2019, Travel/Vacation

Travel Journal, Day 7: From Willits, California To Dallas, Texas

June 7, 2019

Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I had so much fun on our trip in the Pacific Northwest. But we all had to admit, we were ready to go back home. The night before, we’ve sorted and packed our items in the luggage, making sure, what we want to take on board as a carry-on and what will be checked in. Everything was in the car, and we were ready to drive to San Jose the next morning. In San Jose, we had to bring back the rental car. In the airport, we’ve still had time for another hour to print out our tickets and check in our luggage. Sara saw a piano and played some tunes for a few minutes. This girl needs piano lessons. She needs to learn to read keys and play by sheets, and she will do great at the instrument.

Once we could check-in, we all had lunch in the airport. At 2 p.m. Kevin gets a message on his phone, we didn’t like at all. The flight was delayed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I got frustrated and said, that the company sucks. Kevin got even more frustrated, that I had to calm him down. He was tired, and he just wanted to get home. The girls were well-behaved, played games on their phones, watched a movie and had snacks. At least that helped the situation. We also had to make plans, where we would eat for dinner in the airport. When we were in the airplane, the pilot took the shortest, but safest airline route to get us to Dallas. The jet stream did its part as well. We’ve arrived in Dallas at about 1 a.m. (CDT). The flight was about 30 to 45 minutes shorter, than planned in first place. That night, we didn’t care about unpacking. We went straight to bed and worried about everything else the next morning.

Tired and frustrated, I wasn’t sure, if I’d fly with Southwest Airlines again. But after we were rested for a couple of days, I said to Kevin, that the company was always friendly and even when they screwed up, they did their best to accommodate us. They kept their word and still delivered. So, it wasn’t that bad after all. I’d give them another chance. But I would prepare for any lost luggage and delay in the future.

~ THE END ~

2019, In The Garden

Travel Journal, Day 1: From Dallas, Texas To Weed, California

June 1, 2019

At 8:45 a.m. our plane took off from Dallas Love Field. We were on our way to San Jose in California within 3 ½ hours. Arriving in San Jose we found out that Kevin and my luggage (we usually share one bag) wasn’t at the airport. After some back and forth in the Baggage Claim Office, we decided to go get our rental car and move on as planned. Southwest Airlines called us back later that day, letting us know, the luggage never made out of Dallas, and asked how they could accommodate us. I told Kevin to let the Baggage Claim know to send our bag to Seattle by Monday. I was in a bad mood and didn’t want to talk to the guy on the other end of the phone. It was bad enough, I didn’t have my hiking shoes with me and had to purchase some toiletries, clothes and shoes to hold us over until two days into the trip. But at least they found our luggage. It could have been much worse. At least I had my camera gear and our passports in my carry-on, in case we wanted to go to Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada for a day.

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Mountain Range somewhere in southern California close to the Mexican Border

Our first destination was the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Kevin, the girls and I couldn’t wait to see the huge bridge stretching one mile over the entrance of the San Francisco Bay. The bay and the top Golden Gate Bridge were covered in fog. A cool wind blew from the Pacific into the bay. It was perfect weather for sailing, surfing, parasailing, and many other water sport activities. There were a lot of people having fun in the bay that Saturday afternoon, while many tourists were just in “Awww” seeing the San Francisco Designated Landmark. Since it was very misty, we could only get a climbs of Alcatraz Island. But it was all what we needed. I’ve got some pictures of the former prison out in the distance.

Here is a video of us crossing the Golden Gate Bridge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/48034613211/in/album-72157705230883495/

The first night we made it to Weed, which is a stone throw north of the town of Mt. Shasta. On our way there, we had a good look at the mountain. But it got too dark for capturing good photos.  The next day, we were in for a treat.

