We arrived in Salt Lake pretty much on time.
Iíve been to the Salt Lake airport two or three times now. But its been upgraded a bit in the last 12 years too.
This was the first thing I saw when I walked into the terminal.
It was still early. Around 8:30 AM California time. So I grabbed breakfast.... at Burger King.
After breakfast I headed back to the gate I was leaving out of.
Nice pretty, big plane. To bad Iím not flying on that one....
Wandered over to the gate to see how things were. Yes!! Flight 3743 On time!
Since I still had some time before I had to board, I did a bit of wandering. Checked out the gift shop.... noted that the bottled water in the vending machines here was only $1.75 while in Palm Springs the same water was $2.50... Palm Springs seems to think itís Disneyland or something.
The rest of the time I just sat and watched the masses of humanity wading to their personal destinations. I had a book with me, but it was intersting to just watch and wonder at the myriad of stories that were migrating through the airport. Families, single people, fire fighters, military people.... everyone headed to or from home or destinations unknown.
And the traffic patterns inside of the airport, are almost as interesting as outside. It would be quiet and slow, then there would be 5 or 6 gates loading at the same time... then it would slow down again.... I guess Iím just easily entertained!
At 11:00 they began boarding. I would be departing from ďdoorĒ 19. Sounded more like a game show than a airline.
My next chariot.
Once I was on the pilot came on and told us we would be delayed a few minutes while they refuelled. Apparently there was another flight that was late and the fuel crew was running behind. Hey, no problem. Iíd rather take off with a full tank... er... tanks as it were.
We taxied out and waited in line for our turn to take off.
And we waited. And waited. And waited.
Sorry for the delay ladies and gentlemen, weíre dealing with a maintenance issue and weíll be underway as soon as we get it cleared up....
Maintenance? We are late getting started for refuelling and you wait until we taxi out onto the runway a half hour away from the terminal and now you are working on a maintenance issue????
Some time passes....
Ok folks, weíve got the maintenance issue taken care of, but now the wind has shifted and they are having us take off from a different runway....
Excuse me, is there a bus from Salt Lake to McKinnleyville?
Well we did manage to get off the ground and on our way.
Of course we canít leave Salt Lake without a picture of.... the Lake.
Instead of pretty fluffy clouds, a good part of the way across Nevada was a brownish grey haze, caused by all of the fires in Nor Cal.
Still there were a few interesting sites.
Snow, on what I think was part of the Rockies
And... Kitty!!!! Seriously... with a bit of imagination, you can see a kitty! Ok, I can see a kitty.