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Did Katy? Katy Did

Going to the Airport


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After we got back from St Croix in February 2014, our next trip was a May visit to our youngest daughter E. and grandchildren in Texas. I had been there in 2013 to pick my granddaughter up for a Disney cruise, but Bob had never been to their place since they moved from Frisco in 2012. He would have preferred to drive, but it would have taken too long, so we were flying.

I was mostly packed by the end of Monday May 5th. I did have to get my address book out , but I remembered to put it back, and I also packed my thermal vest in my red bag. I enjoyed the flowers that D (our oldest daughter) sent for Mother's day.
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The other two girls sent cards. We put the vase down on the marble topped table in the front hall when we left, and maybe Jean (the cat sitter) will add water to the vase sometime this week. Our cat sitter said that our son's flowers came after we left

Bob went down to the boat and worked on it on Saturday. He wants to put it in the water next month.

May 11, 2014

Sunday morning Bob mowed the lawn and took the trash to the dump. I printed out the boarding passes. I had already unplugged the modem, so I had to go back and plug it in and turn on the printer first.

Because we have a 6:15 a.m. flight Monday morning, we went up to the stay in the Hampton Inn on Sunday. We left the house at about 2 p.m. and as we were driving down the hill by the sewage treatment plant, I mentioned that I had packed my hat in my suitcase, and Bob said he forgot his hat. I said to go back for it, which he did.
Leaving our house

Leaving our house


Then when we got up to about Mechanicsville, he looked at his wrist and said that he had also forgotten his watch.
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We stopped at Boston Market about 3:45 and I got a chicken pot pie and Bob got a 1/4 chicken dinner with two sides ($14.40) 'to-go and took them up to the motel with us. Then when we were almost up to the airport he also said that he had forgotten his camera. Got to the Hampton Inn about 1630. After we got to our room, he put his hand in his pocket and found his watch. So all that was left behind was the camera. The motel has upped the price for parking from $5/day to $6/day, but they said they would give us the old rate.

They put us in Room 109, but when I went in, the room had not been cleaned. So they switched us to 108 across the hall.
Picture of Pimlico in the hotel room

Picture of Pimlico in the hotel room


We had asked for a 3:30 am wake-up call, because we wanted to get to the airport in plenty of time. Bob was a little spooked by AA's handling of the scooter last time and wanted to have time for the baggage people to not know what to do with it.

Monday May 12

We didn't get the wake-up call. But Bob was sleeping on the side of the bed next to the clock radio and he could see the time. So when he waked up at 3:30, he got up and went to shave. Bob started taking luggage out at 4, and came back and said the van was ready, so I went out and got in even though I was still barefoot. It was dark. I put my shoes and socks on in the van. We got to the airport before 4:20, but the Southwest curb check and ticket counters don't open until 4:30 and they said they didn't have anyone to push a wheelchair until then. One of the other passengers went and got me a wheelchair to sit in and we got in line.
Waiting in line from the wheelchair

Waiting in line from the wheelchair


When it was our turn to check in, the guy looked at the scooter bag and started to say that we would have to pay extra because it was overweight (they said 85 lbs). But Bob didn't hear what he was saying and interrupted him be telling him it was my scooter. So the red-cap said OK and that was it. He just took it without a question. I don't know if it helped that I had discussed it at length with the SW people. A wheelchair person came, and took us through security - it was one of those camera things rather than magnetic. He left us by the gate and said the gate agent would take me down the gangway. I took photos and dozed and read my Kindle (which I had the foresight to charge and add some books to it), and the gate agent did indeed take me down the gangway before the rest of the people boarded. The flight was full. I took the second set of seats - window and middle
Luggage people from the plane window

Luggage people from the plane window


Sunrise over BWI

Sunrise over BWI


I don't know about Bob, but I dozed and also read the kindle. About 8 EDT, I switched my watch and camera to central time. Bob changed his watch a little later.
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Taking off from BWI


We got in early,
Landing in Houston

Landing in Houston


and the man in the aisle seat took down our luggage. Bob left the plane first, and I eventually got myself together enough to get out the door and to a wheelchair. The wheelchair lady took us to baggage claim and Bob told her to leave me in a chair while he collected the luggage. The Luggie scooter came through first. I called E and she said she was about 5 minutes away.
Luggie bag (the scooter)

Luggie bag (the scooter)



After we got the luggage, we put Bob's carryon and my pocket book in the Luggie bag and I got on the scooter and pulled my red bag. Bob had the Luggie bag (which was much lighter now) and his suitcase and our carryons. We went out and found our way to the pax pickup area and in a few minutes E came.

