*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 wentÂ to our gate and then started the adventure! The board stated theÂ flight would leave at 9:11 and then once I looked over and it saidÂ 1:00. We knew we would have a three hour layover in Las Vegas, butÂ that was four hours! They didn’t have any pilots who could fly theÂ plane. The only ones were coming in from Cincinnati and wouldÂ arrive at midnight.
They said international passengers would have to go down toÂ ticketing to make arrangements and they were putting everyone goingÂ to the East Coast up in hotels because they would miss their connections. So the other three headed down to ticketing and IÂ stayed with the luggage.
Then an agent came to the gate and made an announcement and as heÂ left the podium I asked him about our connections. He got our namesÂ and went to work on it. In a few minutes he came back with ticketsÂ for us on an American West flight leaving in about a half hour.Â Needless to say the others weren’t back yet and I couldn’t carryÂ all of our carry on stuff all by myself. Just then an empty cartÂ came by and the agent flagged him
down and loaded all our luggageÂ onto his cart and we took off from our D gate to the A gate. HalfÂ 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 wasÂ late too! But it did manage to take off and got us to Las VegasÂ with a half hour to spare. We made the connection to the Korean AirÂ Flight which was also a little late. It was a great flight withÂ 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. WeÂ didn’t get ourselves organized enough to take a tour of Incheon. ItÂ would have cost us $50 each, so we weren’t sure we really wanted toÂ go on it. In Las Vegas we met a mother and son who are on their wayÂ to Jakarta to spend three weeks with her other son. We are spendingÂ the time with them. We played Category Five for a while.
Now here comes the real reason for this e-mail. Dad has figured outÂ that he somehow managed to leave our camera home. Please call BrianÂ and have him look for it. It could be anywhere, but most likely isÂ upstairs in the bedroom. We will send you our address tomorrow andÂ would like you to mail it to us. Oops, I hit a wrong key and thisÂ computer started typing in Korean, but the lady who works hereÂ fixed it for me! The camera is about the size of a pack ofÂ cigarettes and is in a black leather cover. I sure hope you canÂ find it and Dad did not lose it out of his pocket on one of theÂ planes.
We don’t know yet if our luggage made the changes. The gate agentÂ had me describe them to him and he went to look for them, so weÂ will find out when we get in Jakarta if we have luggage. We leaveÂ here in about five more hours and the flight is a seven hourÂ flight. It is very cold here in Seoul, but luckily the airport isÂ warm. That is another reason we were reluctant to take the tour,Â none of us have coats!
Well, you can forward this on the everyone else. I don’t have allÂ of their e-mail addresses in my aol address book yet. The Mongolian missionaries we traveled from the MTC with made their connection toÂ Ulan Bator and are now on their way. Their flight from here is onlyÂ a four hour flight.
We love you all!Â Â Mom and Dad