Our trip started out like any other, a ride on the bus and lines at the airport. Then things started to get crazy. There was bad turbulence on the flight that made everyone a little queasy. Then we were put in a holding pattern outside of San Francisco due to a TORNADO WARNING and a bad storm in the Bay Area. Then a person (right behind some of our group) got very sick on the flight, and they had to call for a doctor. We landed safely, but very, very late.
All of these things worked against us and our 1.5 hour connection time in San Francisco. In other words – we missed our flight from San Francisco to Washington Dulles, but our bags made it. We then waited 6 hours for a solution to our situation. We are on the 6am flight from San Francisco to Chicago, and then we catch the next connection to Dulles. We should arrive 4:30pm on Saturday, Eastern Time.
The kids were fantastic and patient the whole day long – even when we were randomly (ahem) selected for multiple screenings, required to dump our water out after an overnight Trans-Pacific flight, and required to take off our shoes and sweatshirt during a security screening. We finally made it to a very nice Best Western for the night, and we had a delicious meal served by lovely people. I cannot say enough about how great everyone was today, in particular United.
Here are some photos from today of the kids asleep on the plane and waiting in the airport. I also took a picture of the toothbrushes the hotel gave us with toothpaste already on it.