Cross Country Train travel blog


Today we fly home. I think we're both ready. Vacation was wonderful, but it was time.

We got up, packed everything trying to make sure both suitcases were within the weight limit, and went downstairs to check out. On the recommendation of the hotel folks, we called for an Uber to get to the airport. The ride took about 30 minutes, and we were in the terminal with plenty of time. We checked in, checked our bags and went through TSA. Not real crowded, and everything went smoothly. Cheryl was flagged for additional screening (I guess it was her shifty eyes) but that was not a big deal. We then went looking for breakfast. In the terminal was a food court with a definite international flair. After breakfast, we found our gate and settled down to wait for our flight. Cheryl decided to walk around (we were going to be sitting for about five and a half hours). While she was away, they decided to change our boarding gate. When she got back, we moved to the end of the terminal where our new gate was.

Our flight was delayed due to an investigation into water leaking in the bathroom. We took off about 45 minutes late and had an uneventful flight with just a little turbulence. We landed about half an hour late. We had arranged it so that we were arriving close to the same time our friends were arriving from Los Angeles. Much easier on my brother picking us up. We got our bags and were soon on the way home. Very uneventful return, which is what I like.

Looking back on the trip, we managed to see 23 of the 37 sites we had identified. Not bad. We added one site on the spur of the moment (Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy). We saw homes or museums of 6 different presidents, visited 2 halls of fame, 3 memorials, and sites with planes, trains and automobiles. All in all, a wonderful trip, but nice to get home.



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