When I was single, I went on a trip with a girlfriend once. It was a ski club trip to Teluride, Colorado and there were about 50 of us on the trip. I can’t recall ever getting on a plane to go on a get away with a girlfriend at any other time in my life. Until now.
When one of my neglected friends back in Columbus decided it was high time for her to take a little time to have a fun for herself given that she’s spent about 30 years dedicating herself to making sure everyone else in her life was having fun, we decided to meet somewhere.
She suggested a spa. I said, “Ahh!” My friend suggested the “New Life Hiking Spa.”
I didn’t need to think it over–anything with the words “hiking” and “spa” in their name was too tempting to miss. Plus, it’s in Vermont–one of the 12 states I’d never been to before.
The hardest part of getting our trip planned was finding time when we could both get on the phone. We must have traded hundreds of emails and text messages trying to figure out an itinerary that would get us both to the Boston airport in time for a final flight to Rutland, Vermont so we could share a shuttle ride from there to Killington, our final destination.
When we called to make a reservation at the spa, the guy on the phone suggested we might find all the travel wasn’t worth it for a 3 night stay given where we were coming from. He didn’t understand that it wasn’t about the destination.
I’ve never much believed in miracles, but I flew from Chattanooga to Atlanta to Boston while my friend flew from Columbus to Philly to Boston and we arrived within 30 minutes of each other with no lost luggage.
We had plenty of time to get to the Cape Air ticketing counter tucked amongst hundreds of JetBlue podiums and kiosks in Terminal C. I can’t recall ever being asked how much I weigh when I checked in before. They weighed everything I was carrying–I don’t know why they didn’t just have me stand on the scale, too, that way they would know I wasn’t lying and I wouldn’t have had to say my weight out loud while others were listening.
When we eventually got on the plane, it seated 9. One passenger rode co-pilot.
I managed to take a few iPhone shots before having to shutdown my phone for the duration, but I longed for my 5D Mark III as we made our way over the mountains in the tiny Cessna with huge windows made for shooting. I can’t recall ever being on a commuter flight that felt like a tour before.
In spite of a little turbulence and the great scenery, I managed to nod off, awakening just in time to see the mountains around Rutland. It may have been my best travel day ever.