Welcome to the third edition of Travel Week. This is going to be a shorter entry, as my work week was shorter than usual. Early on Sunday morning, I left my house at 05:30 to catch the 08:00 flight from Salt Lake City to Denver. This got me to Denver with plenty of time to kill before my 13:40 check-in. My assignment for my two-day trip was to fly from DEN to BOI to MDW and finally I was to end up at CVG. I was looking forward to this since I’ve never flown into Cincinnati. Day two was supposed to work two legs back to Denver.
Low and behold my first leg to Boise had been canceled. They still had me scheduled, however, to fly the rest out of Boise. The only problem: I’m in Denver, not Boise. Sure enough, they fixed my schedule. Instead of working two two-day trips back to back, they changed it into a three-day trip.
Sunday: DEN > GRR
Other than a slight delay, we landed in Grand Rapids without any incident.
Monday: GRR > RIC > BWI > DEN
With all of the delays and reroutes happening this week, I probably had a change to my assignment at least five times. When I woke up, the plan was to go GRR > BWI > MCO > PHL. Coworkers tell me that you should never make plans because once you do, the scheduling gods know, and they end up changing your trip. It’s like a Murphy’s Law thing. I jinxed our day because I was excited to take two of my crew members to get cheesecakes in Philly.
About forty minutes into the flight, we were rerouted to Richmond, Virginia. The result was 141 upset passengers. It would have been good to be finished there for the night, but an hour-and-a-half later we were on our way to BWI. I had to remind the passenger, several times, that we always try our best to be on time, but safety is our biggest concern. When we finally landed in Baltimore, I walked from the ‘C’ terminal to the ‘B’, just in time to work the last leg back to Denver- which was the latest change to my assignment.
Both of the crews that I worked with on this two-day trip were just amazing. We had so much fun laughing and joking around with each other. It almost made it worth working a late shift (not quite, but almost). I got back to the crashpad at about 02:30 and was fast asleep about fifteen minutes later.
Tuesday: DEN > FLL
Another change! When I left the crashpad, the assignment was to work two legs to San Jose, California. Instead- I was to work one leg to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I was scrolling through my pictures and the it appears that the last time I was as the beach was back in January. This 18+ hour overnight on the beach was just what my soul needed!
I stayed at B Ocean Resort like last time. This is located right on the water. The only thing that I don’t like is the fact that the food there is so expensive! I know this is a vacation town thing, but still. Paying thirteen dollars for a waffle on Wednesday morning was a bit much. Not waffles (plural), mind you- one waffle.
After eating, I hit the beach. The hotel has a private beach area where those staying can use one of their beach chairs for free. If you want to fork out some cash, you can upgrade to one that is covered with a shade. I sat in the sun for about five minutes before deciding it was time to swim in the ocean.
We didn’t even have to head back to the airport until 18:30, so I had almost a full day of relaxation and enjoyment. I only headed back inside when I was starting to turn pink. I didn’t want to get a sunburn like I always do.
Wednesday: FLL > BNA > DEN
Wednesday’s work day was very easy, as we only had to work the first of the two legs. The second was just a deadhead back to Denver. It was great to see my friend and coworker Linda, who happened to be working that flight.
Now that I’ve had the mental reset from some beach time, life is good again. Not that life wasn’t good before, but this particular beach visit was just such a welcomed surprise!