I Love Airports: A Short Flight To Southern Florida
The late arrival of Spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania , with all the cold and snow, made me decide to seek some warmer temperatures. And, also, my decision to shave my beard. I grew one over the winter and it got quite long. I was told I either was looking like Santa Claus, a wizard or a homeless person. Well it is gone and I need some sun to even up the tan on my face. So I am on my way to southern climes, the Everglades and Florida Keys.
I left my house under clear and frigid skies at 4:15 a.m. The temperature was 19 degrees. I drove the 38 miles to the Wilkes-Barre Avoca airport . I love this airport. Well I love all airports, and boats and trains….. I love to travel. I enjoy people watching at airports. Tearful goodbyes, cheerful hellos, excited chattering, nervous folks on first flights and seasoned travelers and business men going through the same old routine. I enjoy it all.
There wasn’t a lot of time to people watch this morning. There was a line at the security checkpoint when I arrived. I didn’t have much time when I got to my gate. I was soon sitting in my plane for the short 25 minute flight to the Philadelphia airport. As always there was a delay. This one was a little surprising. De-icing of the airplane wings in April .
I remember always stopping to watch airplanes fly overhead as a child. I wondered about who was on the plane. Where were they going? What were they thinking? Were the looking down at me? I was so jealous that they could travel the skies. I still think these thinks but now I also wonder about the folks living their lives in the many lands below me as I am the one in the airplane.
I was soon on the ground but had little time to people watch since my connecting flight boarded in 15 minutes. And there was the shuttle bus ride to Terminal C. It was a little hectic, but I love hectic at airports. I was soon seated on my plane for the 2 1/2 hour flight to Fort Lauderdale. We had another half hour delay as we waited for a replacement Captain. Yes that is what they told us.
There was no food service on this flight so I settled for a cup of coffee and some crackers. I am very hungry right now. This blog is going to be shortened since we hit some turbulence and they are telling us to store our laptops. I am near Daytona Beach now and was reflecting on my memories walking on its long and wide beach.
Well we are at a lower altitude and things calmed so I will try an finish this now. There are quilt-like clouds below now blocking my view of the landscape below but still pretty to look. I also love cloud watching on airplane flights.
We are near West Palm Beach now and should be landing in around twenty minutes. I hope to get my luggage, pick up my rental car and arrive at my hotel, the Best Western, in Florida City around 1 p.m. And, after an hour of taking in some sun I hope to be roaming the Everglades and finding some cool stuff to share.
Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. Simon Newcomb