Trek Women
January 9, 2008

Priceless...

Coloring_with_paddy Pea-soup-thick fog shuts down Madison, WI airport: 3 days

Canceled: 5 flights

Communications with Northwest Airlines: 8 calls, 3 counter reps

Car rental, Madison airport: 3 days

Time it took for Northwest to agree to fly me out of Chicago instead of foggy Madison: 3 days

Alamo quoted charge to do a non-authorized car return in Chicago: 600 dollars (no way!)

Bus ride to Chicago after returning rental car and missing 10 am flight home from O’Hare airport: 3 hours

Approximately how much more a Venti Starbucks costs at O’Hare: 40 cents

Lost then found: 1 suitcase

Gummy bears consumed: many

Getting waylaid in Wisconsin: priceless

I’ve been away for 14 days -- 3 more than I planned to thanks to some global warming-induced Wisconsin weather. And except for running out of clean socks, I sincerely apologize for the smell, it was worth it in the end.

When I learned that I wasn’t getting out as scheduled, I rented a car and drove South to stay with Becky, Steve and the Paddy-monster. The next day, I had a lovely lunch with my Mom. Then, drove back to Madison and spent the night with Steve’s parents, Pat and Phil, who didn’t mind that I conked out at 9 pm after devouring a big bowl of Pat’s delicious homemade potato and corn chowder.

As cranky as I can get when things go wrong, I never forget how lucky I am to have the health, the means and the time to travel. A few days delay was a small price to pay for having that unexpected time with family. I think it’s a priceless gift.

My thanks also to Russ and Wayne for doing a late night run to pick me up at BWI. I arrived home safe and sound at midnight. Currently, I am wearing clean socks.

Comments

That was a lessen in patience for you. Looks like you handled it with much grace. Now you can get some rest.
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Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Jan 10, 2008 10:02:00 AM

Ugh--what a nightmare. That fog was awful, probably worse visability than a full on snowstorm. Glad you made it back!

Posted by: Rebecca | Jan 10, 2008 10:42:07 AM

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