Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Escaped in the Nick Of Time

by Maggie Sefton



Whew!  I made it out of White Plains, New York Sunday evening by the skin of my teeth.  Believe me, I was sitting in Westchester County airport all of Sunday afternoon watching the trees in the distance through the airport windows, afraid that I'd see the treetops begin to sway with the wind that was due to arrive on the edge of Hurricane Sandy.  I wasn't alone in my anxiety, either.  Other novelists who had attended the amazingly information-filled Novelists Inc conference at the White Plains Crowne Plaza were also on the edges of their seats.  So were several businessmen and vacationing families.

We'd all heard from pilots we encountered in the hotel and shuttles to the airport that our 5:00pm flights out to Chicago and elsewhere "should be all right.". Then they all added that later that after that flight, there would be cancellations galore.  We grabbed what encouragement from those few words, but we still watched the trees in the distance, afraid we'd see hurricane winds
 coming.  

Our weather prayers must have been answered because the wind stayed calm and our smaller jet showed up on time and we were loaded on board swiftly and airborne in a matter of minutes.  Whew!  There were a few minutes of bumpiness, then smooth flying to Chicago in the midst of the calm Midwest.  Of course, my flight to Colorado was delayed, but I was no longer in the path of the storm, so that wasn't a big deal.

Have you ever had to escape bad weather while traveling?