Sunday, May 17, 2009
Question Of The Week
When Carter was 2, we took our first family vacation. 11 days in California....visiting family....Disneyland, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, California Adventure, and Legoland....beach, sun and fun! We planned for months. I shopped for months. We were ready.
While waiting to board our flight, we were paged to the desk and told to please follow the attendant....something had happened to our luggage. The airline had spilled jet fuel on 3 out of the 4 bags we had checked, destroying every item we packed. Favorite clothes, worn in and perfectly fitting Birkenstocks, newly bought items for the trip. Gone. For good. We were speechless!
For the following 7 hours, we proceeded to sort and inventory our possessions....sitting in the DFW loading area below the main level.....inhaling gas fumes....trying to reason this whole situation out......all the while keeping a 2 year old busy in an airport with no help and experience in travel with a child, much less a situation like this! After a full day of chaos, the next morning negotiating with Delta reps for an immediate reimbursement (instead of their usual protocol....fill out this form and receive a check in 4-6 weeks), and a day shopping to replace what we had lost, we proceeded with our trip and it was fantastic. But, it certainly started off like a nightmare!
After this incident, Blake and I went through a string of bad luck....delayed luggage on a ski trip to Utah....no shuttle waiting for us in Mexico as scheduled....etc. We thought we were cursed for a while!
***What is your worst travel experience? Or best? Or most eventful?