2013-08-01a We’re Off!!!

Vacation! I can’t believe that today is the day. It seems like it’s taken forever to get here and now it’s happening too fast. I’m not ready!!!!! Wait!!!

We woke up this morning at 6 a.m. Texas-time and it’s been almost non-stop the entire day. We were a little late in getting away from the house, leaving at 8:40 instead of 8 a.m. It didn’t put us too far behind schedule though and the drive through the new Grapevine mix-master was a breeze … unless you count the wrong lane to stay on Highway 114. Yeah, we ended up on 121 North instead of 114 East-bound but that was easily fixed by taking off at Royal Lane and zooting over to Freeport. From there it was a short jaunt to The Parking Spot and our reserved covered space. Yes, it’s highly important to get covered parking for 20 days in August in Texas!

Checking in to First Class and going through the TSA checkpoint was relatively painless. Ed and I both wear travel vests so that we can just take the vest and shoes off, plunk them in a bucket, and quickly walk through the body scanner. Well, Ed didn’t have to take off his shoes since he’s over 75. He said that age has its advantages in some respects! I, on the other hand, had to shed the shoes and unload the liquids and laptop.

Wait, Ed did forget to put his reading glasses in the vest so he got dinged for that. Oh, and we both forgot his pacemaker. Um, and his belt buckle. Ok, ok, going through TSA was not exactly a breeze but it wasn’t difficult. First Class check-in and the Admiral’s Club were fabulous though!

The flight was uneventful … and I like it that way! We had a 3-hour layover in Washington Dulles Airport. We landed about 3 p.m. and headed to the Duty Free store. There wasn’t anything that I really needed but I did get a new journal so that I could physically write down what was going on and, I was thrilled, it had “London” on the cover!

Then we headed to the British Airways lounge to wait until our flight. Unfortunately, the lounge didn’t open until 3:30 p.m. What?? I can’t imagine any lounge not being open until mid-afternoon, but there is at least one! I have to tell you, though, the B.A. lounge is wonderful! Once checked in at the front desk, it was just a matter of where we wanted to sit. Do you want to sit in comfortable chairs overlooking the pedestrian walkway inside the terminal, people-watching? Or would you rather sit in comfortable chairs overlooking the airplanes? Or would you prefer sitting in the food area at a high table with bar stools? Yeah, we opted for the comfortable chairs overlooking the planes. We were the first ones in the Club World lounge and, telling a waiter that we were new to the B.A. lounge, we were informed that everything in their lounge is free. Free light meals, free coffee and water and soft drinks, free wine, free hard liquor, free beer, and even a free buffet with real, hot food.

Ed asked for a gin and tonic and the waiter said we could make it ourselves or he would be glad to make it for us. Yes, all the bottles were right there in easy reach. The waiter directed us to the comfy chairs, picked out a seat for us, and placed Ed’s drink on our own table in between the two chairs. I went back to see what they had to drink and when the waiter got to champagne, I grinned and grudgingly okayed that selection. Yes, the British Airways lounge is now our favorite spot in ANY airport! I wonder how expensive it is to join so we can go even if we AREN’T flying on their planes???

Oh, yes, this vacation is starting out just fine!


2 responses to “2013-08-01a We’re Off!!!

  1. Sounds like fun so far! Bon Voyage!

  2. Can’t wait to hear about this vacation; sounds like great fun!