Earlier this month I headed back to the Mid-West and visited my family in Detroit. It was a great experience catching up, hanging out and getting to see a little more of the city. For me, I tend to worry about flying back East in the winter when storms can have significant impacts on your flights. But flying in June I was expecting some smooth sailing.
This was far from the truth in many ways. When I arrived at the airport, on a Monday evening, there were hundreds of people in the Southwest lines, turns out people had been delayed and canceled over the last couple days.
Once we got to the gate things continued to get more and more confusing. My flight was heading to Chicago and then I was staying on the plane home to Sacramento. Well after changing gates twice, and being delayed an hour, they announced that the flight would no longer be stopping in Chicago. Unfortunately, Midway was shut down due to tornados in the area.
An Empty Flight
I was lucky that it turned out they needed to get the plane to the West Coast and they flew about 20 of us back to California. There was no one else in any of the exit rows and only two people further back in the plane than I was. I was both calming and kind of creepy, since I am used to having no personal space at all while flying, and definitely not quiet.
The flight attendants seemed happy to have a relaxing flight, and while we hit a lot of turbulence the flight itself was uneventful.
Since we cut out stopping in Chicago, even though we left three hours late we only arrived an hour after we were scheduled to land.
Chasing the Sun
With our delay, we had the rare chance to truly chase the sunset across the country. It was just starting as I took off from Detroit around 8 pm and I watched the sky continue to change until about an hour before landing on California. While I wish I hadn’t checked my real camera I tried and capture the experience from my phone.
I’ve seen beautiful sunsets from the sky before but I’ve never had a five hour one. Thanks to the storms in Chicago, it felt as if I had a plane to myself and got a beautiful show from nature. What unique flight experience and stories have you had?