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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Please bear with me.
Addition as of 29 Aug 14
Sunday, August 10, 2014
A little behind schedule we are!
Because of yesterday's troubles, we have spent the largest part of the day in Denver.
After breakfast in the nice hotel Joseph found us, we took shuttle back out to airport: checked on our bags (told that they left on first aircraft to Seattle this morning) and bought express bus tickets to downtown Denver.
From Union Station we walked over to Coors' Field hoping to get into the National Museum of Ball Parks. Evidentially Billy Bib had other plans for Sunday morning and he never opened the door.
With time on our hands, we made our way to 16th Street where the city has blocked it off to function as a mall. Nice area, real nice! There were bicycle guys performing ramp tricks that we watched for a while before moving on.
Feeling the grumbles, we started looking for a place to eat. We found the Blake Street Vault and had a great meal, great craft beer and was waited on by a nice young lady from San Antonio, TX.
Time running out, we headed back to the airport and prepared to get outta Denver.
For some reason, I have been designated as TSA PRECHECK and get expedited security screening (I do not have to take off shoes or belt. I do not have to declare liquids either. I just put my bag on the rack and my cell phone (laptop or iPad) on top of it and walk through the RADAR.
Well, it has not worked either security screening time this trip, I don't care what they say; I know my shoulder replacements are setting off the RADAR. I then have to do everything I shouldn't plus some.
Net result: I have had to be completely patted down in both Dallas and Denver. There I stand needing help and my companions are halfway across the airport.
Maybe it will be better at SeaTac coming back!
Still a lot of day left yet. After we get to Seattle we are driving north to Bellingham, WA and then to Vancouver tomorrow.
When I started this post, we were just leaving Denver. We are now in Phoenix with a two hour layover before we start once more for Seattle.
Please hold your breath!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Flying Southwest is not always the most direct; we were scheduled through Kansas City and Denver to Seattle. The KC leg came off with no hitches - not so with our approach to Denver.
The Denver airport experienced big weather while we were in route - winds in excess of 100 MPH. First we stayed aloft in a holding pattern for 30 - 45 minutes and were told we could land. BUT, before that could happen we were diverted to Pueblo to take on fuel and to wait the reopening of the Denver airport.
We were on tarmac in Pueblo for over three hours; so long that the plane ran out of hand washing water for the laboratories.
Eventually, we got the call and rushed to Denver. While in route, I received an email announcing the cancellation of our Seattle leg. The only thing worse than this news was the pilot's landing in Denver. I don't know who fixes runway divots but he has his work cut out for him now.
SLAM! We were finally in Denver - no luggage which equates to no clean underwear for the next leg of our trip.
I now realize as I will be wearing Saturday's clothes on Sunday, I over packed by one day's worth as a result of our unfortunate track. This isn't the first time I have been in this situation - twelve years in the Army offered numerous opportunities.
Joseph got ahold of Southwest and managed to get us on a flight that takes us south to Phoenix first and finally turns us nnnnorth to Seattle - finally. This route was all that was available without waiting another day in Denver. We will miss our scheduled Mariners' game SUNDAY afternoon but they start a new series with Toronto Monday so we will figure something out.
Joseph also got ahold of his company's travel help and found us a hotel near the airport. We made it there and found some supper nearby.
I am finishing up the day wearing my oversized index finger out here on my phone screen pecking out this entry before closing down for the evening.
More info tomorrow.
Our quest is sometime hindered by scheduling problems. For instance, this summer we are adding only one park; the Seattle Mariners. We are OK with only one given that it will take us some time to complete the total round trip.
The "we" are my son, Joseph P Hatfield, my grandson, Dilin Hatfield, and myself.
We have tickets for tomorrow afternoon's game and by luck the Vancouver Canadians (a minor league team) are in their home park for a few games and Joe has secured tickets for one of their games also.
We are stoked and can't wait!