Saturday morning July 21stwe jumped into Hi Ho Silver
and our chauffeur Steve Klem took us to the airport where got on a Delta A319 Airbus
and headed to SLC. While we were waiting to board Barbara got us breakfast. She wanted me to think we were headed to Hawaii to she got the Hawaii McDonald’s breakfast, white rice, fried Spam and scrambled eggs. Quite tasty. Since I was slow in getting our seat assignment we did not get two seats together nor did we get an aisle like Barbara likes. Here is where Delta scores the first of many good deeds. When we got to the gate, the agent call our name and when I went up there she gave us new boarding passes together and upgraded us to Economy Comfort seats including as aisle at no charge. (they are normally $29.00 each)
We had a 2.5 hour lay over before we got on the Delta Connection RCJ 200
headed for ABQ. While we were waiting a very nice gate agent told us they were overbooked (surprise, surprise, surprise) and if we wanted to give up our two seats we would get $200 Delta credit each and meal vouchers and confirmed on the next flight only 1.5 hours away. Since we did not have to be in ABQ at any particular time, we said yes. But when they were ready to board they only needed one so we did not get the offer. It does not take long to board 50 passengers so off we went to ABQ, traded our “baby jet” for a Mazda 6 (they call this a full size car),
had diner at a local truck stop and then on to our motel for a quick check-in.
The purpose of our trip was to watch Brooklyn ride in the Youth National Championship Horse Show
Next morning we were up at o’dark thirty (who rides at 8AM on a Sunday morning) so we could meet Brooklyn for breakfast at 7AM. We got exhibitor’s parking passes so into the show grounds we went. Then on to a side road with a lady guarding the way in. I asked if there was handicap parking down there and she says she did not know but we could go look. We drove straight to the Horse arena front door and parked. Brooklyn rode at 8AM and did well and went through to the next round.
We watched a couple more events then on to find church. On the way Barbara got VERY bad stomach cramps, so bad in fact that I took her to the University of New Mexico Medical Center ER. Readers Digest version. Checked in at 11AM, sat in the waiting room until 6PM (they did keep checking on her and the pain had eased), went into an exam room at 6PM and the Dr. saw her at 9PM and admitted her to the hospital at 5AM. They are very through there and they ran many tests and she was discharged about 5PM Tuesday. Love those beds that keep airing up and changing the support spots. Barbara is fine and all they could figure after MANY exams and at least 6 quarts of blood (well maybe not quite 6) was that she has some sort of intestinal virus that the antibiotics fixed in the 2+ days she was there.
On Monday while Barbara was being well looked after I went to watch Brooklyn ride again. Did not do well but that is only because the judges were BLIND.
After Brooklyn rode she went up to see grandma and made some friends for her from some PURPLE exam gloves
filled with water and faces drawn on them.
Monday evening the group from Melville stables
invited me to go to dinner with them to a local “hot spot” the “Le Pinto” in NW ABQ.
Nice looking place and though we had thunder storms and it was a Monday evening they were busy. I requested a table for 12 and in a timely manner we got to sit out in the covered patio. Nice old Spanish style building and the wait staff were great.
This is the end of the good story. When we go to our table they only had settings for 11 not the 12 we had requested. It took ages for the drinks to arrive. 2 of the 12 meals were sent back as they were not as ordered, we asked for extra salsa twice and none arrived. I had the “House Specialty” Chile con Carne Enchiladas and not only was it not tasty, it had set under the heat lamp way too long and the cheese was hard and crusted. The final decision is that none of us would probably go back.
On now to Tuesday and Barbara coming out of the hospital, we left about 5PM and went straight to get her something to eat as she had not eaten since 7AM Sunday. Back to the motel and she went to sleep at 7:30 PM and got up at 9:30 (AM) Wednesday.
We went to watch Brooklyn ride twice that afternoon. Once the horse played up
and then once again we had the blind judges.
We picked Brooklyn up from their hotel and we went to dinner, although she had found the in house bakery and some very good cake before we got there so she did not each much. Dropped her off and we went back to get some more sleep.
Thursday Brooklyn left for home and Barbara and I went exploring. We found more of the old Route 66
and found a Sonics and happy hour and a couple of HUGE LDS chapels. Back to the motel and some TV and laundry.
Friday we did some more exploring (that is code for garage saleing, flea markets and trading posts). More sightseeing enjoying more of the 95 degree very dry weather. And more of Route 66
We found a new and interesting High School in SW ABQ. The Atrisco Heritage High School. Ahahighschool.com Check it out.
When I went to check in with Delta on Friday evening they again became heroes. In the middle of the things you need to click on to get checked in was a banner that asked if we wanted to upgrade to First Class from SLC to SEA as there are no first class on the RCJ 200’s. The cost was $75.00 per person. Now it cost us $25.00 per bag to check the two bags coming down and we bought another bag there to bring home the extra goodies (See Friday activity) So that was $150.00 – $85.00 for checking 3 bags in economy and then if we upgraded to Economy Comfort for another $58.00 for two that makes it $3.50 each to go to first class. This was a no brain er and when you figure the cost of the free booze in first class (oh wait we don’t drink). Anyway it was a very nice upgrade. Delta rules!!!
Saturday was filled with last minute details. While I went to check in the car, Barbara checked the bags. As we had not been assigned seats together (because of my slow actions before we left) the very nice agent changed our seats and gave us 1 A & B,
leg room on the bulkhead. Delta strikes again!!!
As we went through security the gloves the TSA agents were using was a brand named “Better Feel”. I don’t care who you are that is funny.
The only thing that would have made this flight any better was if our friend and Captain for Sky West had been our pilot.
SLC was a quick connection and we got from terminal E last gate to C 07 just as they called first class. Great seats and comfort home on a local built 757
When we got to SEA our son Stephen and his family met us and hauled us home. Stephen even carried the VERY heavy bags up stairs so we could unpack in the morning.