Back from my trip Down East...a relaxing and enjoyable four days at my stepfather's farmhouse in rural Maine.
My flight home was cancelled. It had nothing to do with the weather; United couldn't get its plane in the air in Chicago. (They originally wanted to reroute me through the Carolinas. Seriously. I would have arrived in Durham at about the same time as Irene.) I had to extemporize with a bus trip to Boston, a night in a hotel, and two more flights through a different city than originally planned, Detroit, arriving home just a couple of hours ago.
Make the best of what you get
Funny thing, though. I really couldn't have planned it to be any nicer if I'd done it on purpose. I sat next to a delightful conversationalist named Penny on the bus to Beantown, who was on her way from her seaside house on Penobscot Bay to her daughter's wedding in Minneapolis. We chatted away the hours and the trip went by quickly. Then the airline put me up at a wonderful hotel, the Hyatt Harborside, where I had a really outstanding dinner—again subsidized by the wayward UA—and a dramatic tenth-floor view of Boston Harbor. At Delta, very early this morning, I breezed through security. I was even able to find a seat with an outlet so I could give my iPad its first recharge of the entire week. (I had internet in Maine, but no email.)
And who knew, but the Detroit Airport is lovely—beautiful morning light and a most excellent bagel and Nova smoked salmon. I kept seeing pictures all over the place. I wish I'd been working.
Milwaukee ("Sir, that device has a battery! You'll have to turn it off!")
It was a completely busted plan but all the travel arrangements last night and today worked exactly as they were supposed to, smooth as silk. I actually ended up having a most enjoyable little mini-vacation at the end of my trip.
Right now, however, I'm bushed—a wake-up call of 4:15 will do that to you after a late-ish night. At least at my age. So I'm off for a short nap with my also-tired-out doggie by my bedside. More anon.
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