The first day of travel for a Holiday Vacations trip begins with pick up in Parkersburg and Marietta.
Both groups were johnny-on-the-spot today, and so we were able to depart promptly and ten minutes ahead of schedule. Our Tour Director Arlett J is being assisted by two others in training, and so we have all the help and assistance possible!
We stopped briefly near Weeling for a bit to eat at 11 a.m. and then continued to Pittsburgh International Airport, where we checked in with United Airlines.
Of course, we had to stop and see Sue, the T-rex dinosaur skeleton as we arrived, and our check-in process went along nicely.
A momentary heart-stoppage as one of the guests mislaid their boarding pass, but by back-tracking, we were able to locate it. An airline official also told us that if we didn't find it, another could be printed by showing a photo I.D., but fortunately that wasn't necessary.
After a brief hour and a half flight to Chicago, we landed straightaway at O'Hare International Airport and were met by our motorcoach. A short drive of about 1 mile or two brought us to the Rosemont Hyatt Regency, where we are about to enjoy our welcome dinner banquet.
The rooms are nice and the beds are large and soft, but Chicago is very busy with a Herbalife convention and many other activities here.
Downtown, the Field and Stream museum and the Museum of Science and Industry are all that are left of the Chicago World's Fair, and continue to welcome thousands each year. We are likely to tour the city tomorrow, on day two, before reporting to Union Station for the start of our crosscountry train trip.
Union Station, while famous in its own right, was the scene for the dramatic shoot-out in the Kevin Cosner movie "The Untouchables" (where the baby carriiage tumbles down t he staircase in slow motion.)
We'll have to share some more and perhaps some pictures, now that we're settling in. All 44 of us are well and excited for our trip though the national parks. Watch for my further updates.