Believe it or not the craziest part of our trip didn't happen until we were at the airport.
I put the Expedia app on my phone before we left but then just haphazardly used it. It was nice to have the itinerary on my phone, I must admit. I think I will use it again and actually use it as intended.
We were scheduled to fly out of Las Vegas Monday at 11:55 AM. We had breakfast with our friends like we do each trip then headed to the airport. (these friends are the ones who Kevin crewed for thus were driving home)
We were on task and on schedule, which always isn't the case with us. Also, we were meeting five of our friends at the airport as we were all on the same flight. As we pulled into the rental car return, I saw a notification about our flight leaving in one hour, in which case we were really late. It didn't make sense to me.
We turned in the car and got onto the shuttle bus. Shuttle buses in Vegas are always entertaining because the drivers are always engaging and not a little bit crazy. This was no exception. This driver had just worked the Rock & Roll Marathon the day before and I think might have been a little hung over.
She missed our stop, or rather, took us to the wrong terminal. Apparently the only fix for this was to return to the beginning and then go the correct way. (Is it bad that I could hear a line from The Princess Bride? "Vizzini said go back to the beginning so here I am, at the beginning." Humph. She assured us that we had plenty of time for our flight but seemed not confident in her assurances.
We eventually got to the terminal and checked in. They billed three bags to the brother-in-law and charged us for only one. Because of this, we had to go to the actual counter agent instead of the kiosk. She checked us in and assured us we were still on time even though we still had to make it through security.
We made it through security kind of easy. I worry now because of the hardware in my leg but it hasn't been a problem. *knock wood* or metal, be it as it may.
We then stopped at the coffee stand to get coffee as we are from Washington and that's what we do. Although we thought we could see the gate, we couldn't see our friends. Kevin got a text from one of our friends, asking where we were. This was making Kevin frown.
Kevin mentions to the barista that he was worried about making our flight. "Oh, don't worry. You're not in trouble until they call your name. They haven't called your name, have they?"
They hadn't but we decided that my sister-in-law and I would go ahead just in case. We just made it to the Jetson's walkway when we hear: "Johnson, party of four, please report to the gate."
Holy mother of sweet baby jesus.
This is where I say that my sister-in-law had been simply awful about getting around Vegas. As for her recovery from the accident, she isn't doing any of the self care that she needs to do. (example: she left her cane at home because it wouldn't fit in the suitcase and she didn't want to carry it. YEAH. Rest my case.)
I don't run. I can't run, the muscle control is just not there anymore. I can do a little skip/jog thing and that's what I did.
We get to the terminal and I can't find my boarding pass anywhere. What the Hell is going on? They weren't worried about it at all, just asked for my license and reprinted one. We pointed to the guys jogging down the terminal with coffee in their hands. They just laughed and told us to take our time, as apparently we hadn't been doing so this whole time.
We check in and head down the jetway. We are actually stepping onto the plane when we hear "Johnsons? Johnsons?" Kevin actually cursed and turned around. We hear "Did you order coffee?"
We called out "Yes" and they replied "We have it here, come and get it."
We walked back up the jetway and sure enough, there is the barista (red faced and out of breath) holding two coffees. He felt badly and ran them down to us! How nice is that!?!! And how nice of the airline folks to allow us to come get it. I love Vegas.
We were, of course, the last ones on the plane. I don't think we made anyone wait but we sure did receive some envious looks as we walked down the aisle with iced mochas in our hands.
We got to our seats and we hear "What the eff, eh? Where's ours?" from one of our Canadian friends.