Some would think I was lucky, blessed even as my friend Ron and I snuck away before the blizzard noticed we were gone.
That day 4000 flights were cancelled, the airport was “supposed to” be closed until noon. Thousands of people were stranded. Yet, Ron and I made our way to the United gate and checked in to a flight, on time, unaffected by the rest of the world around us.
Is this the Twilight Zone, where we slip through a portal; a rip in reality to get on a flight leaving with it’s final destination 1/2 way around the globe? Maybe a wormhole to New Zealand while the rest of the world struggled under the weight of a nasty blizzard? From 9 below zero to seventy two degrees, trapped in transport for 25 hours, arriving finally was completely uneventful.
But here we are. land of the Kiwi. First stop; Auckland New Zealand and a cheap hotel good enough for a shower and a meal before the touring begins.
Even as I write this short but 1st entry into what I hope will be a tale of travels that lasts several weeks, I think of all I left back home and I miss my sweetheart and my daughter already.