Have you ever seen the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles?! I hadn't until Josh and I were married and now it is our annual Thanksgiving tradition to watch it. However this past year with all of our trips, we have felt like we were actually part of the movie! Our last trip to Hershey, PA the day of Christmas was no exception! We are now 4 for 4 for flights being cancelled in 2012 and are hoping 2103 is a whole new year!
Here's a recap:
Here's a recap:
May - Our flight to Panama City, FL was cancelled all together and after 5 hours of sitting at the airport trying to get another flight, we ended up getting in the car and driving the 13 hours to get there!
November - Josh trained all year to run in the New York City Marathon and it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. We had to fly out later and skip NY all together.
Thanksgiving - American Airlines decided to cancel our flight to the Bahamas two days before we were supposed to go. No real reason. We scrambled to find another flight and salvage everything that we had already paid to the resort, so we ended up flying 1 day early and spending more money on lodging.
And now to December ...
After countless days of 80 degree weather in Dallas, it decided to snow on Christmas day! Although nice to have a white Christmas, it shut down quite a few airports across the country and tons of flights were cancelled! We left the day after and our flight was still on time when we arrived at the airport. However there were TONS of people stranded all around from the day before. The lady behind us in line had been trying to get home and had been rescheduled on 3 flights and then all 3 had been cancelled. There was definitely a tense feeling in the air all around. We felt fortunate and pretty much expected something to happen... given our track record, but everything was going smoothly and as far as we could tell, we only had a 30 minute delay.
It is 9 hours in a car from Cincinnati to Harrisburg! 9 hours from the time we started at 10:30 at night! We were luckily able to rent an SUV and rent car seats. The kids were absolutely amazing and slept the ENTIRE way! It was the best we could have asked for. However, the other man started out driving and I was pretty hesitant about sleeping. I wanted at least 1 of us awake the whole time just in case. So I talked quite a bit! We didn't get that tired for a while, but about 2:30am we switched drivers and it was Josh's turn. I knew he was pretty worn out and I didn't want him to fall asleep, so I stayed up with him as well. We both were awake the entire time and pulled into my sister's driveway about 7:30am. It was such a whirlwind!
We could not have driven with nicer people and it turns out that it was actually a good thing! I was using my phone as navigation and didn't realize until we were about 10 minutes away that it didn't recognize my sister's address, but was just taking me to the middle of their zipcode. Oops! The lady we were driving with actually used to live right by them and knew where to go by us describing the crazy landmarks that we had remembered from trips past. We sure were lucky! We also found out that their son worked for Hershey and with Paul. He didn't know him, but was later able to email him and thank his parents for getting us there safely! It all worked out!
And I also have to commend Delta Airlines for being really prompt at refunding us some of the money. It took United 6 months (and COUNTLESS phone calls) to get us refunds for the flight cancelled in May and it took Delta 1 call and 5 days to have the money back on our credit cards. I can't tell you how much easier it was!!
All in all we had a great trip and another great memory to add to our stories! We are hoping that 2013 is much better and have decided to take a little break from flying for a while!