Have you ever been stranded anywhere? Most people who fly have at one time or another. Our most memorable 'stranding' came in 1986 and the location was Denver. We were already in la-la land from attending Jim's mom's funeral, and on top of it, I had a painful ear drum from all that landing and taking off. We got off our plane from Moline, IL and had no idea where our gate was for our Seattle flight. Our arrival had been late so we hotfooted it up to the main desk only to find that the gate we had wanted (which was not on the board when we arrived) was just closing and we were doomed to spend the night in the Denver airport.
It was awful. We got some food in the food court and then with our tummies full of hamburgers we tried to settle down for some zzzz's. It was not to be through. They had the horrible droning voice of some woman announcing something every few minutes. After an hour or so of waiting we found out that the flight to Seattle we had missed was returning because of fog in Seattle, so we wouldn't have made it home that night anyway.
In our opinion, Denver airport is the worst place to fly in and out of for many reasons, but our friends the Hesses had a little better luck it seems.
We got a postcard yesterday from them postmarked Malta. The volcano had stranded them at that point in their spring vacation and they ended up spending an extra 5 days there. Peggy said they finally found a flight to Zurich and then they had to take three trains to get to Frankfurt. I firmly believe there are no 'accidents' when things like this happen. Peggy said they met lots of nice people along the way, they speak English in Malta and the cost of being there was nominal. She's sending me a link to some of her pictures, so maybe there will be an additional post here with some of them. Stay tuned!