We went back to E's house. I didn't think we could check into the motel much before 2 and I thought we ought to pick up the car after 1300. So we talked to E and met the dog, and had lunch.
Looking down on the living room

Looking down on the living room


Youngest granddaughter's taekwondo belts and equipment

Youngest granddaughter's taekwondo belts and equipment


Then she took us to the rental car place and we got a red Hyundai .... which turned out to be a hybrid. We have no idea what all the dash display things mean and there is no owners manual.
Car rental place

Car rental place


The luggage was in E's car, so she led us to the Hampton Inn here in Katy. We are in room 112 here. This Hampton Inn is convenient for people who have business in Katy as it is near the interstate, and there are car rental places and restaurants close by.
Looking up at the sign

Looking up at the sign

Portico at the front

Portico at the front

bathroom counter

bathroom counter

shower

shower


They have a good breakfast with hot items and the items rotate so it isn't the same each day.The only problem is that other than the doors from the parking lot to the lobby - none of the doors are self opening. Also unlike most Hampton Inns, this one has an indoor pool

E went to take our granddaughter to the dentist, and Bob went the market that she pointed out that had the best produce. I unpacked and got organized. Because our youngest granddaughter has karate at a somewhat awkward time for meals, we ate dinner before we went back to their house. We went to Saltgrass Steak House which is about a half block from the hotel.
Saltgrass Steak House

Saltgrass Steak House


During this trip I was attempting to take photos with a blur that showed motion.
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inside the restaurant


We were there in time for Early Bird, on of which I got -
Fried Shrimp

Fried Shrimp


with a Caesar salad and sweet potato. Bob got a regular dinner of
Ribs

Ribs


and coconut shrimp. They brought him a whole carafe of water and the waiter personally filled his glass every time it got half empty.

Then we started to drive back to E's but the car said the left front tire was low. So we stopped at a shell station, and their air place said there was 24 lbs of air, but it wouldn't take a credit card. So we went to the next station and Bob went in to get some change because it took $1.00

I had some photos and things for them, and everyone had a good time looking them - at least one of them E said if she had not seen the photo, she would have sworn she had not been there.

Also my grandson fixed my phone back to normal. In St Croix, (I had changed it in a fit of paranoia so that it would not track me), and tried to fix the GPS which will not recognize that there is a state of Texas. The only state beginning with a T that it knows is Tennessee. I found out later that it just did not have the maps for that far west.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 09:05 Archived in USA Comments (0)

The Texas Rain on the Plain

MKT Railroad, Graving and Taekwondo


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The night of May 12th, it was raining a little bit, but we made it back to the hotel OK.
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It rained very hard over Monday night. There was flooding and auto accidents.

It is supposed to be raining tomorrow too and for some reason I had not planned for rain- thinking that Texas would really be dry. I looked to see what we could do in the rain and found that Katy had two museums and a Visitor's Center with a RR depot. I wanted maps and thought that might be a good place to get them.

Tuesday 13 May, 2014

So Tuesday May 13th we had breakfast at the hotel and started to go over to E's. But the car's left front tire was low again, so I persuaded Bob to stop at Avis. They decided that the car was defective, so they gave us a Ford SUV instead. They did show us where the seat heater was. I kept saying that the seat was warm and I don't think Bob thought I knew what I was talking about, but there was a seat heater button in the center console that was on.

We took out luggage out of the car (we had the scooter and the computer and water) and sat to wait. The desk person first wanted to know if I could get into that car because it is high. I can but it is a little more difficult. He kept assuring us that the car would be around shortly, but it turned out that the guy who was to bring it around couldn't because the desk man still had the keys.