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Mount Shasta at dusk

… to be continued …

2019, Travel/Vacation

Katelynn’s Back Home

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Hometown sign of Würzburg in Epcot/Walt Disney World

Katelynn and her school band had a blast, the last 3½ days. They left early Saturday morning to fly to Florida. When they arrived at Walt Disney World, they went straight to Epcot. Katelynn did show her friends “Germany” and the sign of the city, where she was born. The following day, they spent the day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She said, her favorite area was Tomorrowland. And she enjoyed the fireworks, while standing next to Space Mountain. On the third day, the group went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see the Blue Man Group in Universal Studios. Today, it was clearing the resort rooms, get on the bus to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and fly back home to Dallas.

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Katelynn got herself a Walt Disney World Parks t-shirt and a Star Wars Porg plush toy.
2018

P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour ~ Dallas, Texas

Kevin and I saw P!NK’s show of her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” in the American Airline Center in Dallas, last night. She had an amazing second show with many songs of her new album “Beautiful Trauma” and her older albums as well. (Her first Dallas show was the night before). Still a little bit party-hungover, I post some photos I’ve captured with my cell phone.

2018

Chapel of Thanksgiving In Dallas, Texas

A few years ago, Sam (my son) came from Germany to visit family in the USA. We reserved one day to do some sight seeing in downtown Dallas. Since I always wanted to check out the Chapel of Thanksgiving, we walked over to the Thanks-Giving Square. Once we were inside the Chapel, the “Glory Window” looked really impressive. All these beautiful stained glasses in the spiral roof look amazing. The window was created by Gabriel Loire in 1976.

2017

Birthday Dinner At Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant

Yesterday, Kevin and I took Katelynn and Sara out for their birthday dinner. Since the girls are both born in October, we usually go to one restaurant, which is fun and has better quality food. The girls decided, they would like to go back to the “… Japanese place not far from Kaboom Town …”. So, to Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant we went:

2017

The State Fair of Texas Begins Today

It’s State Fair time in Texas. Today, the fair will open its doors at 10:00 am and will be open until October 22, 2017. For this event, I pulled up some pictures from our last year’s visit:

2017

I Love Dallas!

After the farewell party in Lower Greenville, several of us went over to a co-worker’s apartment in uptown Dallas, yesterday. Since there is so much construction and new buildings in Dallas, it can be a little bit overwhelming. But we figured it out, and made it to the right elevator in the right building. LOL

Being up on top of the roof of Dallas was nice. But being on a balcony on the 24th floor was no fun, when I struggled with fear-of-height problems. It took me a couple of minutes to actually look out in the distance and enjoy the view. But it was rewarding. And every time I look at the skyline of Dallas, it always reminds me, why I moved here over 13 years ago. I love the big city flair. But I also love the quieter suburb of the DFW-Metroplex.

2017

Farewell Party At The Truck Yard In Dallas

This afternoon, we had a farewell party for Kevin’s co-worker. Him, his wife and son are moving back to the UK. We celebrated at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville of Dallas.

Arriving at the Truck Yard, I liked it from the first minute. The Truck Yard is fairly new, it opened in 2013. It has the flair of a beer garden, “junk yard”, great food, live music, and it is dog friendly. They even encourage to bring your pooch with you. Every day, different food trucks park in the yard to sale their signature dishes. While waiting for the food to be done, we got one of these light-up pagers. Some guests go to the bar, get a drink and find a table under the shading umbrellas and trees in the meantime. The Truck Yard has a truck schedule on its website. If there is food from a particular truck, and the truck parks in the yard f.e. on Wednesday, that might be a good day to visit. I had the “Rice Bowl” from the Ssahm BBQ truck. I was wondering, why my taste buds recognized a hint of far eastern flavors. Later I found out, they serve Korean-Mexican foods. That’s awesome! And it tasted great. Why did I never get the idea of mixing these two flavors? 😉

John Tipton played some tunes with his band on the stage truck, today. It was a great day in a good place to say good bye to a wonderful co-worker.

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Goodbye, Fraser & Family! Have a safe trip home back to the UK!

NOTE: Since I didn’t capture the photo and it was done with Annette’s cell phone, I can’t take the credit for the last photo above.