2019 11:15 PM # 
Nadim:
Great job on the half marathon Eric!

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