Well, as you recall last post I said something might happen about this race? Yep, I missed it. I missed the whole effing thing. I never got out of Minnesota. Ever.
So, on the Monday before the race they started talking about this weather event that was going to impact the area. In usual Minnesota weather reporting fashion no one was really sure how much, or when or exactly where. By Tuesday I was a little nervous, enough nervous to get a hotel on Wednesday so I’d be sure to be at the airport at 5 AM Thursday.
Well, the snow started around noonish on Wednesday.
I left around 2:30 for the two hour trip to Egan (it’s about an hour and 23 on a good day). Lots of cars in the ditch and people being stupid but I made it. I set up my shuttle for the next AM and hoped for the best.
The next day I got up early, got ready, got to the airport, got to the gate, got on the plane….and then it all fell apart.
It started with getting stuck leaving the gate. But still ok. We just needed to get the sanders out and get unstuck. And they were going to de-ice where we sat so we’d save time. Only they didn’t do that so after 30 minutes of sitting and watching the Delta flight next to us get de-iced and leave, we had to lumber over to the de-ice station and we got de-iced. OK, we are now an hour back but I can still make it. If I can just get to Seattle…..
After a few minutes the pilot said they had to plow the runway again but we had three hours on the de-ice so we’d still be okay. THEN he said the final words-the runway was too slippery and now the winds were too strong to de-ice again and they had no idea how long the runways would be down-but if it was over two hours we’d need to de-ice again and who knows when that would happen. It was still snowing and blowing and I was heart broken.
I got off the plane and I immediately called Alaska who said-‘Um, you were on what flight cause I see that flight has departed.’ OK, please refresh your screen customer service. And once she did she could see that MSP was shut down. They told us that no more planes were coming in to get us to Seattle today. Customer service told me I couldn’t get to LA tomorrow on AK. Delta could get me there for about 700-1000 round trip. By booking Alaska I had created a house of cards that collapsed under the weight of the blizzard. I love Alaska, don’t get me wrong, but they have limited flights out of MSP and if they shut down I’m done. I could have scrambled and tried to get stand by on something or other, but in my heart I knew I was done. All the planning and the looking forward to it and the thought of sunny weather and meeting my niece and her girlfriend–all gone. My volunteering and my van fam and all of it. I was in shock. It’s just so typical, although I’ve never had this hard of a stop before. Ever.
So I packed it in, got the shuttle, and came back home. But not before realizing I left my Kindle on board. I mean, how could it go any worse? And seriously? I didn’t even go anywhere and I left something on board. I drove home through the semi truck graveyard that was Hiway 52. How the news never reported the 10 semi’s and the closure of northbound lanes is beyond me. I made it home and they found my Kindle.
But I missed it all. And it looked so good. And I had it all planned and I was so looking forward to it. I’m near tears again just thinking about it so I have to find something to look forward too. (When I drove up on Friday to get my Kindle I cried most of the way up) It didn’t help that it was supposed to warm up and rain here, not continue to snow and certainly not be only in the 30’s through out the rest of the week AND today. (I’m lying, it’s going to be 46 today–although it will likely feel like the 30’s).
Katie sent updates from the race that she and Jillian ran
And me? I did this….
We went out to dinner on Friday night to take the sting out of it.
Now the back yard, which had the one little circle of snow……
Is now looking like this….
And now it’s Monday. I have to go into work for a while this afternoon. I guess that will be ok. It’s a busy week with meetings and things I honestly don’t care about right now.
I am supposed to go to Tucson in two weeks. That’s not a fun vacation but at least I’ll get out of town for a bit. Yarnover is the week before that, Martha will be here. Maybe that will cheer me up.
Either way–next time I have the back up plan, I leave a day earlier, and I save up for a possible same day airline ticket.
Thanks Girls, for doing my volunteer and running my legs–I owe you.