The flight to Orlando goes off without a hitch. That much we get. At that point, the most annoying part of our journey is the fact that our connecting flight in Orlando — which will bring us to our first destination in Salt Lake City — was delayed by 45 minutes. But we board without issue and I’m already looking forward to when we land — when we can pick up the rental car and drive to our hotel and rest our travel-weary heads before embarking on our mini-road trip across Idaho and into Montana. I’m already looking forward to the dawning of the next day, when the sun will peak over the mountains of Utah and we start our adventure. We’re two days out from our 6-year wedding anniversary and my head & heart are filled with what we will do.
As we’re preparing for takeoff — as we are literally preparing for takeoff, plane on the runway, engines firing — the captain comes on and tells us we have to turn back to the gate. Something is wrong with the air conditioning system.
We return back to the gate. We wait in the plane, all the while a very upbeat captain with a slight brogue tells us that it shouldn’t take long — and that he doesn’t want to deboard the plane over something as minor as making sure the cooling and heating systems are working.
Twenty minutes later, we have to deboard the plane. Continue reading