What a busy show season we had this year! Haven’t had a chance to put things on the blog.
We made a pact that if Kari earned her Bronze Medal and I earned my Silver Medal that we would all (including Ed) go to the USDF convention to receive them! Not only did we accomplish that, we have several more awards to pick up. Apocalyptic CLL and I won the year end Purebred Arabian Training Level, Kari and Sofine Strait Man won the Purebred Arabian First and Second Level and Exkwizitt and I got 2nd in the Purebred First Level. Safarr and I came in 2nd in the Arabian Fourth Level! There’s a Vintage Cup award (for riders over 50 yrs old). I won the Training, First and Second Level in the Arabian division!!
Well, after trying to get to the convention in Lexington, KY, I think winning the awards was the easy part. We left yesterday morning about 4:15 am. Tickets were all fine but TSA only had 2 check points open at 5 am at MSP. We barely made our 6:20 flight. Then we started to taxi and it felt like our sharp left was going to be a u turn. It felt like we went in circles for 20 minutes when the captain came on and said they were having engine trouble. They stopped, restarted an engine and said we were good to go. We took off. Later the pilot came on and said we would arrive on time, which was good, we only had an hour between flights in Chicago, but really, did he find a short cut?
We arrived in Chicago and went right away to look for the gate number for our connecting flight. It was CANCELLED! We were directed to “rebooking” phones. I picked it up, was told via a recording that it was a 40 minute wait. If I wanted them to call back, press 1. There was NO KEYPAD, therefore no number 1 to press. While I stood on hold, Kari got on her cell looking for alternate places to call. Then she stood on hold while I looked on my cell. Then I went around the corner from our phone and saw a screen with a number. Called that, wait time 1 hr 20 minutes. I did get to press 1 for a call back. (And they did call back in an hour and twenty).
Kari finally got a live person. First option flight out next am 9:10. Next options fly to Charlotte, NC. Only flight that could take us out of there was at 6:20 (it was now 10 am) but we took it. We got a flight out of Chicago at 11:15. We had a 15 minute hike to the terminal and managed only enough time to get a bite to eat from McDs because our plane was 20 minutes late due to a tire needing changing.
Arrived in Charlotte about 2:30 and found out our 6:20 flight to Lexington was cancelled. Good thing we got off the plane and headed right over to the next gate, a 10 minute walk with the moving sidewalks. There was a flight out at 4:06 but it only had 3 seats (we aren’t even on the same airline we started out the day with). Since we were all booked as a group of 4, the gal had to separate us and try to get 3 of us in and one on stand by. Otherwise the next flight out was 10:46 and with the light to moderate rain in Lexington that could get cancelled too. We said to go for it. When the dust was settled and her typing done we got all of us on the plane and Ed and I rode 1st class. Of course, that was providing they let the plane leave.
We did take off. It was an hour or so flight and about that far in the captain came on and said we had been going around for 20 minutes or so waiting for clearance to land. If we didn’t get it soon we would be headed back to Charlotte or go to Cincinnati. After about 5 minutes he said we could land! We got off the plane about 6 pm ET. Our original flight was to land at 11:25.
We were sooooooo happy to be in our rooms at the hotel and get to eat. Not one of the flights even had a bag of nuts or cookies. And we spent so much time standing in line and on hold the McDs meal was all we had time for. Hopefully the rest of the trip goes smoother and everything goes better for everyone at home taking care of the animals.