Tuesday, April 6, 2010
To Denver--April 5, 2010
Woke up at 8:45 on my own. Alarm was set for 9:00.
Grabbed some breakfast, then packed up. I headed to the airport and said goodbye to the old 1984 piece of crap. Good riddance. But if you want a car with character, well, there she be. McCook, Nebraska.
I printed off the maps that I needed for my flight plans, then pointed myself in the direction of Denver. I didn’t have any local aviation charts, and I couldn’t raise up the last approach from last night that took me to McCook. So I called up FlightWatch and requested some help. He was more than happy.
He also said to be aware of Airmet Tango for turbulence in the Denver area. Yeah, I had already noticed that myself. Winds were forecast to be at 65 knots at 15,000 feet…exactly where I needed to be to be taking pictures. Over mountains? Yeah, um, no thanks.
I flew the long, boring flight to Denver…and I was still burned out. I had woken up with a minor headache, so I kept drinking water to try to help that. But I just didn’t want to be flying. Yesterday just took it out of me.
But I forged on.
The flight was relatively painless…and I dropped in at Centennial Airport in Denver. I had clouds in my target areas anyway, so I didn’t even have to mess with the winds. I taxied up and started the unwelcome arrangements for getting housing and a car. I went with the DoubleTree Inn and Suites by Hilton…actually, that was the ONLY reason for choosing this airport. They offered me the cheapest rate of anyone. All the others wanted $112/night. NO THANKS.
I dropped my bags off in my room (and a very nice one at that), then walked over to Subway for lunch. And I basically just took the entire day for myself. I was incredibly lazy, spending most of it laying in bed underneath the blankets!!! Oh, how I loved it!
I ate at the hotel restaurant for supper and spent the night watching the NCAA Championship game while talking with Jennifer. I wasn’t happy with the outcome, but it was a great game to watch.
Finally went to bed at 11:00 P.M. The winds are lookin’ favorable around 11:00 A.M., but now it looks like I’ll have clouds in my way. Always something.
That’s ok. Right now, I really don’t care to see the inside of an airplane. I have 25 hours in 5 days. That’s plenty enough for me.