It was nice to see Chicago in the rear view mirror. The heat was unbearable. The Chicago Marathon was about to take place and consumed the city. 45,000 runners to run in the race. We talked to lots of the participants and they were nervous about how hot and humid it was going to be. (Update on marathon: they had to stop it mid race due to the excess heat and number of runners down with heat stroke). We had a great time but the timing to leave was good.
So I would like to share what all happened to us while traveling on this trip. It took us 25 hours to get home from Chicago. WOW!
- Tuesday morning we left our house at 6 am for the relatively short flight to Chicago.
- Minneapolis airport closed...waited hours to take off from Idaho Falls
- Circle over Minneapolis airport due to heavy rain
- Land in heavy rain
- Flight to Chicago was cancelled
- Wait hours for the next flight. Very rough flight to Chicago
- Luggage trapped in overhead bin...took 1/2 hour for service men to get it out
- Saturday afternoon started return trip to Idaho, left Chicago in record heat wave
- Fly to Minneapolis
- Flight to Idaho Falls cancelled just when we were ready to board
- Northwest Airline told us they would not get us our luggage, they would not provide a Hotel room, no meal voucher, no little toiletry kits (this was at 10 pm) Another passenger told us that her coworkers call Northwest...Northworst.
- Up at 5:30 am to head back to airport. No breakfast is available this early
- No reservations had been made by Northwest on Delta (told us they had) Not sure where our luggage our is. Delta cannot find out where they put it.
- Fly to Salt Lake City (they no longer feed you on flights)
- Barely make it to Idaho Falls flight, no time to eat yet (we did get a bag of peanuts that have maybe 10 peanuts.
- Confusion on plane as to how many passengers should be on board. Wait 45 minutes while they try to resolve this issue. Pilot announces that the Circus act is over and we will now be able to depart.
- Arrive in Idaho Falls 25 hours after leaving Chicago. No luggage arrived.
- Takes one hour to file missing luggage reports. Nobody is helpful and not sure where the luggage is.
- Luggage never did make it back to us yet. So sad. Jeff's new clothes in it.
So we left record breaking heat to arrive in serious snow. We were saddened to see the major damage to the trees in Rexburg. The snow was so heavy and the leaves still on the trees caused them to break off due to weight. It looks like a tornado went through town.