Day 02/Plan B
You may be picturing nine smiling faces, happily resting their smart heads on some nice Sheraton Hotel pillows on the evening of June 24th. I am sorry to say that you would be wrong.
We sat waiting for our flight from Chicago to Syracuse for approximately 4 hours. On my left sat Ms. Kaplan and to her left, sat Mr. Ramsey. This was around the time in which I was finishing the last few words of my last blog post. “We’ve been in this airport for six hours,” I overhear Mr. Ramsey tell Ms. Kaplan. “And we’re all waiting for one crewmember to show up?” As it turns out, United Airline’s Syracuse flight was not departing because the plane was waiting for a flight attendant that was coming into Chicago through another flight. Pretty ridiculous, right?
There were zero problems as we boarded a quick one hour flight down to beautiful Connecticut. In our little plane, I was the only person misplaced from the group and had to sit with two complete strangers. It was an interesting ride because the man next to me was curious about the sketches I had out that he asked if I could do two simple portraits of his two daughters. Seeing as I had nothing better to do, I agreed. In the end, I got a not-so-bland flight, and $10 more to my wallet.
View from the shuttle bus: beautiful Connecticut skies
As soon as we got our two rental cars, we split up into two groups or, as I like to call them: Team Ramsey and Team Kaplan. In Mr. Ramsey’s car sat Andrew Woo, Alex Elms, and Beilul Naizghi. In the Kaplan team, we had Jacky Lares, Christopher Habash, Andrew Gonzales, and I. I have no idea just what Team Ramsey did during our long drive down to Syracuse, but I knew that our car was nothing but quiet. As the shotgun passenger, I had the honor of becoming the car’s designated DJ of the night. All of us had a fun time cruising through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York as songs with heavy bases rang from the car’s speakers. When it came to the East Coast, Team Kaplan knew how to drive down with style.
Jacky Lares on a shuttle bus to the car rentals
View from shotgun seat - Hello Team Ramsey!
We took a short break for dinner at this little fast food-type place at a rest stop area. The food was good because again, we were all famished. Once we were done, it was back to the road for us. We had another hour and thirty minutes ahead of us so we tried our best to get there as quickly as possible. There was a point in our trip when we had a miscommunication and confusion with the directions that Team Kaplan ended up falling behind. “We’ll see you at the Sheraton, I guess.” was what Team Ramsey told us through the phone.
Afraid of detouring from our destination again, we made sure to drive extra cautiously as we followed our directions on Jacky’s cell phone faithfully. When we arrived at the Sheraton, it was already one in the morning. We were so happy to be there that we were okay with getting a little bit behind, because in the end, we got there! And it was even more of an award when Team Kaplan discovered they had arrived earlier than Team Ramsey to the hotel because they too had made a wrong exit along the way!
Now, I am sitting in my room at the hotel. It is 3 in the morning and I have to wake up at 6:45 for tomorrow’s packed schedule. I am very anxious to visit all our appointments, especially the Erie Canal. Now it is time for me to hit the hay again, but this time, not on 3 airport seats, but in a nice comfy bed.