As I am typing this I am somewhere over the Pacific Ocean and can see nothing but the bright sun shining through the clouds. Sure, it sounds better than what we left, but there’s no place like home.
We left MN this morning bound for Maui, all I wanted was to get out before the snow hit. Thankfully, we did! It sounds like only by a couple of hours, too. We made it through security, but it did take some patience! Long lines at check in made it possible for us to only grab some bagged snacks at the little magazine shop as we headed for the gate. The plane was overbooked and the guy at the counter was asking for volunteers to stay back and catch the next flight. In exchange, you got a free round trip ticket to anywhere in the USA good for the next 2 years. I thought about it for a split second and then remembered the snow and thought, “no way am I missing vacation for a free ticket!” A couple of poor saps did take the offer and I bet now they wish they hadn’t!
Our plane departed on time and the flight to Phoenix was nothing exciting. My nerves were shaky though before we took off. I’ve only flown 1 other time and it was 5 years ago so…I didn’t know what to expect. I do not like take off. At All!!!!! Landing is much better.
The 3 hour flight went by relatively fast. I got one book read! It was The Notebook and I thought is was a good book overall. It did make me teary eyed which I tried to hide on the plane! I finished the book just in time to see the mountains! Oh, what a glorious sight to behold! They were breathtaking! Snow capped peaks, the valleys, the foothills. I kept saying to Toby, look at that one, look over there! I have never seen the mountains before much less from the sky where the view is amazing. The sun was shining on them so the different colors in the different layers were ever so vibrant. Reds, browns, tans. Who knew they could be so beautiful?! As we descended into Phoenix and the mountains grew larger they grew more magnificent. The trees, the streams and the little cars that wove their way through the twists and turns. It made me wonder what I’m doing living in Minnesota!
uh, oh…not feeling so well typing on the plane….
Here are some pics from our hotel-room view. The cute little blue convertible on the right is our car.
To Be Continued….Aloha!