We got our stuff into the car and it was another vehicle without a manual which we don't know what all the knobs do. We set the time and date. But it took us a long time just to figure out the radio, and Bob still can't set the trip mileage. At one point, Bob noticed that it had a back-up camera. We finally got to E's about 10:45.

It wasn't raining really hard - just off and on, so we decided to go out to lunch and to the visitor's center. For some reason E thought it was at the Chamber of Commerce,
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch


so we went down there, and we ate at Otto's. There wasn't a lot of parking, and Otto's was where we found a parking place.
Today's specials

Today's specials

Otto's

Otto's


E had a
Burger and sweet potato fries

Burger and sweet potato fries


Bob had a
Club sandwich

Club sandwich


(which came on a very long plate) and I had the special which was
Beef brisket  tacos

Beef brisket tacos


Although the sign on Otto's said it had been there since 1951, it apparently closed in 2015 has been replaced by the Dish Society restaurant

Then we looked at the map and found that the Visitor's center was someplace else entirely, so we went there. It was the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) Depot, which was restored to serve as a Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.
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The Heritage Society’s red caboose is also located nearby.
A piece of rail and a sign which says who is responsible for the park

A piece of rail and a sign which says who is responsible for the park

MKT Depot sign

MKT Depot sign

Western Union Telegrams

Western Union Telegrams


Inside the Depot is a small museum which explains how the Depot operated as a passenger rail service in Katy until 1957. The lady who was there had gone across the street for something, but she came running back, and we had a nice chat
Katy Xmas ornaments

Katy Xmas ornaments


Katy map

Katy map


and she showed us the depot and also we got a map of Katy.
Model conductor

Model conductor

Woman and child at the ticket window

Woman and child at the ticket window

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Museum typewriter

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Luggage room

We left there about 2:30 and went back to E's. She has printed out a schedule for us and she had to take our grandson to the dentist, so we went back to the hotel and met them at 6:30 for dinner at Carino's (which I keep confusing with Carrabba's. They are similar. This location of Carino's which was near our hotel, has apparently closed. The sign is still there, but it is a vacant lot. There is another Carino's elsewhere in Katy
Carino's sign

Carino's sign


Our youngest granddaughter
Youngest granddaughter coloring while waiting to be served

Youngest granddaughter coloring while waiting to be served


had the children's menu (she had spaghetti and a meatball - probably because they didn't actually have Mac and cheese).
Spaghetti and meatball

Spaghetti and meatball


The other granddaughter had the gluten free menu (she had the
Italian ribs

Italian ribs


and the rest of us had the regular adult menus.
My pasta

My pasta


Service was good and the food was good. All of us except the youngest had soup or salad first, so she ate the bread instead. Our older granddaughter had the garden salad. I had potato soup. I think the men (Grandson, son-in-law and Bob we down at the other end of the table) had the Italian chili.
Grandson and son-in-law

Grandson and son-in-law


We were finished about 8 and stood around and talked for a bit. Then Bob and I went back to the hotel (which was across the street) and I tried to figure out what we were doing the next day.

E wasn't going to be with us because she had a meeting. I wanted to go to some cemeteries in Fort Bend County and I found a website with the historic cemeteries on it, but when I tried to put them on a paper map, I found that most of Fort Bend is not on the Katy maps and I did not have a map of the rest of it.

I spent some time re-downloading the maps to the GPS, but it still won't recognize Texas and doesn't have any Texas roads. I forgot to bring the car charger for my phone and it's battery goes down very fast.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Bob went to breakfast but I was still wrestling with the maps so I had half a grapefruit and then tried to eat a banana, but they were so green I could not peel one of them. So Bob brought me back some scrambled eggs

I wanted to go to a cemetery that I had found called Andrew's League or McKenzie . So we started out about 9:30. Bob had E's camera. But the first place we came to was a church called Spring Green Baptist Church. We found it, but all the gates were padlocked and we could not get in.
Spring Green Baptist Cemetery sign

Spring Green Baptist Cemetery sign


Then we tried Andrew's League which I had the location, but the Directions to the Cemetery on the website said "See other notes" and there were no other notes. Bob got out and went looking but did not find it.
Briscoe Cemetery

Briscoe Cemetery


was nearby, so we went there and Bob took some photos.

