June 13, 2012

Lost luggage bane of trip

I have just returned from 10 days in Colorado, relaxing and busy all at the same time, high-school graduations being the highlight.

Grandson Jesse Baker and granddaughter Maylea Young both excelled at CIVA Charter School, earning awards for best attendance and being the top students in mathematics, science and social studies. They were also part of a three-student video team to win the school $10,000, second place in the state.

Traveling to Colorado with me were granddaughter Kayla Estes, great-granddaughter Gabrielle Estes and granddaughter Kaitlyn Gardner, 13, who, on her first flight, was a little nervous but quickly relaxed.

We also enjoyed a long weekend at a lodge near the Continental Divide, walking the Garden of the Gods, seeing a college-theater presentation of “Hairspray” and eating great food.

Kayla and Gabby stayed for a longer visit. Katie and I got up at 5:30 a.m. June 2. Our daughter Carrie Lee drove us one hour north to Denver International Airport to depart at 9 a.m.

Moving away from the terminal, the captain announced a red light showed engine problems, but not to worry, in an hour we’d be in flight and could make our connections. He shouldn’t have been so sure of himself. On arrival in Atlanta, we checked the monitor, and our flight had left eight minutes before we got there.

The Delta service-desk employee said, “You can stay overnight in Atlanta, all expenses paid … No, wait, they have you re-booked on a flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul at Gate A1, and it’s leaving shortly, so get down there right now!”

Remembering we were at Gate A32, we hastened to the new gate, only to be told that the flight doesn’t leave for an hour. We sank into uncomfortable chairs, tired and just wanting to be in Albany. Soon we boarded and were upgraded to “plus seats,” probably to appease our grumbly looks.

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