Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pittsburgh to Boston and Teterboro

We left for Boston on Tuesday afternoon and arrived after just an hour-long flight. We land on the northwest corner of Boston at a busy corporate airport in Bedford. It's only about half an hour drive to downtown, but the landing fees and fuel are much cheaper than if we landed at Boston Logan Airport. After I loaded up the Suburban with their luggage and made sure the passengers were on their way, we were off for lunch. Bedford is one of my favorite stops, and I swear it has absolutely nothing at all to do with the fact that The Cheesecake Factory is always on the list of where to eat while in town. I have been trying to eat healthy, so I got a yummy grilled chicken salad. Something about Craisins in a salad just makes me very happy. It was so delicious!

The hotel situation turned slightly scary. Since we had been surprised about coming here a day later than originally planned, we struggled to find a hotel that could handle our four-room request. We finally got reservations at a Courtyard Marriott and drove over. When we arrived, however, they only had one room reserved and no additional rooms available! Thus the search began. Rather than driving to another location, we spent an hour on the phone before finally finding a different Courtyard that could handle us. It was my first time at a Courtyard, and believe me when I say it was certainly worth the wait! What a gorgeous hotel! It's been a while since I felt safe walking barefoot in my room! In addition to a lovely hotel stay, Boston is home to one of my favorite co-workers. I always love when we visit his area.

Wednesday morning meant a short flight to Teterboro in New Jersey. It would only be about fifteen minutes if we could go direct, but the east coast is just one big mess of busy airspace. We had to follow a specific route that took us safely around all the New York airspace before landing at Teterboro. Once again, this is a reliever airport for the busy three main airports used by New York City (La Gaurdia, JFK, and Newark). No private airplanes fly into those airports because almost every slot is used up by the airlines. As you can see from the packed ramp, the place to be for corporate airplanes is Teterboro! It's just a half-hour drive to Manhattan. Boss rented a car for the afternoon and said he would be back at 7:00 PM. In his absence, I grabbed a lunch at Panera Bread...certainly one of my favorite fast food chains. Since I had been up since 1:30 AM my time, I was able to sneak in a successful but short nap after lunch. I'm rather old-fashioned in that I prefer to be coherent when I fly! The nap helped, but I was excited to make it to the hotel room later that evening to get some real sleep. I am not a good napper and struggle to sleep any time the sun is up.

Boss called early to warn us that he was on his way, and we were wheels-up by 4:30 PM. It's always a waiting game to takeoff from KTEB since there is so much traffic. Luckily, the weather cooperated today and allowed us to be on our way to Baltimore, Maryland.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures, Micah! Thank you for sharing the job part of your life with us! xo


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