This is the first time I flew into Bozeman, Montana -
And I bet I’ll never fly this way again!
It was one of those early early 3am alarm awakenings. Stumble to the bathroom to start a shower. Glance at the phone to discover that messages have been coming in all night long (what night there is in 4 hours of sleep.) to find that my flights have been jacked around from a 2 hour delay, to a 4 hour delay, to now leaving in EVENING time, getting me into Bozeman aft4er midnight, via La Guardia and Indianapolis to Minneapolis to Bozeman.
I was instantly awake and calling the Delta hotline.
No dice says the woman at the other end. There are no flights to get you there sooner. What do you mean, I say? It’s just the first flight out of Greensboro that is the problem, I still have seats on the other flights, don’t I? “Well no, ma’am, you’ve been re-routed those seats are no longer available. This is the best we can do for you.”
May I please speak to your supervisor??
I swear I have never used those words before, but something told me I must.
I waited a bit, and when the supervisor came on the line, she looked at the crazy flight plan and said she could do better.
“You are already up and ready to head to the airport?” Yes. “I’m putting you on an early flight to Detroit. You’ll go from there to Minneapolis, the connections will be very short –can you run?” YES!
And off we went.
My flight to Detroit actually got in a bit early which played well in my favor, but when I was touching down in Minneapolis, my Bozeman flight was already boarding. Preparing to RUN like the wind, I stepped from the plane onto the jet bridge.
I was met by a very well dressed man in a suit, carrying a clip board saying “Bonnie Hunter?” Yes? “Follow me please, I’m with the Special Elite Services and it is my job to get you to your flight on time.
We went down the little stairwell that comes off the jet bridge, into the Porsche Cayenne we went and he DROVE me to my plane, all the way around the outside of the terminal. Can you believe that? I certianly drew my lucky number this day, and Delta was working awfully hard to make up for the schedule whammy they tried to put me through.
This deserves a photo! Ha!
Once we reached my gate, I went back up the stairs and into the plane, not stepping one foot inside the Minneapolis airport. CRAZY!
And THIS happened!
I met another quilter, Renee!
Renee left me a message on my instagram asking what I was doing in Montana, and I replied. She was also at the airport flying from Bozeman to Minneapolis for a retreat herself. Guess what? Her flight left out of my gate, and she stopped me to say hello! How fun! So nice meeting you Renee, I hope you have a great time on your retreat. Quilters are EVERYWHERE!
More on this project to come!
Cathy and I headed to the Mountains!
The plan was to get in a hike, see some scenery and give me a leg stretch after sitting so long.
Trail Head Sign!
Gorgeous trails, sun and shade and the smell of pine!
I have to admit, the altitude was getting to me. It’s much higher here than in North Carolina. Even in Alaska we were at sea level – this was kicking my hiney!
But Oh, this was so worth it!
Can you hear it roar?
Temps were much cooler by the falls which is all snow run-off. Just amazing! What a wild and weird and crazy day. I loved it!
After an early dinner, it was off to the hotel for me. I’d been running on 4 hours sleep and all I wanted to do was plop myself down in bed and catch up on some lost Zzzz’s.
There are some days that just turn out better than expected if you just let go of what you can’t control and see what happens!
Today I’m meeting with the Gallatin quilters for a My Blue Heaven workshop and I can’t wait to meet them all.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in Kentucky.
Sometimes we just have to stop and look and appreciate things for the way they are right now.
And sometimes life will surprise you as you simply watch things unfold in front of you.
Have a lovely Wednesday, everyone!