DAY 1, June 13th, 2005


We were up at 2:30am to catch our 6:00am flight from LAX to Washington DC. We drove ourselves to the airport and used LAX long term parking. Lot “B” which costs $8.00 per day. LAX has a free shuttle service which takes you directly to your terminal at the airport. I feel this was a good choice, low cost and less hassle. The total cost was $40.00 for Monday, 4:00am to Saturday, 12:30am. It was easy to use and for the most part hassle free.

 

Our 5 hour and 15 minute economy flight was completed without incident. Just a little tip, if you want to get up and stretch often then don’t pick a window seat.

Once in Washington D.C., at the Dulles International Airport, we had a 3 hour layover. The weather was stormy which caused an additional 3 hours sitting in the plane waiting for the storm cell to pass. I think in that part of the county flight delays are common place, so just try and take delays in stride.

 


Hatch Family Marker in Warsaw Cemetery

Finally, 14 hours later we arrived in Buffalo, New York. It’s now 11:00pm Eastern time. At the baggage claim we waited for our luggage, guess what, it’s not here! We filed a lost baggage claim and United discovered our luggage had been sent to Cincinnati. United promised it will be in on the next flight to Buffalo, sometime around 2:00 am.. United also promised they will deliver our luggage to our hotel and not to worry.

 

We moved on to the car rental by Avis. Avis didn’t have the small car the package included so they upgraded without any additional charges. The car was nice and clean. It didn’t have any mechanical problems for the 500 miles and four days we used it.

11:55 pm Eastern Standard Time,. we checked in at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency. Our room was ready and waiting. We were hungry and tired and the hotel restaurant was closed. The front desk recommended a local pizza delivery, La Nova. Bev and I really didn’t want pizza at that hour but we were so hungry we went ahead and called for delivery. I sure am glad we did, it is the best darn pizza.

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