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Flying Adventure

So, I needed to fly to Denver this morning for a recurrent training for deicing. Our flight up was uneventful and my class went well. The return trip not so much. I boarded the airplane to return home, and we took off just fine. During our flight a passenger noticed liquid flowing on the wing of the airplane. He goes up and mentions it to the captain. The captain asks a fellow captain, who was flying in to over night in Alamosa to fly out the next morning, to take a look at the leak. She confirms the leak, but said it wasn’t that bad. Our flight continues on to Alamosa, but a few minutes later we begin a slow circle to return back to Denver. Upon landing back in Denver, we had a fire crew waiting for us. They followed us in as we were taxing back to the gate. Just as a precaution. It was funny the extra crew, a coworker, and myself were all taking pictures of the fire crew. Apparently while all this was going on in the air our Alamosa airport lost power, so even if we didn’t have a fuel leak we most likely would have had to return to Denver anyway.

Do any you have crazy flying stories?

Are Some People Just Never Happy

While working my shift at the airport the other day. My coworker and I were already dealing with a deal on our present flight. We than received a phone call telling us our evening flight was going to be cancelled. When this occurs our morning flight is cancelled as well. We looked up contact information for our passengers for that morning flight. We noticed that one particular gentleman would miss all of his connecting flights if he was re-booked to a  later flight that day. We called him to see if he could possible fly to Denver this particular afternoon and spend the night to catch his connecting flight to his final destination. He comes rushing into our tiny airport and was in a major tizzy. Telling us how major inconvenienced he was going to be by this change.  How he had spent to much money on this trip so far. How he had been arguing with his wife about money. How he didn’t want to pay for his luggage. How his son would have to spend 3 hours by himself while someone came to pick him up from the airport.  He just wasn’t happy about all of this. We kept explaining to him how that if he didn’t fly out today he would miss all of his connecting flights and would have to most likely spend an extra day here in our small town. We gave him vouchers for a hotel in Denver, food vouchers for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. So, I really don’t get what he was complaining about. I don’t know if he is just a planner and one his plans go awry he just gets all bent out of shape. Its people like that make customer service difficult. I mean we try to help the man out but yet he still complained and complained. I guess some people are never happy.

Bobbleheads

Yesterday was a rough travel day. I was flying back from Washington D.C. and we experienced 25 to 30 minutes of non-stop turbulance. The most turbulance I have ever experienced. Have you ever been on an old wooden roller coaster? They tend to shake, rattle and roll you around. That’s how I felt while experiencing the turbulance. Now I dont mind a good roller coaster rise, I just prefer it not happen at 30,000 feet.  My seat was in the last row of the airplane, and as I looked all the passengers reminded me of  bobble heads dancing.  We arrived safely to Denver, where I happened to be meeting some friends and we were going to catch a flight back to Alamosa. However, our flight was canceled at the last minute due to high winds. Even the very last flight of the day was canceled. So we were scrambling to find ways to return home. A one way rental car would have cost us $300 plus fuel. We chose not to go that route. My friends called up our pastor, who drove the four hours to Denver to pick them up.  I chose to spend the night in the airport and take my chances with our little airline today. Since I have been working for our little airport,traveling has become more adventurous.

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?