Day 1 of travel:
Yesterday could be described as, Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong will. Thankfully prayers were answered, and everything ended up working out for us.
When we arrived at PDX, we were not so nicely greeted by the United Airlines people. I wanted to gate check our car-seat, for safety reasons, and they didn’t want to let me. I’ve read a lot of articles about checking car seats, and the risk it has on damaging the seat. We ended up being able to gate check it.
We then proceeded to our gate, where we found out we were delayed to San Francisco because of the weather. When I went to ask the United Customer Service rep about our connecting flight, he wasn’t able to give me any information. When we finally arrived in San Fran, we rushed to our next flight and got on the plane to Dallas. We were fortunate enough to have a row to ourselves and take the car seat on with us. We landed in Dallas to 28 degrees, and snow! So we packed up our little rental car to make the trek to Katie’s apartment (Greg’s cousin). Well our GPS took us in the opposite direction, and wasn’t being clear. I decided it was best to find a hotel, the roads were slick, and our car wasn’t going to make it far.
On our way to the hotel, our GPS got lost again! It was dark, roads were bad, Graydon was crying, and we were lost in a place we have never been! After a few U-turns and re-routing, we found the hotel, the America’s Best Inn (the opposite of America’s best if you ask me). Okay, I shouldn’t be negative, I have never been so happy to see a hotel in my life. Seriously, we were lost, scared, and just wanted to get Graydon out of the car. After a long day of travel, this was the last thing we wanted to do.
We went to the front desk to see if they had any rooms left, and they had one room. That one room left was a God send. When we pulled into the parking lot, we passed an SUV that was stuck, and two other cars sliding trying to get out of the parking lot.
Well, I forgot to mention, with all the events going on, we didn’t eat all day . I had crackers and Greg had a bagel. So that being said it was 8:00 at night, we were exhausted, starving, pizza wasn’t delivering, and we weren’t driving. Well, about three parking lots behind us, there was a Pappadeax Seafood Kitchen. There we were, at 8:00 at night, wearing a bundled up baby, walking to eat in the snow. It was the best meal I have ever eaten, we had some excellent Seafood Bisque and Lobster Bisque! As Greg would say, we crushed our food. After stuffing our faces, we walked back to our hotel and crashed. We slept the best we could in the stuffy, dark, uncomfortable motel room.
Waking up the next day, well, lets just say we weren’t driving any where. It was still 30 degrees and Icey. We found a Homewood Suites and waited around until 1:00 to check in. Sitting here now, we are so thankful to be safe in a clean and comfortable hotel room. We take a lot of things for granite everyday, we forget to thank God for all the good he gives us. This blog post might be full of a lot of negatives, and I tried not to sound like I was complaining, but honestly, yesterday was awful. I thank God that he guided us to safety. God works in funny ways, and he taught us a lot yesterday. Our number one concern was keeping Graydon safe, and he did that.
Our car is still sitting in the America’s Best parking lot, Graydon is napping, and Greg is walking over to pick up lunch across the street. It’s been an eventful couple of days!
Oh I will just end this post with the fact that Graydon is sick. He has a cough and is stuffed up. He is still smiling and happy as ever! Here is a snap of our makeshift hotel play area.