Originally we were going to drive all the way to Chicago. Its about a 12 to 13 hour drive according to Google. We were going to leave either sometime Saturday and stay at a hotel halfway there, or leave really early Sunday. But after looking at last minute ticket prices on Priceline.com, we were able to get 2 tickets for $400 the day before the flight (a day earlier it had been $800 for two). The flight was set to take off at 6:30, so we actually headed up to the airport around 4:30 to make sure we got by security, got everything stored away, and before the weather got bad.
While arriving to check in, we were told that our flight had been delayed an hour, but they were going to try to put us on the earlier flight if there was still room. With a sense of urgency, we ran to the gate to make sure things were ok. In those 10 minutes, our flight was delayed yet another hour! I went to stand at the desk, and while waiting in line, the flight was then canceled (not actually due to weather, something wasn’t acting right on it). But after talking to the staff, we were on the first flight (since we were so early), and we were actually going to be some of the first to board! While the earlier flight was delayed some, we still took off 30 minutes before planned, and arrived almost 45 minutes before we were supposed to (this flight was a little shorter too).
We checked into the Hilton O’hare. Its a pretty decent airport, but not worth the 4 stars it gets. Once you are in the hotel, it looks just like a Holiday Inn, and the service was so-so. We went through the pamphlet station to get as much information we could to help plan the next few days.
Shortly after settling in, we both were starting to get rather hungry, and wanted to get something before it got too late. After talking to some of the staff at the hotel, the best choice to get something quick was to just go to one of the other terminals at o’hare. The o’hare tram is actually right outside the Hilton, so we went outside and jumped on.
Right after jumping on, I was looking around to see if there was any more city information available, and some people caught my eye in the back of the cab. It was Kari Byron and Grant Imahara from Mythbusters! I had to do a double take, because Debs and I both really like the show, and both major fans of Kari (red-heads rock!). Unfortunately, they got off at the very next stop, and we didn’t get a chance to talk to them (they looked a little rushed too). But at least when looking at them, they smiled back!
We grabbed some pizza, discussed just how cool it was to run into them, and grabbed a few more books from the airport. Took the train back to the hotel, and started going through all of our little info booklets preparing for the next days. We made a little list of the attractions, events, and other things going on that week in Chicago, and were going to try to hit as many as possible. Since we were still somewhat on Richmond time, we passed out, to get ready to head into town first thing in the morning!
Thats all I have for now. Ill post about Monday (one of the biggest days out there) soon!