Last week my wife and I went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
We flew there of course, but encountered the dreaded problem of
The plane we were scheduled to be on had a mechanical problem so it couldn’t fly.
While waiting in line to get out onto another flight we heard all sorts of people complaining. While I didn’t want to be rude and tell them off there, I can do that on my blog.
“Why do we have to wait in line at the lobby instead of at the gate to be put on a new flight? I don’t want to have to go through security again.”
Perhaps you missed the announcement where they answered this question, we’re waiting in the lobby because another plane is going to be using the gate we were at in a few minutes. If they spent the whole time up there giving us tickets instead of checking tickets for the next flight, the next two flights would never leave either. I needed to come down to claim my bag to get it onto the new flight anyways. Plus, there are four attendants in the lobby, so you’ll get served faster than if we waited for the two upstairs at the gate. Going through security again isn’t fun for anyone, but this is the fastest solution.
“Why can’t they check the planes every week for problems and fix them before the problems delay flights?”
Personally, I prefer the system where the plane is checked before every flight to see if it’s good to go instead of only once a week… Otherwise a plane could be flying for as long as six days with something wrong with it. Would you want to be on that plane?
Anyways, we ended up on a different airline with a connection to Orlando in Salt Lake City instead of Dallas.
We also ended up with a seat upgrade which was nice. Leg room and free movies to watch. Maybe not worth the five hour delay, but so nice!
After landing in Orlando we did the usual thing of grabbing our bags and the rental car before heading to the hotel.
We got to the hotel after midnight and checked in when it was “morning.”
Last weekend my wife and I took an unplanned trip to Disneyland!
We were talking on Friday night about how some people take vacations by going to the airport and just asking for a ticket to the next plane leaving the runway.
I said that doing that was unreliable. “What if you ended up in a boring place? Or a place that you couldn’t afford? It makes more sense to go to some place that you know you’ll like for a vacation, like Disneyland.”
My wife and I went to Disneyland for our honeymoon, so going again will always bring back happy memories for us.
She said she was actually interested in going. Disneyland is fun so I wanted to go to. We decided we’d leave early Saturday morning and spend all day at the park before getting a hotel room and returning Sunday morning.
We looked at plane tickets first, but those cost about $800 for both of us to fly from Sacramento to Anaheim.
We drove instead. A little over 400 miles and 6 hours not counting breaks and traffic.
This was the first long road trip i’d bern on where I was the person driving. It was exhausting, but definitely worth it!
We went through a lot of farm land and dairy land. My wife is a vegetarian and when we passed the occasional stockyard she would clasp her hands together and say, “I love you moo-cows! Someone cares about you! I hope you are safe!”
We checked in to our hotel and headed on over to Disneyland for lunch. It was great being back where we’d had our honeymoon.
After lunch we rode all our favorite rides, Pirates, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion (seen above). Dinner fit in there somewhere as well.
At the end of the day we saw the firework display and got to watch the Fantasmic water and light show. I LOVE Fantasmic because of the animatronic dragon near the end. It rears up out of the stage and breaths fire on the river. It’s amazing! I’d love to show you, but the show is difficult to capture on video because most cameras aren’t able to handle the sudden changes in light that the show has. Your eyes can handle it, but mechanical cameras are too slow.
Afterwards we went back to the hotel and collapsed. We drove on back the next day!
It was a super fun trip and my first unplanned vacation ever. Plus I had my best friend with me, my wife!
I’m back from my trip to Bois Blanc (Bob-Lo) Island! Be prepared for a lot of posts about my time on the Island.
Getting to Bois Blanc Island isn’t as simple as hopping on a plane and then you’re there like on a vacation to Hawaii or Disneyland.
I timed it once and if the journey to Bois Blanc is made in one go it takes about 21 hours.
First, you have to drive to the airport, check your bags, go through security, and wait for your flight.
The Island and the nearby mainland town, Cheboygan, both have airports, but they are only for private planes, not commercial flights.
There are a few airports to choose from, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Pellston, or Travese City.
Milwaukee and Chicago have long drives to the Island if you go to those airports directly, but they work well as connections to Pellston or Traverse City.
Detroit is a six hour drive to Cheboygan. While preferable to the two day drives required from Chicago or Milwaukee, being stuck in a car for half a day is not something you look forward to after being in an airplane for a few hours.
The flight my family usually takes is a layover in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, or Chicago before a connecting flight to Traverse City.
Traverse City is a two hour drive away from Cheboygan.
If you’re going straight to the Island then you have to get groceries in Cheboygan before driving onto the ferry.
An hour ferry ride later you meet the relatives at the Island dock.
A half hour more of driving to the cottages on the West End of Bois Blanc finishes the journey.
My dad always did the trip that way, but it’s a little exhausting to do in one day.
My wife and I prefer breaking up the trip with a night in a hotel after the drive from Traverse City to Cheboygan.
There was a mixup with the hotel this time. I got confused by the online booking site and reserved a room for the wrong date.
We got shunted to an antique style bed and breakfast instead.
The place was a little rundown, but at least we had somewhere to sleep! We made it over to the Island the next day to greet my relatives.