Travel Interrupted

Why I never park in the outer rows of the parking garage.

Two weeks ago, I left Hartford’s Bradley Airport (BDL) for a 9-day journey. Sorry if that sentence (or this apology) sticks the Gilligan’s Island theme in your head. Unlike those castaways, my trip was cut short by a snowstorm. It worked out quite well. Instead of coming home through Iowa, after five days in Florida, I flew directly to Iowa for a few days. If Delta and WordPress are both on time, I will have been asleep for about 4-5 hours by the time this post is published after returning home at dark o’clock on Monday.

I can stick to my schedule, but I can’t offer much in the way of pithy banter or thought-provoking analysis. I’m writing this early on Sunday. Too early to ask my brother for a ride to his house, but too late for my east coast brain to remain in bed, but I need to shower and pack and spend one more day with family.

I don’t have much to say about travel that I haven’t said before. Traveling can be fun. Flying usually isn’t, and hotels can make or break your travel experience. My trip was good, since I got to see my brother, his daughter and her husband and my mom. The week-long interruption made this visit a little better, in that I wasn’t tired and I didn’t have to drag around a bunch of conference luggage.

I didn’t have a lot of time for photo shoots, but I put some photos in the gallery that I collected while traveling and a few while fighting with my brother’s cats.

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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51 Responses to Travel Interrupted

  1. Gwen Plano says:

    Having just returned from a lengthy trip, with an unexpected weather-related overnight in Chicago, I especially liked reading about your journey. Glad you’re home safely with your family and little friends.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks. I think the worst part of travel is the notion that you might not be able to get home when you want/need to. Chicago backs up pretty quick. that must have been a crowded airport.

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  2. Glad your business and family visits went well and you are safely home. I love traveling. I just don’t like what I have to endure to get to my destination. The photo of the parking garage reminds me why I don’t drive to the airport but prefer to let C&J drop me off at the door. :-) Bet Maddie was glad to see you.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Maddie goes nuts when I get home. I’ve been on the road a lot lately, but it’s due to settle down soon. I’m glad that I had seen (years ago) how the cars on the outside of that garage get snowed on and plowed in during storms. I always go inside. My wife will drive me if she can. If she can only pick me up, I’ll take a cab over. But since she can’t drive at night, if I’m coming in late, I leave my car. We are in the ‘flat-rate’ zone and I have had to wait 45 minutes to get a cab.

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  3. GP Cox says:

    Sleep well, Dan….

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  4. bikerchick57 says:

    The sunrise above the clouds is beautiful, Dan. If you have to fly at o’dark thirty in the morning, at least you had a nice view of the coming day and a nice trip to see mom, family and the displaced cat. Have an awesome Monday!

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  5. Sharukh Bamboat says:

    The images are great. I believe traveling is more fun when the weather is good. However, I love a bit of unexpected weather.

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  6. Yes indeed… we’ll do anything for a cup of coffee. Golly that line! I experience the thing with the parking lot snow at home. Thank heaven I had a mild winter. Have a week filled with wonder. Hugs.

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  7. Almost Iowa says:

    Gosh, remember the days when flying was both comfortable and an adventure? Now it is just an adventure…as long as one uses the word as sarcasm.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      My brother asked me what “Economy Comfort” gets you with Delta. I said: “The kind of seat you used to get in coach, but not the kind of service” I remember flying in the 80s and being able to get to the airport/gate about 15 minutes before flying. If you could run to the gate, you got on.

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  8. Almost Iowa says:

    Hey, the next time you are in Iowa – and have some time. I drive down and buy you a beer. :)

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  9. I sure miss the air travel (not). Glad it all worked.

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  10. I’ve had back to back travel as of late and it is exciting and tiring, indeed. Glad you enjoyed your stay in my neck of the woods.

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  11. joey says:

    How long can the joy of a sunrise last? *asks the night owl* LOL
    I’m glad you traveled safely back to the land of regularly priced snacks and milk, where your coffee line isn’t so long, and where your head rests on your own pillow :)

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  12. C.E.Robinson says:

    Wish Dunkin Donuts was out west! 😞 Great travel & cat photos, Dan! I found waiting for flights coming or going go by faster watching people and taking pics! Yep, also waiting in Starbuck’s long line for coffee! Happy week! 🎶 Christine

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  13. Paul says:

    More beer and grits, please. And sausage. Hey, kitty! *pets kitty*

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  14. It’s nice to hear you got home safely and had a nice visit with family and the cats. :)

    I really enjoyed your low light shots from the window of the plane. The two in the Blue Period are really pretty. I rarely take a window seat, but regret that when I see images like these.

    Hope you sleep soundly for a long time and wake up refreshed and ready for anything.

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  15. Glynis Jolly says:

    I love travel by plane except for the luggage hassle. If I could get on a plane without having to even think about my baggage, kind of like getting on a city bus, I would want to do it more often.

    You will be missing those dark hours soon, you know.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I agree about the baggage. Whether you check it or carry it on, it’s a hassle these days. I look forward to traveling in the light, but I made sure to get some photos. Every hour has something to offer.

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  16. Laura says:

    Fighting with the cats? Careful or you’ll get kicked out next time.
    Hope you’re bouncing back today.

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  17. marianallen says:

    Glad you’re home safe! Thanks for the kitty pix. I do love a ginger cat. :) Those sunrise photos almost make me want to take an early flight. But, no. I won’t indulge myself.

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  19. Love the pics….the joy of traveling:)

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