|Pat and me leaving sunny LA (the Hollywood Hills behind us)|
We're home folks! Pat is out and about in the frigid climes of Toronto as I type this and I am at home here on a rainy, Sunday morning in coastal Delaware.
Folks, I am not exaggerating one iota when I say we both had the best vacation we've ever had. EVER!
|Pat soaking up some of that warm California sunshine poolside on our last day at the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast (where we were staying)|
The eve of our departure we both didn't sleep too well. We were concerned about all the connections we had to make the first being returning our rental car to Enterprise and then getting to the airport. Pat's flight was scheduled to leave at 8:35 AM and mine three hours later at 11:25 AM. We were both flying to Philadelphia. Pat originally had a direct flight to Toronto but his airline changed his plans. When I found that out last month I tried to change my flight plans to so we could travel together (five hours is a long flight) but the cost was prohibitive. $200 just to change it then I would have to make up the difference in the cost. My original cost to fly to Philadelphia was $191. If I had to change I would have to pay the difference between $191 and that day's flight cost of $797. And . . . there was no guarantee we would even be seated together. Of course I couldn't do that. So I was resigned to sitting around LAX for three hours waiting for my flight.
I was up at 3:30 AM. Pat was trying to get more sleep. We wanted to leave the bed and breakfast where we were staying (a picture of the outside pool area which is at the banner of this blog - very colorful B & B) by 5 AM.
Of course we were already exhausted from our ten days in LA, trying to see and do everything we could and still not collapse at the end of the day. No naps for me during our LA stay by the way.
I showered and woke Pat up by my bustling around. We got out of the B & B by 5 AM and in the early morning dawn, joined the early morning LA traffic to Enterprise Car rental to turn in our white Nissan Sentra which served us so ably for the past ten days (no accidents! Couple near misses, after all this is LA Traffic).
At first I couldn't get my iPhone Google GPS to work and Pat was panicking. He didn't want to miss his flight. I wasn't so worried because I had HOURS until my flight.
Finally I got the GPS to working by rebooting my iPhone. We had no trouble finding Enterprise and I have to say I was quite impressed with their efficiency. We were on the Enterprise Shuttle bus to LAX in no time. Pat was relaxing a bit more.
|Nervous (and tired) Pat and me (yet another "selfie") on the Enterprise Car Rental shuttle to LAX airport and connections|
We get to LAX and Pat is looking where to get his boarding pass. A very nice lady at LAX who works in customer service found out that we were flying separate flights to Philly and suggested to me to change my flight. Incredulously I asked "I can do that? How much would it cost me?" She said "$75." I went for it! Are you kidding me? I was so happy I ran up and gave her a BIG hug. Now I would have to wait at LAX another three hours for my flight which was going to the SAME destination (Philly) as Pat's. We were going together:
We were set to go! Wow, what a great way to end our trip.
We waited about an hour before our flight was to take off.
Then came time to board our flight. Our seats were all the way in the back . . . . . next to the bathroom . . . again. This time I'm not complaining. We were together on the same flight. SUPER!
|A very tried Ron and Pat on U.S. Air flight #754 yesterday morning|
|Pat settling in for the long flight back to the east coast|
We arrived in Philly almost on time and then Pat was off to make his connection to Toronto with the help of the lady in the picture who sat (or laid) in the seats across from us on our flight from LA. I think she had a crush on Pat. She's in this picture on the right and Pat is on the left, ready to head into parts unknown (to him) to make his connection.
Of course we all made it to our respective homes. Bill and my co-worker Mark picked me up at Philly International and we made the two plus hour drive to my home in southern Delaware. Oh how I miss those days when I lived in center city Philly and could take a shuttle to the airport.
Once I got home I literally collapsed. Notice that I didn't do a blog entry last night.
I unpacked my too much stuff that I took with me. Talked with Bill (good to see him again!) and learned what happened while I was gone and if I was missed. No one missed me except Bill (and I him of course) but the world continued to spin whilst I was absent from these parts.
I hadn't eaten all day so I had one of my frozen baggie dinners. Later I called Pat at about nine o'clock. He just got in his door on his neat little street in Toronto. We talked a bit but were both exhausted. The past two weeks were finally catching up to me.
I went to bed and didn't wake up until 9:30 AM or so this morning. I didn't even get up to take a pee. Wow, how long was I running on empty?
So here I am now folks, recovering and planning for next year's trip. Oh yes, we're going back . . . . in January. What a lovely time of year to visit California, in January to get away from the cold and frigid temperatures of the northeast.
Yes folks, a great time was had by all. Just wonderful. Everything and more that I ever hoped it would be.
Below, the legendary Sunset Boulevard. Perhaps not as glamourous as imagined but still pretty exciting. And that was Pat walking ahead of me past the Days Inn (where he stayed at a previous visit). Check out those blue skies folks and palm trees. I love it!