Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Escaping the Storm

by Maggie Sefton

This past Sunday afternoon, I jumped into my rental car and drove away from picturesque Charlottesville, VA and headed north on scenic highways back to Dulles airport---all the while hoping I could make it before Winter Storm Virgil arrived in Virginia.  That morning's weather report said Virgil was "on the way." And after seeing what Virgil had done when it slammed into Denver, CO, I wanted to get out of town fast.  I'd seen what happened when winter snowstorms hit airports, and I definitely didn't want to get stranded again.  Not after last December's cancelled flights in Chicago with an airport filled with sick travelers---coughing, sneezing, and spreading germs and stuff all over.  Yuck!

Travel Luck was with me, and I made it to Dulles and was airborn before Virgil made it into Virginia.  However, I had to change planes in Chicago Midway, and visions of being stranded with sick people in a closed airport re-appeared, especially when I saw white spitty snow blowing sideways with the wind outside the airport windows an hour before takeoff.  Thank goodness, the Travel Luck held, and thanks to de-icing, our Southwest flight took off a little later than planned but safely.  Of course, I had a ton of snow to scrape off my car that was parked in the shuttle lot in Fort Collins when I finally got back into town much later that evening.  Brrrrrrrrr!

the record, Folks---The Virginia Festival of the Book was wonderful, and I highly recommend your attending if you get the chance in the future.  It's absolutely free, and the event presents scores of fiction and non-fiction authors.  And the Onmi Hotel is right on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall which is lined with shops and cafes and bookstores and theatres.  You're guaranteed to find lots of things to entertain and delight.

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