This spring Kelly came up with the idea to go to Seattle and visit some state and national parks that she had gone to as a kid. A trip in mid-July seemed to work for both of our schedules. It is hard sometimes to find times for vacations since Kelly only gets the summer off and I am most busy during the summer.
We flew out on July 12. Kelly was going to pick me up from work at 3:30 PM for a 5:55 PM flight out of BWI. Around 2:30 PM a massive heavy thunderstorm started. I was still running around trying to tie up loose ends and hadn’t really noticed it. At around 3:20 Kelly called me and said she hadn’t left yet, which meant she wouldn’t be at school by 3:30 for sure. She actually got there closer to 4:30 and it was still really nasty outside. We got to the airport close to 5 PM after hitting traffic due to Artscape road closures.
Luckily once we got to the terminal after a quick bus ride the Southwest line wasn’t too long. As we checked in the computer gave this long and loud chirp to scold us for checking our bags in less than 45 minutes prior to departure. It literally was 5:10 but still it chirped at us. We then got through security again pretty quickly. We immediately went to the gate and found that the plane we were supposed to board hadn’t landed yet which meant it was likely to be delayed, they shortly indicated as much on the departure boards. This thankfully gave us time to get something to eat since we wouldn’t be able to until we landed in Seattle in 6 hours or so.
The flight actually took off at 6:47 PM EDT according to FligthAware and landed at Midway in Chicago at 7:20 CDT. It was a direct flight so we just stayed on the plane while most people got off and waited for the Seattle passengers to get on. We then took off at 8:24 PM CDT and landed in Seattle at 10:36 PDT. Kelly’s mom picked us up at the airport and took us back to her house on Fox Island. We finally got to bed about midnight PDT or 3 AM EDT, which for me meant I had been up about 21 hours straight since I didn’t really sleep on the plane like I usually do. Long day was finally over.