September 25, 2023


sights and trips

Airport travel–the new frontier

I consider we have all heard horror stories about air vacation these times, and sometimes you win, and occasionally you lose.  Our Arkansas gardener travelers experienced a mixed bag this journey.  


On the way up to Maine, an early (7 am departure) had us at the airport at 5 a.m. with some leaving their residences as early as 1:30 a.m. (we have tourists from all around the condition on our outings).  We had a slight delay which minimize our relationship in Charlotte quick (44 minutes).  We landed at the farthest conclude of A terminal and departed at the farthest conclude of E terminal–a 35-minute jog.  We all designed it and we smugly rolled into Maine on a high.  Two of our other tourists who did their own air were not as lucky and ended up arriving in Bar Harbor at 1 a.m.  We ended up satisfied that was not us. . . 

Speedy ahead to Friday.  Our scheduled departure of 4 pm from Portland kept receiving delayed, delayed and delayed.


 We have been a little bit worried about our connection in Charlotte but the airline representative in Portland arrived and reported: Minor Rock group, you should not get worried, they will maintain the connection.  Again, we had been happy.  

We eventually took off and arrived in Charlotte about 10 pm but our link there obtained delayed some much more.  We also improved terminals 4 occasions.  During a person of those adjustments, some other tourists did not listen and place a wheelchair on a single of the rolling people today movers and caused a log jam with some of our vacationers about to collide.  Luckily, Mike pushed the prevent button and we survived with a few hurt toes only–it could have been substantially even worse. 

At midnight, we at last boarded our plane and we had been delighted that home was just a quick distance away, or so we considered.  After sitting down on the airplane for an hour with a computer system glitch that essential fixing, our pilot timed out and we experienced to unload for a cancelled flight. It was now 1 a.m.  I experienced absolutely everyone sit though I started off the arduous job of getting 32 vacationers rebooked on a different flight.  We also termed close to wanting for lodging, but needing 20 rooms there wasn’t everything to choose from, and all the vouchers for the evening had been already absent from the airways.  We received to spend the evening in chairs, freezing in the airport. We also got foods vouchers, but 50 % worked, and 50 percent did not.   I received us all on a flight at 8:50 p.m. later on that night, but we even now essential boarding passes and someplace to sleep. I was told to arrive again at 6 a.m. for boarding passes, and 10 for lodge vouchers.  I bought both equally attained by 9:30.  Several of us also observed the new moment suites, tiny rooms (Shoeboxes as Clay calls them)


to sleep in by the hour, and charged by the hour.  12 of us slept for numerous hrs in these.  I acquired the rest of us vouchers at the Airport Sheraton exactly where they slept and showered.  We all reconvened at 6 p.m. Our gate did not improve this time, but our flight did get delayed, 1st by 10 minutes, then an hour. Our airplane ultimately arrived. 


We were now waiting on pilots, then flight crews.  We eventually got both of those and took off at 10:30 p.m. with an arrival in LR at 11 pm central time.  We arrived on time, but then waited 20 minutes for staff to meet the aircraft to direct it in.  Then we waited even lengthier for our baggage.


All whole, we were at the airport for a strong hour immediately after we landed.  I obtained residence at 12:30 a.m. and in mattress a little bit before 1, but I was home and in my individual bed.   We experienced a number of solo flyers who created it with no troubles.  

In spite of the challenges, we all have a slew of new tales to tell, and we are all comrades in arms.  I also want to thank all our travelers for conference this adversity with grace and humor–no 1 was pleased with the scenario, but everybody produced the best of it, and assisted just about every other out.  That is why I enjoy touring with Arkansas gardeners!  if you need to have any tips about the Charlotte airport, just talk to. We are all intimately acquainted with every single inch of it, mainly because we walked it numerous situations in excess of.  

If you are preparing a flight in the in close proximity to long term, a term of tips.  Give yourselves a great deal of time, choose a excellent e book to examine, carry a adjust of apparel, any medicines you may possibly need to have and a ton of patience.  In spite of it all, we experienced a wonderful excursion.