The (long) return home

After all of the excitement of the wedding and vacation, on Wednesday we were ready to head home. Our flight out was to leave at around 1:30pm, so at 11:00 we left Charlevoix and drove an hour south to Traverse City (the nearest airport.) Everything seemed fine. Little did we know that this would be one of the longest trips from Michigan to California ever.

When we got to Traverse City, we checked in and everything looked ok – the flight status said “on time” and we went and had a quick lunch before heading to the gate. That’s when it all went to hell in a handbasket. To make a long story short, there was a huge thunderstorm in Detroit (which we were connecting through.) The plane to take us to Detroit was, in fact, still stuck there. It was due to take off “any minute now.” That was the line we were told for hours, and hours, and hours. About 4 hours in, I called Northwest and – on the chance we might need them – put tickets on hold for flights out the next day (Thursday.) After another hour and a half of waiting, it was clear there was no way we were going to make it to SFO even if we did get to Detroit. So, we bailed – I had the airport pull our luggage, confirmed the flight the next morning, and booked a nearby hotel. (Of course, all of that took another couple hours to finish given that quite a few travelers were in our same situation.)

The boys were amazing through all of this, but toward the end really started to lose it. Finally, as we waited to be able to pick up our rental car (again), everyone passed out outside of baggage claim:

Thankfully, the story ends well. We spent the night at the Hampton Inn, and caught a 7:45am flight through Minneapolis to San Francisco. The flights were completely full, but the boys did amazingly well (again!) and everyone was thrilled to be back home and in their own bed. All in all, it was a great trip… though we’ll definitely be thinking twice about any long flights with the boys until they’re quite a bit older!

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~ by Nathan on June 30, 2007.

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