Thursday November 06th 2008, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Life

Taking the cheapest flight meant going to Las Vegas before heading east to Baltimore.  We then flew over the Grand Canyon, the colors so Monet’ed from that height as to mostly blend together. I thought of a few friends who are colorblind and wondered if that’s more like how they would see it up closer; I don’t have the context to know.  I wondered how much of that vast landscape was the actual park: it went on and on, horizon to horizon to horizon, a great collapsed sand castle of sheer cliffs falling straight down, a meandering blue flashing in and out of sight at the bottom.  At the eventual edges, there were some softer-curving areas where the erosion of the water had been more spread out: one mountainside facing me looked like a Georgia O’Keefe ginkco leaf in fading fall colors. Glorious.

My newspaper put the hold on home delivery a day too soon: I wanted that November 5th paper to take on the plane! While we waited for our luggage, Richard bought me a late-printed Washington Post Special Election Edition in the Baltimore airport, which made me quite a few instant friends as I held it in my hands and people commented on the headline.  By this morning, a pristine copy was being sold on Ebay for $400, according to the Post’s amazed online edition; yesterday was a very good day to be a print newspaper.

The air got fairly turbulent as we flew into Baltimore, but that pilot placed that plane down just exquisitely so. Well done.

We’re home.

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Glad you brought your warm coat! Just saw the weather report, HIGHS in the 30s by Sunday!

Diana (knitting slippers as fast as I can!)

Comment by Diana 11.06.08 @ 3:37 pm

It sounds like a gorgeous view from the plane, and I’m glad that pilot stuck the landing 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 11.06.08 @ 4:21 pm

Yay! Glad you landed safely. And Yay Obama! 🙂

Comment by no-blog-rachel 11.06.08 @ 4:52 pm

So glad your flight was a great one! I just finished putting together my knitting projects for our 4 hour drive to Baltimore tomorrow afternoon. I’ll see you on Saturday!
With the Lord’s Love,

Comment by Lisa 11.06.08 @ 9:37 pm

Alison – you won’t see at Stitches. The surgery was Thursday. It sounded like a rooter router! Later alligator

Comment by Afton 11.07.08 @ 5:21 am

I have visited the Grand Canyon and have flown over it as well. There are no pictures or postcards that can adequately describe how magnificent it is.

Glad you made it to Baltimore safely. Vermont next week!!! (smile)

Comment by Joansie 11.07.08 @ 5:57 am

Glad you had a safe flight (yay, pilot!). Also glad that newspapers were flying off the shelves 🙂

Comment by Alison 11.07.08 @ 7:12 am

I am glad you are home safely. I so enjoyed flying from Salt Lake City to Phoenix, with being able to see the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon, with deer in the snow on the slopes. At that time, the landing in Las Vegas was a bit “um, scary’, with sagebrush growing up through the macadam and the plane heading straight for the MGM Grand. One to remember, for sure.

Comment by sherry in idaho 11.07.08 @ 8:44 am

Safe trip and have fun! You’ll wow ’em! All those lucky East Coast folks… Don’tcha wanna hop on an El Al flight and come visit me when you’re done with New England? Don’tcha? Huh? Please?

Comment by AmyS 11.07.08 @ 9:00 am

Welcome to the East Coast! See you tomorrow…

Comment by Channon 11.07.08 @ 10:32 am

I’m sure Mr. Scruff would say “There’s no place like home” if he could speak. Instead he expresses his views after having been away by racing indoors, looking for his water dish, his chew toy, and his favorite comfy chair. Such a wonderful feeling, being home.

Comment by RobinM 11.07.08 @ 12:23 pm

It’s Friday night after Stitches. Had a wonderful day, starting with running into an old friend walking in the door. Too tired to try to figure out why this laptop won’t let me sign in; too tired to move, really. Worth every moment of it. I know, that’s not a very satisfying write-up of the day, but for now it’s about the best I can do.

Comment by AlisonH 11.07.08 @ 7:25 pm

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