The Sunday Traveler Makes a Run For Adventure


The hotel room phone rang at 6:00 that morning; that did not bode well. American Airlines calling to notify that the first leg of our flight to Puerto Vallarta was going to be very late due to weather. We had a connecting flight in Denver to get to Dallas, that would then have us on our way to PV.  This row of dominoes was not going to fall as they should have. After a little discussion with my husband, we decided to head for the airport anyway to see what we could do. As luck would have it we were told a flight was leaving in ten minutes on another airline, and were told to run to that counter to check in. Run became the operative word of the day. We checked in, and were told to make a run for it and get to the gate that held the key to our making it to Denver in time for the flight to Dallas. We jumped on the plane as the door was closed behind us; I was never so glad to jostle and cram my way into a middle row seat. Another run for our money when we landed in Denver, one of those airports that has those tram things to get to the proper terminal for your airline. We ran for the tram, there was one imminently ready to depart; I jumped on like an athlete running through the tape at the finish line of a marathon, arms out to balance myself…perfect two point landing, and two business men standing inside the doors of the tram applauded. It was then that I turned as the doors closed, and saw my husband still standing on the platform. Would I ever see him again? We miraculously met up again at the gate for our flight to Dallas. Guess what we did when we landed in Dallas…if you guessed run, you are correcto. Run we did to the gate with just minutes to spare to get on the plane for Puerto Vallarta. What a fantastic feeling to sink into those airline seats to finally relax and know that we had made it. The city lights of Puerto Vallarta twinkled into view as we made our descent and landed. We landed. We could see the lights in the terminal ahead. We sat on the runway. It was night. It was dark. We were told we had landed on the wrong runway, and would have to wait to be towed onto the proper runway to get to the terminal. Worried thoughts of a plane coming in behind us passed through my head as we waited to be towed. Worried thoughts that turned to nervous laughter as a small white pick up truck with only one working headlight  pulled up to tow the plane. Travel is always an adventure. You can pretty much count on it.

The photo is of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta.


About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. I am a retired nurse case manager. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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20 Responses to The Sunday Traveler Makes a Run For Adventure

  1. Madhu says:

    Phew! It must have taken gallons of relaxing spirits to calm your nerves after that experience!! 🙂 The clock tower is gorgeous!


  2. Patti Kuche says:

    Well done Angeline! I get chest constrictions just thinking about getting through Denver and Dallas airports!


  3. pattimoed says:

    Enjoy PV! I’m sure you had a nice relaxing drink by the pool after that crazy journey!


  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Lady Luck certainly smiled upon you that day, Angeline, even if it did look like you were filming a Nike commercial. Once you finally arrive in PV, I hope you wasted no time getting that first post-flight cocktail. You definitely earned it. Hope you’re having a wonderful time. 🙂


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, John. This was a retrospective, and we did have a great time in PV….and post-flight cocktails. Oh, and Nike? Oh no, I had on flip flops which must be bonus points for my landing on the tram in Denver 🙂


  5. travelmystories says:

    Wao! What an adventure!!


  6. Whew, what a trip! I’m glad you ended the night with wine in your hotel. 🙂


  7. Life is especially an adventure en Mexico. What a lovely image of the tower. I really want to get to PV!


  8. Lovely photo, Angeline. Who knew buildings sported crowns?! As for travel being an adventure, I guess that has a bit to do with one’s travel experience and perspectives. 🙂 I will take rail travel any day over the airlines these days. The former is uncomplicated, leisurely, and it often yields ground-level beauty not seen from 35,000 feet. Nonetheless, enjoy PV!


    • Angeline M says:

      The crown on the church is the hallmark icon for Puerto Vallarta, it is pretty unusual I think. I also think I agree with you on rail travel; I did that a lot as a child and only remember peaceful travel (most of the time). Thanks, Eric. We enjoyed PV, this was a couple of years ago.

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  9. Amy says:

    Travel is always an adventure, I agree. It’s not as glamorous as it shows on the photos 🙂


  10. Oh I’m sorry for your fraught hectic journey, but the telling of it made me laugh n an OMG kind of way. So glad you made it. Bet you were too! 🙂


    • Angeline M says:

      Looking back on it, I laugh too; during the events of that day I thought I’d have a coronary! Good thing we were in shape for the workout we had that day. We had more than one glass of wine that night when we finally arrived at the hotel.

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