Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tails of the Vacation ---the flight.

va·ca·tion [vey-key-shuhn]
  1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
  2. a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
  3. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
  4. an act or instance of vacating.

So our vacation started with our flights. The kids were so excited all week that they were going to fly on a plane.  This was going to be the first time we would fly as a family of 5.  I can not remember the last time we flew all together as an entire family.  Here is a picture of the kids standing at the security check point in SLC.

We had a delay leaving SLC to DIA.  But no worries we had a 2 hour layover so that was okay with us.  We get to DIA, I camp out with our stuff and Robert takes the kids to ride the train and entertain the kids while we were in DIA.  Our flight out of DIA was delayed as well making our flight land in ATL past midnight.  Oh well what are we to do? Robert brought me dinner, it was surprisingly good.

We made the best of the situation. We even found a great family that shared their dvd player to entertain the kids while waiting for the plane. 

We finally make it to ATL at 1:30 in the morning and as soon as we land they maked an announcement "we will have a representative talk to you about how to get your baggage."  Robert and I look at each other and say "this is not a good sign"
 So we arrived in Concourse D.  We were told we would have to WALK to gather our baggage in the main Terminal.  The train was not running and the shuttle service was no longer running due to arriving in Atlanta so late.  Here is a map to show you the location of where we were to where we had to walk.

As we were departing the plane a representative from the airport looked at us and said.."Oh...if you see a wheelchair on your way you can grab it so the kids can just sit, or you are not going to make it to baggage claim."  So  we were lucky to find a wheelchair two gates down.
Waiting for the train to take us to the rental car area in Atlanta.

We hoofed it all the way to baggage claim, made it to the rental car area and made it to the hotel by 4 a.m.   Needless to say it was an adventrue trying to make it to Atlanta.  But we DID IT!!!  Crazy but we made it!

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