Seattle Series part 1
Getting there is always a challenge. This was my second trip to Seattle. Even though I am from a small rural community there is just something I love about Seattle. The people around me think I am nuts. I was born too late to be a hippie and too early to be a goth. The Airport is over an hour away from home so I always book a room at my favorite hotel, the parking is free as long as you are a guest and they drive you to the airport and pick you up. It doesn’t cost much more than you pay for Airport parking.
We got up and headed to the Hotel and the fun begins. We are on the interstate when suddenly the van in front of me goes through a pot hole which causes a huge chunk of asphalt to launch in the air towards us. It was at least as large as a softball and I could not avoid being hit. First it bounced off my hood then hit the windshield and broke up. Somehow pieces also hit the underside of the vehicle. I did not have time to waste filing a report so we kept on going. I was furious it is a brand new vehicle and that highway has needed repair for years. Miraculously when we arrived and looked over the car there was no visible damage. Next we are being dropped at the Airport and there is a motorcade of bikes. We check our bags and see what we only assume to be a military funeral. As we are clearing security we asked what was going on. There were news crews filming also. They were all there to send off a lot of Veterans to Washington, they call it an honor flight. Now guess whose plane they were on? We get to the gate to find two large rows of wheel chairs. So much for the early bird fee we paid for. Too bad no kids in need of a book report were on board, it was better than Google. Finally we are all buckled in. Believe it or not those guys got seated faster than your usual travelers. Too bad we couldn’t stay seated. The pilot said there was a warning light on and it needed to be checked out so we would be about 15 minutes late. (To be continued…..)