How cute is the helena Montana airport at 4:30am?
This was my view as I stepped through security, climbed up the stairs to the second level where gates 3 and 4 are located, one for United and one for Delta.
We thought all was right for my 5:10 boarding and my 5:50am departure for Minneapolis which would get me further on to La Guardia and then home to Greensboro by dinner time.
We even boarded and were ready to go until….
“Ladies and gentleman, we have a maintenance issue…please retrieve your belongings and proceed back into the gate waiting area..”
And we sat, and we waited, and we sat some more. Something with the hydraulics (not good) and because it is Helena, they had to call for someone off sites to come and fix it….
Only it never got fixed.
Imagine a whole plane full of people missing connections and whipping out their phones to try to make other arrangements.
As I talked to the customer service rep at Delta, explaining the situation which didn’t look good at all for getting me home last night due to sold out connecting flights, I asked if she could just get me to Salt Lake. Just get me there and I can take a flight out the next morning.
I was placed on a standby list for the 1pm flight leaving for Salt Lake City.
New itinerary and my broken plane!
I had not had breakfast. There was nothing available in this little airport. It was nearly 9 am by this time, and I’d been there for 4 1/2 hours trying to get things straight.
Diane to the rescue! Diane was in my Helena workshops and when she heard of my plight she came and picked me up!
This is NOT the Helena airport!
Turns out the Diane who lives near the airport was on her way to take her dog Topsy to the vent for routine shots. I was happy to go along for the ride! ANYTHING is better than sitting in a tiny airport! Topsy makes quick friends with another big black doggie!
Girls out for Brunch!
We had time to drop Topsy back off at home, and head out to a local diner for a meal and some fun chit chat before dropping me back off at the airport.
And I made the 1pm flight! YAY!
Though, to be honest, I barely remember it, I was asleep in my seat before we even took off.
Flying into Salt Lake City!
Look at all of that salt!
I found the green and red colors interesting.
There was a fire here.
Downtown Salt Lake City in the distance!
Hugs and tears and smiles and laughter happened at the baggage claim where my sister Joy and niece Addie were waiting for me. I hadn’t seen them since our family reunion in Idaho nearly 4 years ago. Boy how time flies!
Celebrating with ice cream at Sam’s Club!
Wasatch Front at the end of Joy’s street!
We are mountain lovin’ women!
This day was turning into something really fun as my youngest sister Mary and her family, who live about 10 minutes from my sister Joy were also joining us for an impromptu BBQ with all of the cousins eager to play with each other as well.
My Niece Kelli, Joy and Mary in the Kitchen!
I had NEVER seen a watermelon cut this way, and when Mary started in, I grabbed the camera. I have to try this!
There was nothing left but a bit of pink and a lot of white on those rinds, and this is the fastest way I’ve ever seen a watermelon sliced up for 13 of us in attendance last night. A family baker’s dozen!
We caught these fireworks from the driveway at the end of the cul-de-sac!
Yesterday was a state holiday commemorating the 24th of July when pioneers choose this valley to call their new home. ..
What a perfect way to end a bonus day!
I’ll be back in November! Can’t wait!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Spending just a few hours with family due to a travel snafu was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
Family is everything! Vintage quilt shared by a student in my Helena Montana workshops this weekend.
I’m off to see my niece to her first day of 3rd grade, and off to the airport we go to get me home.
Have a great day, everyone!