New York Vacation: Oct 9 Day Six - On the way home!

Oct 9 Day Six – Yeah! We get to go Home!

I had set the alarm (correctly this time) for 7:30 a.m. Our flight was leaving at 12:55 p.m. and I figured it would take time to get a taxi, drive to the airport and get through Security. I groggily climbed out of bed about 8 ish after slapping the snooze button half a dozen times, before just turning the durn thing off. I showered, got dressed, ready to go and ate some cheerios while Father took his shower. Father ate the rest of the fruit loops and we finished packing up. Finally got James up, dressed and ready to go and we were ready to leave at 10:00. We headed downstairs and checked out. The bellhop offered to get us a cab and told the door man to take care of it.

The door man pointed across the street to a stretch limousine and asked if we would like a ride to the airport in style and for only $45.00. Shoot! At that point, I didn’t care what it cost and accepted the offer. We gave the door man a generous tip and off we went. It only took us about 25 minutes to get to the airport, 5 minutes to check in and 5 minutes to get through security. 

Okay – now we have 2 hours to wait for the plane. I settled down to read “the Alchemist” and Father and James went over to the other side of the waiting area to watch planes take off and land.
We board on time and James gets to check out the cockpit. We had a 2 ½ hour flight to Chicago arriving at 2:30 with a one hour layover. 

I finished the Alchemist during the first leg of the trip. We have to go into a 30 minute flight holding pattern because of wind sheers at the Chicago airport. When we are cleared for landing, the captain announces “you are on the honor system because the flight attendants won’t be walking through to check your seatbelts?” We land safely, find our next gate and off I went to Hudson News to find another book. (do you think I read too fast?)

I found an interesting book by Julia Navarro called “The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud.” It is a story about “the Holy Shroud of Turin and those who will stop at nothing to possess its legendary power” and combines two stories: the beginning and following the shroud from the death of Jesus with the present time with detectives attempted to solve and stop whoever is trying to steal the shroud. It is artfully blended and a very interesting story, so far.

We board at 3:30 and off we go for a 4 hour 22 minute flight back home to Sacramento. The in-flight movie was Harry Potter and the flight of the Phoenix. Not really an appropriate movie for James, but Father and I wanted to watch it because we hadn’t seen it yet. I tried to get James interesting in watching one of his Dora movies, but he wanted to watch Harry Potter. Father said to let him watch and gave him some headphones. 

James completely lost interest midway through the movie, which was fine by me and just vegged. I don’t think he understood most of what was going on and it was hard using the headphones because we were in the very back of the plane where it was the noisiest. Both Father and I agreed we will have to buy or rent the movie and watch it again.Then they showed some wonderful violent tv program after that which miffed the heck out of me. Fortunately James was distracted by something and didn’t watch it.

We went through this once before when we flew and complained, but neither the airlines nor the network will take responsibility for the content of what is shown on the plane. You have a captive audience of all age groups and you’d think they would be sensitive to that and show family friend fare.

We made it back, got our luggage, out to the car in record time and arrived home around 7:00 p.m. Luna was at the door to greet us and gave us lots of loves. 

James is declaring he will never travel again, but I am sure he will change his mind – eventually.


  1. Loved reading this! and seeing all your pictures! I love NYC and we want to take our boys there, but thank you for reminding me of the reality of travelling with children. I'm glad you had a good time overall. Thanks for sharing!

    Kristiana from the WTM boards

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