Waiting. It is the main thing I have accomplished all day long. I began the day bright and early at the Little Rock Airport at 4:15 a.m. in the hopes that I would avoid long lines and confusion while boarding. I also did not want to be late due to the weather.
What I did not consider, however, was the fact that Southwest Airlines did not open their doors until 5 a.m. It was a long wait. However, we were first in line to check in my luggage and my parents were able to walk me to the security check point. It was there that I discovered-well security discovered-that I was carrying lotion and toothpaste over the liquid limit allowed. It was the first time I had a bag of mine searched and it was pathetic to discover it was over a half-used bottle of lotion and an almost empty tube of toothpaste. However, I was able to get the security guard to take them both to my parents who were able to tuck them into my checked-in luggage on the way out of the airport. I was now on my own to wait for my 6:15 a.m. flight and my troubles were only beginning. I was to fly to Louisville, Ky., and then take a connecter flight to Baltimore, Md. Well, my plans detoured from the very beginning. I had a scare in Little Rock when I discovered my flight was going to St. Louis before I discovered my plane was only dropping people off and having more board the plane before continuing to Louisville. In St. Louis, I was forced off the plane around 8:30 a.m. due to the Louisville Airport closing, and the St. Louis Airport did not look that great itself as you can see below.
Southwest Airlines, however, was able to set me up with a direct flight from St. Louis to Baltimore that was supposed to leave at 10:25 a.m. though it was delayed until closer to 11 a.m. for the de-icing of the Baltimore Airport. I finally arrived at Baltimore at 3 p.m. only a few hours behind my original arrival time of 11:30 a.m. It was a foggy landing and I was unable to see anything but cloud during our landing until we were practically on the landing. Below are two pictures I took while landing. The first photo was taken while the plane was headed toward the runway, and the second photo was taken while we headed toward our gate.
I was tired but still in a decent mood when we landed in Baltimore. However, I soon realized that while I was in Baltimore, my luggage was not. I ended up waiting for two hours for my luggage to come in on the next flight only to discover my two suitcases were not on the flight. I was tired and, along with two older couples, eventually boarded a Super Shuttle bus, which took all of us to our final destination. I finally made it to my apartment at 6:30 p.m.-just in time for a apartment complex meeting for all Washington Center interns staying at the complex in Rockville, Md. My luck did turn around at the end of the day. I met two girls at the meeting and ended up traveling with them and their roommate to Target for necessities lost with my luggage. I now have sheets, towels and clothes for tomorrow! I am a happy woman! Next up now: Praying for my luggage to show up soon and waking up for a 9 a.m. orientation in D.C.