Monday is a work day for my daughter and son-in-law so we began to hear them stirring around upstairs around 5:30 am.....so glad I don't have do to that anymore for at least a month! Nonetheless, we were up by 6:30 and beginning to plan out our day. Our first flight out of John Wayne International was not until 4:25 pm so we had a lot of time to kill before that flight. We could have gotten a flight out much earlier in the day, but that would have meant fighting morning rush hour traffic, and leaving Ontario before 6 am......not going to happen on my watch!
We did leave around 9:30 am to make the drive down to Orange County and a Verizon store near John Wayne Airport for TLE......she has been due for an upgrade for about a year, and her existing iPhone's storage capacity of 16 gb was not cutting it anymore. About half way there we noticed a brush fire beginning in the Anaheim Hills.....thankfully we got past it before they closed the freeway! We arrived at the Verizon store near John Wayne Int'l around 10:30.....about an hour later we left with a new iPhone 8+ for TLE with 64 gb of storage.....I'm sure she'll find a way to fill up that extra space.
So, it was 11:30 and we still had 5 hours until our plane left, but good sense told us we should be there around 2:30 to get our tickets, check our luggage and work our way through security, so make it 3 hours to kill. We were near the South Coast Plaza and there is an Edwards Theaters multiplex there so we thought we might take in a movie, but as it turned out none of the movies we had interest in would start until almost 2 pm, so that idea was shelved. All things being equal we opted to find a Rubio's Coastal Grill for some of their original fish tacos.....we found one just a mile from the Plaza, and were there within minutes. By this time the plume of smoke from the Anaheim Hills fire was casting a pall across the previously clear blue skies......
.....we placed our orders and quickly found an alfresco dining option outside.....
.....our flight out of SLC actually lifted off a few minutes early, and we arrived in Billings, MT, back where we started, almost 20 minutes early at 11:30 pm. By the time we had collected our luggage from baggage claim, and walked 2+ blocks to the VW in the long term parking lot it was just after midnight. We were on I-90 flying low at 75 mph by 12:15 am, and back at the Newell by 1:50 am. The temperature was in the high 30's, but it was (and still is) windy, which made it feel much colder. Thankfully I had left (intentionally) our fireplace heater set at 62º F in our absence, so the interior was very hospitable. We soon had the bedroom and bathroom heaters going to remove what little chill there was. We were in bed and drifting off to slumberland by 2:15 am.
All in all our day was very uneventful, and now I sit back in my familiar morning seat looking out the passenger side window in our salon while composing today's missive. We are tired, but I know there will be a few naps for me today in between all the things I need to do so we can once again roll our wheels Wednesday towards new horizons and new adventures.
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