“If your flight doesn’t take off today, it will probably be one week until you can fly again.”

What it looked like outside the Houghton County Airport at 2:15 p.m. yesterday

Kathy and Barry arrived at the Houghton County Airport (CMX in case you’re looking up airport codes) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula yesterday afternoon.  Their first boarding passes declared they were bound for ORD.  (As some of you might know, ORD stands for Chicago, USA.)

As Kathy and Barry approached the airport, they noticed it was snowing–again.  Here it is late April.  They think it is far too late for snow.  They think it should cease and desist–immediately. Houghton County airport sits atop an unprotected hill north of Hancock.  The wildest snows and the most ferocious winds blow here.  Fliers be forewarned.

OK, it looks like it's clearing up a little. MAYBE we'll get to fly out...

Barry said,  “We’re not going anywhere.”

Optimistic world-traveler Kathy replied, “You can’t think that way when you travel.  Anything happens.  Let’s just wait and see.”

Snow thickens. 

They enter security.  Kathy gets patted down, gently.  She doesn’t mind.  The security folks at CMX are the kind of people you want to take home for dinner.

After an interminable wait the loudspeaker cackles, “Folks going to Chicago on Flight–(whatever the flight was)–your plane has been diverted to Wausau (Wisconsin) because of the wind and visibility.  Once there they will decide whether they will return to this airport.”

Barry looks at Kathy.  Kathy looks at Barry.

Waiting, waiting. Will we stay or will we go?

They decide for Kathy to re-trace steps backwards through the security and gates and talk with a ticket agent.  The security folks allow, with a friendly smile.

The ticket agent says, “I am sorry.  If this plane doesn’t go out today, you’ll probably have to wait until next Tuesday.  This weekend is Michigan Tech University graduation and all the flights are overbooked.”  (That is exactly one week away.)

A plane hath landed! Will it go up in the air again in the snow?

It doesn’t look good, does it? Kathy re-traces her steps back into the security area. Kathy and Barry sit. Barry takes out the camera and starts taking pictures because optimistic Kathy is starting to feel pessimistic.

Suddenly–just when all hope is waning!–a plane lands!! Out of the blue. No announcement or anything. It’s THE plane for Chicago! Turns out it never went to Wausau at all. It was in the friendly skies, circling three times above CMX, trying to decide when to angle downward between snowdrops and wind gusts. It lands! Fifty passengers are happier than happy.

Passengers disembarking

Barry and Kathy and forty-eight other passengers board the little jet.  Then wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Beyond the allowable time to meet one’s next connection.  The de-icer machine comes out and sprays the jet with green de-icer to eliminate built-up snow and ice.  Then it sprays with orange de-icer.  The salt trucks are spraying the runways, out in the distance.

Finally, it looks like the plane will rise in the sky.  But will it STAY in the sky?  The flight attendant gives us a stern talking-to:  “Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot stress this enough.  Put on your seatbelts, buckle them tightly, and Do Not Leave Your Seats until if and when the captain takes off the “fasten seat belt sign”.  It was a bumpy turbulent trip in, and I suspect it will be the same leaving.”

Ahhh, what confidence the passengers now have in the flight!  Everyone buckles in tightly and watches the snow envelop the plane.    Will the plane rise?  Will it make it to Chicago?  Will Kathy and Barry arrive at their destination, along with the other forty-eight passengers?

Where are Kathy and Barry this morning anyway? Are they still stuck in a snowstorm somewhere?

OK, OK, readers, Kathy is just teasin’ you all!  We’ve safely arrived.  Our second plane was delayed two hours before leaving Chicago, so we arrived here at 9:30 p.m. and fell asleep by midnight (Kathy, that is, fell asleep by midnight).  But that’s another story.  Stay tuned.  I have flower pictures for you blooming in the folder, awaiting to usurp the spring snowstorm and flight melodrama. 

Until soon…from somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

P.S.  for some crazy reason Kathy can’t get the comments to work even though she’s checked the appropriate buttons!  Will try again later…

P.S.S.   4:12 p.m.  After reading the WordPress forums for ten minutes, she finally discovered a backhanded way to turn on comments.  Phew!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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28 Responses to “If your flight doesn’t take off today, it will probably be one week until you can fly again.”

  1. Your sure the comments are working? None so far…

  2. Ah, they do work. Glad you made it safe and sound. It’s been a wild few days. Sounds like you are in a warmer place. Enjoy!

