Well, first let me apologize that there are no photos as proof of our first day adventure. Let me start with our morning off....Tracey and I decided to take the Robert Q from London to Detroit together to just save the hassles of driving. It was well worth it and quite a relaxing trip (thanks Tracey!) Tracey was actually booked on the 7:15 to SLC and I was to be on the 5:15......isn't she a great friend to travel together. We enjoyed a great lunch at the airport, wandered around and eventually more of our team joined us (plus new friends Jamilla, Denise and Natasha). We were chatting away and next thing you know....our flight was delayed. Ok, that's fine....little glitch. Ten minutes later the flight has been cancelled and there are no flights being rescheduled. So there were a plane full of grown men and women racing across the terminal to gate A43 to try and get the "best" flight to SLC. Once we got there, we were all assigned flights for TUESDAY to get to SLC....really, we wanted to enjoy a day....but safety first.....so here we are in Detroit.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the eight of us that got "stuck" taking non direct flights to eventually land in SLC....I'm heading to Memphis with a 30 minute layover to connect to SLC...wish me luck!!!! Some are going through Chicago and others through Denver. Here's hoping we all end up in SLC by 4 so we can enjoy a night there!
In the meantime, our night has been an adventure. First we were told we can get our luggage and would take an hour. Then we went to get our luggage and we were told it would take up to three hours with no guarantees of getting the luggage to us, which could mean it won't arrive at our final destination. Plan B...no luggage! So, we headed to the hotel that we were given a voucher for. We went into our rooms and we all quietly said, maybe it wasn't the place for us (meaning UGH!!!!) We thought we'd try dinner at the hotel so as we are heading down, Renee and I said truly things could be worse and honestly just as I said that the power went out!!! REALLY!!! So it was out for about two minutes and we headed down to the restaurant (that had about 20 customers and one waitress). She seemed nice enough but WAY over worked and really not too keen or interested SO up we got.
Well, all of this was a sign to us and we packed up our luggage...I mean carry on bags....which by the way, mine has a camera, computer and a magazine....NO clean clothes or bathroom stuff....what was I thinking...and headed off to Springhill Marriott! (My downline Marja only had her Big Shot and swaps so I suppose I wasn't the worst off!) We were welcomed here with open arms, a free pizza and a clean comfy room! What fun!
Then we had the best dinner, actually the BEST waitress, at the Sportsbar Grill. We all ate amazing meals, had great conversation and truly wonderful staff that had us laughing all night! Now we were well fed, and on a mission....clean underwear! There's a Meijer not far from the hotel so we went and did a little shopping to at least feel sortof clean and kept for tomorrow! What fun! We truly did have a great night....we had fun together, laughed and it was a great (well, great might be a stretch....but fun!) way to start our Convention 2011 adventure! Here's hoping Tuesday is a little less eventful!!! I'll keep you posted!