I might have jinxed myself. Just maybe. I took this picture and posted it on Facebook on Friday when I left Minneapolis for Dothan, Alabama. I wrote “it’s always good when you see your suitcase being loaded”. That’s mine—the red one with Travel Queen pink luggage tag along side the green smiley tag and Delta Gold Medallion member tag. (Never mind that my Delta status ends at the end of February and I will be back down to being no status).
I might have gotten a bit over confident. After all it has been a long time since my luggage went on an adventure without me. I have always gotten it back eventually. Never actually lost a bag despite one going to Australia on a totally different airline than I had traveled on. They have all been reunited with me after some fashion. So maybe I was gloating a bit too much and the baggage gods decided to take me down a few notches.
My flight to Atlanta was easy and then a couple hour wait to board the flight to Dothan where my true love awaited me. And then it happened. The flight was canceled. No more flights that night and I was rebooked on the afternoon flight the next day. Sigh. There was talk about some equipment malfunction. No one seemed to know the whole story and the Delta staff was baffled by the message that they saw on their screen. Of course it was a weird situation and not weather related so there was no possibility of getting out that night. I was not alone as all the flights to Dothan had been canceled all day long so folks kept getting bumped to later flights and we were all in the same boat.
After making a few calls, talking to a few people I decided to rent a car and drive the 3 hours and 15 minutes so I could get to Dothan that night. There was a car available so all I had to do was get my suitcase and get going. And there was the problem. Because it was early enough that it was not departure time the suitcase could not be released off the plane and there was no indication of when that would be so we decided to file a delayed baggage claim and have it come to me on the next flight out. I did all the right things, followed all the protocol, informed everyone who needed to know that I was driving instead and got my car and headed out. I stopped at a trusty Rite Aid on the way to pick up just a few items that I knew I would need that I did not have and I arrived at The Love Nest (as we call our temporary rental home). All was well.
Waking up the next morning was wonderful. The skies were sunny and warm.
The hubby wore shorts.
Knowing that the earliest flight that my suitcase could be on was at 1 pm we spent the morning running errands, buying furniture and taking care of business that needed done.
Tracking my bag became a bit of a game and the weather information system that was causing the problem at the Dothan airport was still not fixed by the National Weather Service so no flights were coming or going. The Delta app was whack. My bag suddenly disappeared from the tracking system. Delayed baggage. Lost luggage. Phone calls were made. No answers.
Sunday morning more phone calls. Flights are supposedly going out so they told me the suitcase which has been queued up for about 4 different flights is coming today. I can feel it in my bones.
In the meantime I am going to enjoy my back yard and my husband.
And wait patiently for the birds to come visit.
Sunday afternoon update: It arrived. All is well in the universe.
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Better late than never…. and what a great idea to drive!
it was not a bad drive and I had driven it before a month before so I knew it was not a bad drive so it made sense to try it. Especially since I wouldn’t have gotten to Dothan until Sunday afternoon the way things played out!
I’ve never been able to travel much. I did go to the mall, however. Two years ago.
That made me giggle, Carl! Travel isn’t for everyone but I do love it. I love the people watching at airports and the whole experience. Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve only had luggage lost once on a trip to California, and it was delivered to the hotel during the night. It makes for some red tape that no one really wants to deal with, that’s for sure.
Glad yours is back with you, and I’m betting you don’t go around posting pics of your luggage being loaded on a plane again!!
You are right! I got too cocky about it, didn’t I???? 🙂
Alls well that ends well. And at least you didn’t end up sleeping at an airport. I wish I was in AL…my husband is there, in Dadeville, helping my sister on her remodeling project over in Columbus GA. They would have put you up for the night, but it’s two hours from the airport and by then you’d almost be home in Dothan anyway!
Oh wow—sounds like your husband has a good heart to be helping your sister with a remodel! It all ended well and quite honestly it was not that big of a deal since I have a lot of stuff already here at the house. I have added a few more things so that I have everything I need here now and can travel lighter. 🙂
Quite the adventure! As one who has done no/little air traveling, I’m not sure that dealing with crowded airports, delays, etc is something I find too appealing. I/we would rather drive on those somewhat rare occasions that moving our ‘bods’ from point A to point B is necessary! As frequently as you travel, planes are a must for you!!!!
