Thursday, July 30, 2009


Our flight started out great. We arrived at the airport at 10:00 am, on time, the plane was on time, we were sitting in first class, things were looking good. I took a quick shot of the blue skies out of the window. But by the time we reached NYC the storms had rolled in and we were circling New Jersey for an hour. In fact we needed to refuel and were diverted to Philadelphia. No gates were open so we sat on the tarmac for several hours in the lightning and pouring rain. Some people wanted to leave and catch the train up to New York. We decided to wait it out. When a gate opened the pilot decided to let us all take a break in the Philly airport. They fed us pizza and Cokes. We were all a little worried since Delta was feeding us for free and wondered what they knew that we didn't. We made some friends from the plane in the Philly airport like Martin who was flying up to see his son the actor. And, another mom flying up to see her daughter, interning in NYC. Her other daughter is a junior at Auburn, so we had a lot to talk about. Finally got the call to board again. It's about 10:00 p.m. by now. All of the airports on the eastern seaboard had been closed for many hours due to the storm. We finally made it and landed at La Guardia! We decided to share a cab with our new friend, Martin, who is also a DAWG. I took a photo of our cabbie, Mr. Muhammad Islam! Could there be a worse name to associate with flying into NYC? Yikes! We arrived at the Hilton on 6th Avenue and were so glad to find a beautiful dry room! This morning the skies are blue and were ready for our first day of adventures!