Best Laid Plans….

Well, our vacation week has started off with a bang. We have been planning a trip to meet up with one of my long time friends and his family in Las Vegas. The planning of the trip went smoothly. However the actual journey has not been as smooth.

Since I work for our local airline one of the perks is free or discounted travel for myself and immediate family. The only negative to these perks is that we have to fly stand by. We only get on a flight if there is space available. I was able to list ourselves on all the Frontier flights from Denver to Las Vegas.  My wife and daughters were up early and I never went to sleep because I worked a light night shift, and I had to pack and than be at the airport to work our early morning flights. My wife and daughters flew to Denver on our first flight of the day. After working I hopped onto the next flight. That way we could all get on our Las Vegas flight together. Easy right. Not so much. My flight was delayed almost an hour and all of the Frontier flights where full. I totally felt like a we were about to have Griswald family vacation. Where nothing goes right. However, as a back up plan I had listed us on a Great Lakes flight to Las Vegas. My wife ran to the gate to check in and was waiting to see if she and the girls were going to get on. When I arrived there was only two seats available. We decided to each take a girl and I kissed my wife and 5 year old goodbye and they hopped on the flight to Las Vegas. Their luggage made it just fine on that Frontier flight and was waiting for them when they arrived.

Cate and I were able to catch a 12:15pm flight to Page, AZ. Check out a Birds Eye View for the breathing taking views from our flight. However, we needed to spend the night here because there is only one Great Lakes flight to Las Vegas per day. My wife, always prepared, packed extra outfits for the girls just in case we got seperated from our luggage. However, in the hustle of exchanging children I never grabbed the clothes for Cate. Once we arrived in Page, which is just simply georgeous, we rented a car and began to explore the area. First we went to Walmart to buy an outfit for Cate, than we went on a little hike in the Glen Canyon Recreation area (pics to follow later), and finally found a hotel for the night.

We may not be able to get to our destinations quickly or even all together.  But we make the best out of every situation that arises,and we are creating memories as a family.

What are some of your family vacation memories?