I had decided I was eating too much food, so I brought the bagels and Nutella with me from the hotel (Bob bought some when he did the grocery shopping). I thought we would go down to Beasley next but as we were driving through Rosenberg, I saw the sign pointing to the WOW cemetery (Woodsmen of the World which was an insurance company that you could get your grave marker from). So we diverted to there.
Cemetery sign

Cemetery sign

Rosenberg entrance

Rosenberg entrance

Cemetery workers

Cemetery workers


Bob took the scooter out for me and we started out to take photos
6th generation Texas

6th generation Texas


In my perambulations around the cemetery, I found the Our Lady of Guadeloupe Church Cemetery
Leaving Rosenburg Cemetery

Leaving Rosenburg Cemetery


which was behind and off to one side of the WOW Rosenberg Cemetery. So I went in there and took some photos too.

Now it was about 12:30 and I wanted to use the bathroom, so we drove down to a McDonalds and Bob got a shake and a hamburger and I used the bathroom and ate my bagels. We went down to Beasley to the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery and Bob took some photos,
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Man in Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery


While I was there sitting in the rental car, a truck drove in and a man got out and walked around the cemetery a bit, and then got back in his truck and drove off. He didn't speak to either Bob or me.

Then went back to the hotel because we were to see our youngest granddaughter's taekwondo lesson and had to be at E's by 5. I downloaded the photos from my camera, but did not figure out until we were on our way over to E's that I could just put her card into my camera and download those photos too.
99 cent grass

99 cent grass


We went to taekwondo and it was very interesting.
Ponytail

Ponytail

Eskrima Stick practice

Eskrima Stick practice


After they did their warm-up exercises, they put on protective gear to practice with each other. You could always pick my granddaughter out by her blond ponytail
Sparing

Sparing

Weapons practice

Weapons practice

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Sparring practice

Using batons

Using batons


Then we went back to E's and had dinner and played a game.

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Graving in Fort Bend

Using maps and GPS


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May 15th

Today we went out looking for cemeteries. I used E's computer to print out directions. We started out looking for the Dr. Johnson Hunter family cemetery which I thought I had found - it was supposed to share an entrance with Oak Hill Cemetery. Sure enough, we found a little green sign pointing to Oak Hill Cemetery.
Oak Hill sign by the road

Oak Hill sign by the road


We turned down the driveway and ended up at a gate that said Oak Hill.
Oak Hill sign on the first gate

Oak Hill sign on the first gate


E got out an opened the gate (the chain was just draped over it - it wasn't padlocked). She went into the woods (hoping that she didn't get poison ivy) and took photos of some of the markers.
Dr Johnson Hunter Cemetery

Dr Johnson Hunter Cemetery


Bob closed the gate.

We kept going on the driveway to see if we could get out the other end and came to a HUGE gate about 12 feet tall. Not locked but it opened in toward us, and could only be opened a little bit because it got stuck on a lump of dirt. So Bob had to back and fill the car until he could get through. Opposite us was Oak Hill cemetery. That gate was locked,
Oak Hill Cemetery Historic sign - graves behind it.

Oak Hill Cemetery Historic sign - graves behind it.


so we just took photos of the signs and then went down the OTHER driveway (which was in better shape)

Next we tried to find the Henry Jones cemetery. We saw it off the road on the George ranch.
George Ranch

George Ranch


But the admission price was $10/person and we didn't really feel like paying that much. So we just drove past it twice, and I noted where it was on the map. We tried to find Kuykendall Cemetery but I misread the directions and had not found the map location on the historic map site. We drove up a fence line until we came to a rickety wooden bridge and decided not to risk the rental car. Later I found out that it would have been just past there. We ended up at Jones Cemetery on Cemetery road, but the gate was padlocked with about six locks.
Murphy Jones Cemetery

Murphy Jones Cemetery


We stopped for lunch at Burger King,
Creepy Burger King pictures

Creepy Burger King pictures

Burger King Burger

Burger King Burger

Caramel sundae

Caramel sundae


and then went to look for Feris Cemetery. It was listed as the corner of Preston Street near Collins Rd,
Looking for Feris Cemetery

Looking for Feris Cemetery


but we drove past that intersection from each direction and did not see it because the photo that we had was an old one, and in the meantime a water company and strip mall had been built behind it. So it was just a little square of grass in front of the strip mall with a teeny tiny sign.

