Well everything started off good this morning. Up at 4:30 am, plane left San Diego at 7:15, we were arriving at Charlotte, NC ahead of schedule, then the weather intervened 😳 There were thunderstorms in the Charlotte area and we had to go into a circling pattern, waiting for it to clear.
Well it didn’t clear and we were running low on fuel, so we landed in Columbia (SC). So after waiting for other planes to refuel ahead of us, we finally made it back to Charlotte a full 2 1/2 hours late. Needless to say, the Jamboree Shuttle run by TMS had already left for the Summit with their last shuttle of the day.
I tried calling the offices of TMS and the Summit, but both said they were closed for the weekend…hint, hint there needs to be a way to contact a live person in a situation like this 💡
Eventually I ran into Jay from Seattle, who was also going the Jamboree and whose plane was also held up by the weather. After some pleading with Shawn from TMS, he got us on the next shuttle in the morning at 10:00 am.
We both teamed up and got a room at the local Super 8 motel and walked across the street for dinner at the Cracker Barrel. While we were there we ran into Jacob from Peoria, who is going to the Jamboree to work the Coast Guard booth. So we invited him over to our table and had a great talk about past jamborees, politics, planes, etc. By the way, Jay is a retired engineer from Boeing who is working in Transportation and Jacob wants to fly planes in the Coast Guard and both are Eagle Scouts!
We also ran to a Troop from Florida that I posted on my Twitter page earlier.
So it wasn’t a perfect situation, but it worked out great and we all made some new friends! I also had time to finish my Youth Protection Training for Venturing and Exploring (you need all three, including the core YPT for the Jamboree).
So off to the Summit in the morning 😀