Seattle, WA (WTAP)-- Thursday—The Long Travel Day
This is my personal blog entry and not a news story. As such, it does not represent the opinion of the station, my family nor anyone but me.
One of the hardest things about these trips is the long travel day at the beginning and end of the trip. It’s not the fault of the travel company… it’s just the nature of the beast. If you’re flying, and you don’t happen to live in or near a city with a hub, you’re spending a good portion of your day traveling to the airport early enough to check in, go through security and then jump to a hub and go through it again. Since we live in the MOV, it’s about a 3 hour trip to Pittsburgh or Columbus to pick up a major carrier.
We have collected a number of fellow travelers along the way, from the MOV to begin with…. From the Au Clare, Wisconsin area, and even more who have joined us in Seattle, having flown in on other flights or earlier in the day or week. All total, we will have 30 people on this trip, which is a good thing. We will have lots of new faces to meet, and be small enough to move quickly on and off the motor coach to see the sights.
Our flight from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis was uneventful, except that there are storms in the landing area. The flight came in quickly, and landed before the heavy rain and thunder began. We were moving from one terminal wing to another when we started seeing the flash of lightning reflected in the skylights, and sometimes a roll of thunder. And the bank of windows showed a very dark, very low cloud hugging the horizon as the front rolled in. As a result, our departing flight was delayed about two hours, but that also allowed us time to stop at a very nice restaurant for a large sandwich and fries.
It’s interesting seeing the “personality” of each airport. I don’t recall spending much time in the Minneapolis’ terminal before, but I walk away with the impression it is pretty upscale, well maintained, and sprawling. The difference with Seattle’s terminal is striking.
As we drove north on I-5 into downtown Seattle, the view of downtown is impressive, and your eye picks out the space needle very quickly. We’re in the Crown Plaza downtown, with rooms as high as the 25th floor. Our room has a nice view and you can just make out the space needle between two other buildings. We will be visiting it tomorrow, Friday, as well as Chully Glass which is next door.
Someone watching my Facebook live reports gave me some tips and suggested that I not stress that we are in good spirits, as it implies that the trip is ordeal. If I’ve given that impression, I apologize. Our tour director Margo has managed us well, and there has been little stress In this busy day. I’m just extraordinarily tired because I didn’t sleep the night before, and the long hours seem worse to a tired mind.
After a good night’s sleep, we’ll be well rested and ready to embrace what Seattle has to offer.