We found another cemetery which we weren't sure what the name was, but E and Bob got out and took photos, and I looked for a possible name.
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Graves in Faithe Thomas


When I looked it up later, I found it was Faithe Thomas Cemetery. From there we went and found Morton Cemetery - a huge one. But too big to do in the time we had. So I just took photos of the gate and signs
Morton Cemetery gate

Morton Cemetery gate

Morton Cemetery rules

Morton Cemetery rules

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Morton Cemetery layout showing Masonic Lodges sections

Sign at the bottom of the flagpole in Morton Cemetery

Sign at the bottom of the flagpole in Morton Cemetery


We dropped E off to take our youngest granddaughter to karate, and went back to the hotel to organize photos. We ordered BBQ from Dickie's for dinner.

Friday May 16

Got to E's about 10 - this time I figured out that I could put the directions in a text file on a thumb drive to print out. But to do that we had to take the mouse out of one slot and I had to use the keypad. Which I hate.

Weds night I went through the list from a to k, so last night I started at W and went forward. We decided that a lot of the cemeteries we might visit were in Needville so we would go down there. Bob was whistling along down the highway and missed the turn and then the next place the U turn was disabled so we eventually got off and were bumbling around the countryside when we found Cottonwood Cemetery, so E and Bob took photos. There was a dog in the cemetery.
Cottonwood Cemetery

Cottonwood Cemetery


Then we went looking for Wheat Cemetery. According to the directions it was right by the highway, but we couldn't find it. We did find Guy Cemetery, but decided not to stop there. We went to TX Burger/Subway for lunch.
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TX Burger Specials board


I had the
Steak finger special

Steak finger special


That turned out to be fingers of chicken fried steak with white gravy and fries. I also had a root beer float. Bob had a milkshake and he and E both had hamburgers

Starting out again we found and visited Needville Baptist Church cemetery (in a hay field),
Needville Baptist Cemetery from the road

Needville Baptist Cemetery from the road

Needville Baptist Cemetery

Needville Baptist Cemetery

Cactus in Needville Baptist Cemetery

Cactus in Needville Baptist Cemetery

Rental car where we parked next to the haybales to go to Needville Baptist Cemetery

Rental car where we parked next to the haybales to go to Needville Baptist Cemetery


New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery,
New Prospect Cemetery

New Prospect Cemetery

New Prospect Cemetery

New Prospect Cemetery


Pleasant Rest Cemetery which had a sign which was put up as an eagle scout project), (with Cemetery spelled wrong on the sign - the word cemetery has no A in it)
Peaceful Rest Cemetery

Peaceful Rest Cemetery

Peaceful Rest Cemetery

Peaceful Rest Cemetery


San Francisco Cementerio Sociedad,
San Francisco Cementerio Sociedad gate

San Francisco Cementerio Sociedad gate


San Francisco Cementerio Sociedad

San Francisco Cementerio Sociedad


and Sitta Cemetery.
Sitta Cemetery sign

Sitta Cemetery sign

Sitta overview with the road on the right that divides it from St. Michael

Sitta overview with the road on the right that divides it from St. Michael


Sitta Cemetery is a little cemetery which is surrounded on three sides by Saint Michael the Archangel Cemetery
Saint Michael the Archangel cemetery

Saint Michael the Archangel cemetery


and the two were wrongly merged.

Then we went back to E's and had dinner early so we could go to our middle granddaughter's concert. She sang Oceans and accompanied herself on the guitar.
Granddaughter accompaning herself

Granddaughter accompaning herself


There were also other singers, a pianist, a dancer,and at the end a pairs dance where one of the people in it was a grown woman who was not a student or teacher at the school. Which I thought was really strange.
Dancer - not a student, parent or teacher

Dancer - not a student, parent or teacher


Our granddaughter didn't stay for the after party because she probably couldn't eat any of the food (she is allergic to gluten).

