*Note: Cindy forwarded the email, so here is Mom and Dad’s account of the first travel day. –Jim*
After you left us last night, we got our boarding passes and went to our gate and then started the adventure! The board stated the flight would leave at 9:11 and then once I looked over and it said 1:00. We knew we would have a three hour layover in Las Vegas, but that was four hours! They didn’t have any pilots who could fly the plane. The only ones were coming in from Cincinnati and would arrive at midnight.
They said international passengers would have to go down to ticketing to make arrangements and they were putting everyone going to the East Coast up in hotels because they would miss their connections. So the other three headed down to ticketing and I stayed with the luggage.
Then an agent came to the gate and made an announcement and as he left the podium I asked him about our connections. He got our names and went to work on it. In a few minutes he came back with tickets for us on an American West flight leaving in about a half hour. Needless to say the others weren’t back yet and I couldn’t carry all of our carry on stuff all by myself. Just then an empty cart came by and the agent flagged him
down and loaded all our luggage onto his cart and we took off from our D gate to the A gate. Half way there we met dad and the Kane’s and they jumped on also.
Then we got over to the new gate and wouldn’t you know it, it was late too! But it did manage to take off and got us to Las Vegas with a half hour to spare. We made the connection to the Korean Air Flight which was also a little late. It was a great flight with lots of stewardesses who really worked hard and took great care of us.
We are now in the middle of our ten hour lay over in Seoul. We didn’t get ourselves organized enough to take a tour of Incheon. It would have cost us $50 each, so we weren’t sure we really wanted to go on it. In Las Vegas we met a mother and son who are on their way to Jakarta to spend three weeks with her other son. We are spending the time with them. We played Category Five for a while.
Now here comes the real reason for this e-mail. Dad has figured out that he somehow managed to leave our camera home. Please call Brian and have him look for it. It could be anywhere, but most likely is upstairs in the bedroom. We will send you our address tomorrow and would like you to mail it to us. Oops, I hit a wrong key and this computer started typing in Korean, but the lady who works here fixed it for me! The camera is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and is in a black leather cover. I sure hope you can find it and Dad did not lose it out of his pocket on one of the planes.
We don’t know yet if our luggage made the changes. The gate agent had me describe them to him and he went to look for them, so we will find out when we get in Jakarta if we have luggage. We leave here in about five more hours and the flight is a seven hour flight. It is very cold here in Seoul, but luckily the airport is warm. That is another reason we were reluctant to take the tour, none of us have coats!
Well, you can forward this on the everyone else. I don’t have all of their e-mail addresses in my aol address book yet. The Mongolian missionaries we traveled from the MTC with made their connection to Ulan Bator and are now on their way. Their flight from here is only a four hour flight.
We love you all! Mom and Dad