#WOMBATSDOAMERICA Day 17
Posted by wombat37
Blogging our recent US trip day by day, four weeks after the event.
Kim, bless her little cotton socks, took care of us perfectly again. Sausage and egg for breakfast, accompanied by toast and jam. We were feeling nervy, so went out shopping, which did help to distract us from forthcoming travel. We found a rather good calendar of US bird life as a gift for Kit. We also went to Target to see whether Mary could buy some more of the stationery pouches that she found last week, but unfortunately they were C by their A. We also looked in T J Maxx, to see whether we could work out why it was ‘J’ in the States rather than ‘K’, but were none the wiser. I was amused to see a post office in a car wash.
The day was hot; a blazing sun beating down on our poor heads. We picked Tom up from work and headed back for mac & cheese, cheese & ham toastie, and cantaloupe.
Kim urged me to drive her Jeep, saying that I’d feel bad if I hadn’t at least driven once in America. Despite misgivings I bowed to her mighty persuasive powers and drove it up the road a way with Monnie sitting on the passenger seat. The car was an automatic, and it took a little while for me to stop my left hand reaching for a gearstick. It was a doddle to drive, though, and I found staying on the right no problem. Tell you what, though, I’d have to work hard to understand (and see!) the tiny road signs, and to figure out how the dangly traffic lights worked.
We said goodbye to Monnie, and bade a sad farewell to Kim and Tom at the airport. At the check-in desk we were asked if we wanted to leave tomorrow instead, being offered $500 of compensatory vouchers, but we decided that it was time to go home. We’d had enough of flying shenanigans. Checking in took a while, since the agent had trouble getting our ESTA confirmed electronically. Luckily I’d thought to have a printed copy handy ‘just in case’, and that sped things along nicely.
And then we were in the air above Lake Erie heading for Detroit and a long flight to Amsterdam. I’ll see you on the other side of the ocean tomorrow for the last #WOMBATSDOAMERICA daily blog post.