We’ve been planning our long road trip for weeks and were very excited to embark on it. The shopping for clothes seemed to be a daily activity. It was fun to think about what we’d wear in each location and scene. We made lists in Evernote and checked them off. We had our route roughly mapped out, and had researched and shared many ideas on things to do and see.
When I awoke this morning, I had to fold my laundry and finish packing. We left for the airport at 09:30, as planned. We unloaded the bags onto the sidewalk and I parked the car. When I got to the ticketing area the girls had already prepared and affixed luggage tags to each bag. We got our boarding passes, checked two bags, and headed to the security checkpoint. There was no line, which was nice. We got through without much hassle; Skye and Hayley each had a bottle of liquid that exceeded the allowable limit.
I gave each of the girls some spending money for the trip, and they proceeded to get a few snacks from the newsstand nearest our departure gate. Jenna got a postcard to send her teacher.
The flight from Portland to Chicago was uneventful. We were in a CRJ-700, which has two seats on either side of the aisle. We got all of row 22. Skye and I sat on one side, and Jenna and Hayley on the other.
We had a three hour layover in Chicago, so we bought personal deep dish pizzas and waited for our plane. The leg to Denver had us on a 737-900, but none of us were sitting together on the full flight. Fortunately, I was able to switch with the guy assigned to sit in the aisle next to Skye for my aisle seat, so Skye and I sat together. When we neared Colorado we were put into a holding pattern due to weather at the destination. After doing that for a while we were diverted to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to get fuel. The runway seemed barely long enough for our plane, as the pilot was hard on the brakes and turned off just before running out of runway. I struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me across the aisle, who was visiting from Germany. Skye watched a free movie on the United Airlines iPhone app. People stood and talked and used the lavatory. We were probably there only forty or so minutes before departing again for Denver.
We got our checked bags and headed to the rental car bus. Enterprise gave us a premium full-size SUV: a 2016 Ford Expedition. It’s pretty sweet. We’ll be very comfortable on our drive.
It was late by the time we got our rental car: nearly 21:00. I thought that was too late to show up at the Claytons, especially since we’d be leaving early the following morning, so I let Jodi know and made a reservation west of Denver at the Days Inn. Jenna went to bed and Skye and Hayley and I went to find a Wal-Mart so we could get a cooler, pillows, and blankets.
It was a fun day. I’m super stoked to have this time with the girls and experience myriad and diverse adventures with them.