Tuesday, October 15, 2013

14 Hours to Here ----

I've just checked into my hotel in Colorado Springs.

Catching 3 different planes can be a challenge sometimes.  This was one of THOSE times.

We were a bit late getting into Chicago --- but luckily my next gate was in the same concourse and not that far down, so I ran --- they were already boarding, and on I went thinking I had it made.

And then we sat.  And we sat and sat ---and when it was finally time to move we were like #47 for take off….

We landed in Denver just as  my flight to Colorado Springs was pushing back from the gate --- so close but yet so far!

I missed my connection.

I was helped by a very congenial gate agent who put me on standby on the next two flights, but gave me a confirmed seat on the 3rd flight down the line  ---and I began to play the waiting game.  Would I make it on or wouldn't I? If I didn't, would I make it on to the next or would I have to wait for the confirmed one?

I got lucky.  I made it to Colorado Springs on the first stand by flight – only 1.5 hours later than planned.

Luggage arrived.


I've had a lovely drive through downtown Colorado Springs.  We've had a delicious lunch out – and spent jaw dropping time driving through Garden of the Gods – photos of that to come later.

It’s now more than 14 hours since I left my front doorstep ---and all I want is a bed for a nap.

So while I snooze…..let me share with you the beautiful view flying over Lake Michigan and into Chicago this morning --- LOVELY!

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The sun was barely coming up…..the sky, a vibrant pink and purple.

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More of the lake shore comes into view ---

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The sun rises like a big orange ball of liquid light ---

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We wave good morning to the awakening city below --

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Good Morning, Chicago, it’s going to be a glorious day!

And it has been….missed connections and delays included.

And oh yes, there were hexies ----

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Jean said...

Thank you Bonnie for the beautiful pictures. I never tire of God's beautiful creation.

Phyllis said...

Hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful state. I live north in Longmont and just love it here. Welcome!!

Lostinspace said...

What gorgeous photos, I love how you put some non-quilty stuff in too. Now I feel like I have been in an aeroplane today and seen the sunrise. Thank You.

Georgia said...

my hometown - great pics thanks

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

how you can stand all that flying! it would wear me out - have fun at Garden of the Gods - take a walk through it if you can it is so beautiful we see it every time we go through that area.

Ivani said...

Stunning pictures. You deserve a rest time.

Kim said...

Love Garden of the Gods......well named isn't it?
Great pictures :0) nobody does color like mother nature!

Sleep well and happy sewing

Michal Woodruff said...

Bless your heart. Such a long day for you. Garden of the Gods is one of my favorite places.

Luann said...

Welcome to the beautiful state of Colorado. I'm sure you see snow on Pikes Peak. Enjoy your stay as I wave from just southwestof Rocky Mountain National Park!

cityquilter grace said...

you have way more fortitude than i miss bonnie....sleep well and relax!

Farm Quilter said...

Sounds like a full day to me!! Garden of the Gods is AWESOME!!! Aren't airports fun?? Trying to get home from England after going with my quilting buddies to the Birmingham International Quilt Show, my travel buddy and I got to spend an extra two nights in London because we could not get a flight out...two days at Heathrow, hustling from gate to gate in hopes of catching a pair of seats home...good people watching in Heathrow though!! Glad you were only delayed a short time...but it does make for a long day for you.

Michele McCullough said...

We may not have luggage carts but do they have glutten free pizza? LOL

Rita said...

Your sky shots are beautiful Bonnie. We are not allowed to take photos inside the plane or from the windows anymore in Ireland - such a pain. That was a long hanging around day, not good for the back. I hope you do Pilates as it would sort all those niggling back aches out. Take care of yourself. Rita.

Lakegaldonna said...

Glad you have arrived safely in Co.
You also got to see that beautiful sunrise over Lake Michigan that we are so lucky to see every day, stunning! Thanks for sharing.

ShariSews said...

They have an airpot in Peoria? Who knew. Gorgeous photos of Chicago lakeshore-thanks for sharing!