It was a minor Christmas miracle. Certainly not like the virgin birth of our Saviour, but still pretty impressive.
One of the benefits of having a son flying for a major airline is the parental flight benefit, assuming seats are available. His airline introduced a non-stop flight from Phoenix to Anchorage that started yesterday, and through the vagaries of crew scheduling, Jeff was the Captain for the inaugural flight. He suggested we try to come to Anchorage for Christmas on that flight if seats were available.
As we watched the loads in the days preceding the flight, it seemed that it would be a workable option, but on the last day, the number of available seats dwindled rapidly and the number of pass travelers increased, making it a pretty long shot. Since we were going to the airport anyway (Jeff had spent the night with us) we packed in the hopes that we would get on.
The crew did their preflight prep and the ticketed passengers all filed down the jetway while the numbers were crunched.
At the last possible moment, we did get on the flight. Center seats in different rows never looked so good! Every available seat was filled.
Landing in Anchorage, the temperature was announced as 0 degrees Farenheit in blowing snow. After clearing snow off his truck, the bags were thrown in the back for the drive home. It was cold enough that they didn't get wet.
Spencer greeted us at the door and immediately, he and BJ started working on a "gingerbread" house.
Today is Spencer's last day at school. Looking forward to a week of fun with the family!
You should have purchased a lottery ticket.:-) Seriously, wishing you, BJ, and all your family a very Merry Christmas......jcReplyDelete
BJ always has that sort of luck when traveling. Me, not so much! Hope you have a blessed Christmas.Delete
Wow! What awesome timing! Looks like you were meant to be with them for Christmas! So happy for you!ReplyDelete
It really is a gift! Meanwhile Kelli & Bryan are home from their honeymoon so Turk is staying with them.Delete
Alaska in December! That's something that I never contemplated! Happy you can enjoy your family during the holidays.ReplyDelete
It's cold but beautiful! Going to be fun with the family,Delete
What a blessing to be able to spend Christmas with your family. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
You're right, it is a blessing! I hope your rig gets finished up and that you can continue westward soon. Blessings to you.Delete
I had to jump over from Al's blog to check this out. Our son is just entering the airline business as a pilot. He is working for Express jet. He was previous an attorney for Delta. Glad you got those two seat! What a great place for Christmas!ReplyDelete
Good luck to your son. As he'll know from his previous job, it's a challenging business!Delete
Looked at your blog - won't be showing BJ the gator & bike pictures or we'll never get to Florida!