After weeks of driving - flying home is a surreal experience - Tuesday, December 8
Our days in Parkland were a blur of activity, much of which involved finding a place to store the motorhome and then getting it ready for a few months of inactivity. We found a great place at a great price only a couple of miles from the McCright's home, and we took our baby there and said a tearful 'goodbye' on Monday, leaving her all spiffy and clean for the months ahead.
Seeing our kids and grandkids was wonderful, and it makes us wish we had the ability to be in several places at once. While the lure of travel is powerful, missing our family and friends is the downside, and a serious downside at that.
Tuesday morning Viki took us to the Ft. Lauderdale airport and dropped us off. The weather was balmy and clear, and it wasn't until we got inside that we saw on TV that everywhere we were going was socked in with a huge winter storm. Our route on Southwest took us from Florida to Chicago, then to Denver before going on to San Francisco. The reports said to expect lots of delays and problems and it looked like it was shaping up to be a very long day.
We took off on time, however and landed in Chicago 20 minutes early. There was snow on the ground, but nothing serious, and the temperature was a frigid 3 degrees. We got off late due to a crew change, but had a non-eventful flight to Denver where we had one of the smoothest landings ever made in Denver. In Denver the temp was zero or below, and everything looked frozen solid.
A good take off and two hours later we were in SFO a little less than an hour late. We caught the bus for Sonoma County and our friend Carl picked us up and drove us home. The weather is cold here too, but mild compared to Chicago and Denver. Our home looked great after nearly nine months, and we now look forward to seeing everyone we've been missing! To those of you who have traveled with us, thanks so much for the company and we look forward to you're joining us in the spring when we take off for Indianapolis and the big 500 race. Look for our next trip journal 2010east2west. 'Til then, goodbye and God bless you.