    • Kathy says:

      Scott, they promise that the comments are working today–we’ll see! It was kinda unnerving writing a blogging and not getting any feedback. Almost another world… Have you ever had it happen to you (or chosen to leave the comments off?)

  3. Susan D says:

    Where ARE you? Guess I won’t be seeing you Friday at the school … I’m glad for you. Are you in peach country? Just have a wonderful time, you and The Barry, wherever ya are. I LOVE the pictures. Really capture the feel of our weather. Many hugs and wishes to you for fun…

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Ms. D! We are in Watkinsville, Georgia, near Athens (2 hours northeast of Atlanta). Visiting Barry’s folks. Peach country indeed! Red clay! Tornadoes…yikes…

  4. P.j. grath says:

    Ah, I already know where you are, but it was a good story, anyway!

  5. Where did you go, did I miss something? (I admit, if there is a LOT to read, I sometimes just skim through the posts *blush*)
    Glad you made it safely.

    • Kathy says:

      You didn’t miss anything, Micheala. I haven’t told! (Sometimes I skim, too. How else would we read everyone’s blogs? I keep vowing to read more carefully, though.)

  6. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy, I’m so glad you made it safely…and hopefully wherever you are now the weather is grand! There is so much bad weather down south!! Be safe and have a wonderful time away!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Brenda. The weather yesterday durning the day was grand. Last night in the middle of the night–not so grand. Tornado warnings. Crazy weather everywhere it seems! Thank you for your well wishes.

  7. Colleen says:

    Does it feel a bit surreal?

    Looking forward to those blooming flowers 🙂

    • Colleen says:

      We’re seeing some pretty fierce storms in your general area. Hope all is well. Stay safe!

    • Kathy says:

      You know, Colleen, it should feel surreal, shouldn’t it? I dunno…to me it always feels like whatever is arising in the moment is just what it is. Everything changes so quickly. Snowstorms, blooming flowers, tornadoes. Here today, gone tomorrow. Blooming flowers in queue! If I can respond to 35 comments & emails first.

      • Colleen says:

        Kathy, I am always reminded and inspired by your willingness to live so much in the moment! It was ME that felt a sense of the surreal around that storm….funny, as we are so far away 🙂

  8. Dawn says:

    Glad you’re wherever you are safely..and glad it’s warm…and glad there are flowers. And maybe when you get back the snow will be permanently ..until Sept anyway…gone!

    • Kathy says:

      I am hoping that snow will be gone, Dawn. There were rumors that more snow was predicted for today up there in the Wild North. Who knows? I am boycotting checking the weather at home and enjoying–well, perhaps “enjoying” isn’t quite the appropriate word–the weather here in Georgia.

  9. Kiah says:

    Be safe Mama! Storms headed your way… love you. xo

    • Kathy says:

      Mama, Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma are safe, Kiah. We only spent ten minutes huddled in the bathroom around 1:30 a.m. (yawn…What a night!)

  10. Robin says:

    You are a braver woman than I’ll ever be. I don’t think I would have been able to get on the plane in that kind of weather, and probably would have fainted after instructions like that from the flight attendant.

    I am so glad you arrived safely, and hope you’re enjoying wherever you happen to be.

    • Kathy says:

      You get used to it, Robin. If you don’t brave these crazy trips out of the U.P., you’d never go anywhere. And for a world traveler like moi, it’s a necessity! (Ha ha, world traveler…that’s kinda a joke.) In the old days I might have fainted, too. Now I nonchalantly said to Barry, “If it’s our time to die, it’s our time to die.” (I’d probably be screaming as the plane plummeted; so much for courage and brave words.)

  11. Carol says:

    Ahhh yes, Mother Nature and her evil sense of humor. I’m glad you made it to your destination south of the Mason-Dixon line, but hearing weather news from there I’m wondering if that’s a good thing. Be safe!

    • Kathy says:

      smiling…her “evil” sense of humor. That’s one way of putting it… We’re safe, although it looked questionable for a few minutes around here early Thursday morning. Thank you, Carol.

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    My oh my, de-icing planes in April… Glad you’re safe and sound and none the worse for wear!

    • Kathy says:

      Barry kept saying, “They’ve de-iced the plane THREE times!” Can you believe it? In April, nonetheless! (Bet they didn’t have to de-ice your train, lol)

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