It is almost always an adventure but it’s all good. I love to people watch and that is part of the fun. 🙂
I do, also, but I prefer other occasions to do it!!!!! Sounds like you are quite busy in Dothan!!!!!
It is going to be a very fun week even though Chris will be very busy I am going to have a great time. A bit rainy today so I will be doing some reading and writing I think!
Glad your baggage finally arrived. ALso nice to see that you didn’t get all wrapped up in negative emotional baggage too. Best wishes, your smile, energy, enthusiasm and compassion has truly been a blessing in my life. I know that going forward you will open many new doors and share all those wonderful qualities with so many others in your life’s journey. God Bless.
Glad you got your bag and more importantly, glad you are with your love!
Good news. Enjoy your stay.
I see you had a bit of an unsettling weekend, too. My camera died. Could not be repaired at a reasonable cost for a camera its age. I now have a new (used) Canon. You know how much I like change. Not. And spending a lot of money. Not.
The story does not end there. On the drive home from Burnsville, I was playing with my camera. We drove into Elko and I shot some pix of old buildings, etc., Then I noticed every single frame had a line across it. Back to Burnsville. A long piece of hair was stuck inside the camera.
Last evening I discover that the manual is written only in Spanish. I don’t read Spanish.
Oh my. My weekend was nothing big—it was all part of the story and I honestly didn’t get bent out of shape because this stuff happens. People can be so nasty to the airline employees when things like this happen and it is out of their control so if I can I try to bend over backwards to accommodate and be nice. I am so sorry about the camera. Ugh. Email coming!
I’m glad that you finally did get your luggage. What a great attitude you had in the meantime.
It is just life and I was going to see my husband so all was well. I knew I had stuff to wear when I got there and all I had to do was pick up a few items so I would not scare people in the meantime. 🙂 Life is too short to get your panties in a bunch over things that you have no control over.
Very true and I’m glad that you got to be with your love. When does the big move happen or do you know yet?
Gotta sell the Iowa house and considering it is not back on the market yet it will be awhile. But in the meantime we have a great rental house that is perfect for us.
It’s tough eh?! I’m glad that you have the rental you’re happy with to tide you over. Prayers to be able to sell your home soon!
Clever of you to decide to drive. Glad the suitcase found you. Don´t take anymore pictures though of it being loaded OK. 🙂
I learned my lesson. The hard way. 🙂
They should have GPS for luggage! 🙂
Glad you and your bag were reunited finally.
I am so pleased you finally got to your new home safely. I always am kind of concerned when when you are traveling by yourself.
Life has a way of reminding us that it isn’t all about us. We are not in control, except of our own self. Glad you got it back!
That is exactly right, McGuffy Ann. I realize that more and more each day and things like this make me even more aware that I need to relinquish a bit of that control when i can. 🙂
I’ve always heard if we only knew the route our suitcases took – my oh my what a trip! Yep, just let it go and so glad you were able to roll with the punches. Hope you have a wonderful week together.
I have thankfully never lost my luggage. but then again, I also have not traveled that much either. I did almost lose a box of live lobster once though! that was not really fun at all — that’s an expensive “loss.”
And that is why I’m strictly a carry-on girl. Now I’m trying to get my carry-on weight under 22 lbs (the limit in Europe) for my upcoming trip to Ireland.
I do at times but was bringing stuff to AL for the house here. I don’t always pack lightly enough.
Glad you got your bag back! I’ve only ever lost one bag, a long time ago. It went to Zurich instead of coming back with me to Miami. Not sure how that happened…
Glad you were reunited with your luggage before you had to go home!
It’s always an adventure with me, isn’t it? Gee whiz. I need a little less adventure at times.
LOL But then you wouldn’t be Beth Ann. 😉
Really, you got a luggage tag for your bag going missing? Seems a little inadequate to me.