Summer vacation plans are underway, causing some reminiscing about last year’s summer vacation. Being human, my brain goes straight to the negative – like the day I spent stranded in the Rapid City, South Dakota Airport because Chicago’s weather was screwing up air travel everywhere.
I found a corner with a comfy couch and an electrical outlet. From this vantage point, I could keep my phone charged while watching people without their notice.
This airport is small but has friendly staff and everything you need including a couple of restaurants. If you’re there, go through security to get to the better of the two. I did not know this and ended up eating a questionable veggie wrap with chips.
The wrap wasn’t great but I had a nice view of the rooftop garden so that made it better.
Plus there was this nice patriotic display, marking the place of American Prisoners of War and Missing In Action soldiers.
And there was this, especially poignant because my vacation pal has a daughter who is Air Force.
Yes, I did take one and yes, I still have it.
The airport also has a few pieces of nice art including this photographic exhibit dedicated to the construction of Mt Rushmore.
Life is what you make of it. The day long delay was unpleasant but it resulted in my being redirected from a layover at O’Hare where I didn’t want to be in the first place to Denver which I didn’t mind at all.
I got back to Columbus late but that gave me an excuse to spend the night with my aunt and cousin and to meet their cats.
All that free time at the airport provided opportunity to go through pictures on my camera and phone and to relax a bit before coming home.
And I tend to believe that when travel plans don’t go as planned, it’s the Universe plotting to keep me alive.
May this be a year of safe travels for us all!