I was awake at 2:30 AM. I wanted to get up at 3 AM to be ready for my ride (Monica, my co-worker) who was arriving at 4 AM. We had a two plus hour drive to the Philly International airport for my 7:29 AM flight to Buffalo, New York.
Monica and I had a pretty straight shot to Philadelphia that early in the morning. However, once we got to the airport, it was a busy hub. Since I haven't traveled since 2000, I was expecting the worse. I have to say everything went pretty smoothly. I didn't even have to take my shoe or belt off. Big whoop! However, I did have to do a lot of traveling around to check my bag and go through several lines. But overall, I think things went pretty smoothly.
My prop plane was tiny. Talk about being cramped.
I'm just thankful the trip to Buffalo only took one hour and ten minutes. When I went down to the baggage claim area this is what was waiting for me:
That Pat, what a jokester. He had read my blog post about being greeted this way when I won a trip to Disney World and was met at the airport by a chauffeur with my name on a big sign like this. Made me feel important I tell you
At first I didn't realize the sign was for me. Me? I'm important? Well, I was flattered. Thank you Pat.
Since we were in Buffalo, we HAD to stop in Wegmans. However, it was too early to eat so we just walked through the store to say we "were at Wegmans in Buffalo." Oh how I wish we had a Wegmans in Gayberry (aka Rehoboth Beach, DE).
We did walk around a bit in Buffalo and did decide to have a light lunch. We had the best ever veggie wrap and smoothie at a small restaurant with a bongo playing man outside. I took a video of him which I will post in a future blog, it's too late tonight to upload that video to YouTube.
Then we were on our way for the two hour drive to Toronto. We had no problem crossing the border. The border guard asked me why I was going into Canada (after I showed him my passport, I no longer have a virgin passport). I was tempted to same something funny and clever but thought better of it and just said "visiting my friend."
In a little under two hours we saw the skyline of Toronto in the distance. And we saw the traffic coming out of Toronto. It looked like a lava flow. And I thought Route One was bad one a summer weekend.
We eventually got into Toronto and arrived at Pat's lovely little home in Tiny Town.
Pat took me on a tour of his house and then it was time for dinner. He took me to the Green Earth restaurant. We're stuffed. Tomorrow we eat half of what we had today.
We both pooped. Time to take a shower and go to bed. Goodnight, the adventure continues.