We made it to Portland... and here we'll stay. We fought head-winds during all three legs of our flight yesterday, Linde threw up twice, poor Eddie hit his head on the ceiling during one large and unexpected bump... we were very happy to land. Our friend Meghan Thomas picked us up and brought us home to her 5 incredible kiddos, spaghetti dinner, and strawberry shortcake - a great way for Austin to finish his very long 35th birthday!
This morning, Austin learned the weather was not suitable for a departure today but is hopeful that the weather systems will clear by tomorrow. I always thought rain and snow were the biggest hurdles for flying. However, wind, ice, thunderstorms, and low clouds really impede flight. Austin looks at all aspects of weather forecasts days before we leave but often has to change the plan within an hour of our planned take-off. This has happened many times, but I still have trouble remembering that most cross-country flights do not go as planned. Sometimes you get a great tail-wind that pushes you faster than you thought you'd travel. Often you have to re-route because of slow-moving storms that won't clear. Other times, like today, you just can't leave at all.
We're excited to be "stuck" here today because we're with friends in Portland. Could there be a better place to be weathered in? Austin and Linde are taking a much-needed nap and when they wake up we'll hit up a famous bookstore in Portland and, of course, down some coffee.