Headed West — Again — Day 1

4 Sep

Actually, we’re headed south today. We plan to spend tonight in Atlanta near the Airport. In the morning, the fine folks at the Hilton Garden Inn will shuttle us to the Airport and allow us to leave our car at the motel. The fine folks at Delta will then take us to Denver which is where we were headed on the day I lost my billfold. Assuming we make it to Denver, we will establish Base Camp and begin our assault on the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
Thousands of people take trips like this every day, but all I can think of is Shelley Berman. I cannot quote him directly, but when I was in high school, he had a comedy routine on flying. The airline slogan was, “Flying is the safest way to fly.” Posters showed pictures of happy celebrities getting on airplanes — Carole Lombard, Will Rogers, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly. When Berman boarded the plane, he asked the flight attendant, “What time will we arrive in LA?” She replied, “I don’t know; we’ve never made it.” The pilot gave only vague estimates of speed and altitude. I don’t know why, but all that has come back to me as I prepare for my first flight in fifteen years. My last flight was to Minneapolis with Ken Proctor for an IB Conference — no problems. Think happy thoughts for us tomorrow.
If everything goes as scheduled, we will drive from Denver to Estes Park, Colorado tomorrow and spend two days at Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ll let you know about the flight and the drive tomorrow evening.


One Response to “Headed West — Again — Day 1”

  1. Jennifer S. Thomason September 5, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    I’m a somewhat nervous flyer myself. My suggestion is a glass of wine. (strictly for communion purposes of course) Lol! Seriously, you two have a great time!! JenJen 🙂

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