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Robotics Banquet and Flying Home

The end of the trip


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Saturday May 17th - spent the morning at taekwondo class and Bob went truck shopping with our son-in-law and grandson.
(after our son-in-law mowed the
Handkerchief size front lawn

Handkerchief size front lawn


and our grandson did his hour run for XC.)
Taekwando lesson

Taekwando lesson

Sparring match with referee awarding points

Sparring match with referee awarding points


Friday after we got back, Bob took a bucket and some water and washed the front of the rental car which was full of smashed bugs

I figured out how to make the camera do bursts of photos, but then couldn't figure out how to make it stop doing that. When they came back from the truck search, Bob and our son-in-law said all the trucks either had broken windshields (a lot of cars have that) or no A/C or both. There was one they saw where the truck was unlocked and so was the house, but there was no one home.

When we all got back to the house, Bob basically took a nap and I entered cemetery photos and wrote up the last couple of days. I caught Padme (their dog) peeing on the rug (which she is apt to do) and yelled at her.
Padme and youngest grandchild

Padme and youngest grandchild


They heated up the pool, so the girls and our son-in-law and I went for a swim. (It has been a little chilly for swimming)

Then our son-in-law's parents came over and we discussed scooters, traveling with a scooter and cruises. I recommended Cal to them as an agent. Then we had a sumptuous BBQ with shrimp, salmon, skewered vegetables, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, and then we had a choice of brownies, sherbet or banana cookie pudding.
Eating by the pool

Eating by the pool


We went back to the hotel - Bob has complained about the lights on the dash being too bright and I was trying to turn them down, but I activated the rear windshield wiper. Got back and parked by the side door as usual but the keys wouldn't work to open it, so we were going around to the front to get the keys reprogrammed. Bob was a little ahead of me as I had to turn around. I got one back wheel of the scooter off the edge of the sidewalk. The front handlebars weren't all the way up, so when I tried to get the wheel out, the scooter and I toppled over sideways and fell to the ground. My pocketbook strap was over the handlebars pressing on the accellerator lever which caused the scooter wheels to spin madly in space. Bob was already around the corner.
Dirt on the sidewalk where I turned the scooter over

Dirt on the sidewalk where I turned the scooter over


Eventually I got myself untangled and up righted, and I put the front handlebars in the right position, and scootered over to the entrance. There was no sign of Bob. I said to the room in general, "Where did my husband go?" and a man who was sitting in the lobby said, he went that way, and pointed. I caught up to him as he was going through the door to the hall where our room was.

Sunday May 18th we stayed at the hotel until after 1600 and then went over to E's house, and we all went to our grandsons robotics banquet.
Registration table

Registration table


Salad

Salad

Cake for dessert

Cake for dessert


They had the robots there.
Robot

Robot


Robot innards

Robot innards


Kryptonite Aerial Assist robot

Kryptonite Aerial Assist robot


They announced the new student officers (Our grandson is now a VP in charge of Community Affairs).
Grandson on right

Grandson on right


The students gave the mentors a little plaque with a pedestal and ball on it (an 'in' joke). They roasted the seniors and the resigning faculty liaison gave a tearful speech at the end.
Trophy

Trophy


Afterward I packed. Well I mostly stayed in the bathroom and Bob helped me pack.

May 19th We checked out of the hotel at 11:30 and drove over to E's house and transferred the luggage over to her car. Bob took the car and turned it in, and E picked him up at the car rental and drove us to the airport. We got to the airport at about 1:30. We curb checked the bags
Southwest ticket counter

Southwest ticket counter


and they asked us if Bob would push me, but we said not. Two reasons not to push yourself - the wheelchair person knows the airport and how to get through security with a wheelchair. And the wheelchair person can get the blue boarding pass sleeve for first boarding.

Apparently the wheelchair people are not paid except for tips and they have trouble getting them. We waited for a wheelchair person for 45 minutes. Other people in wheelchairs came and went. But we had time. They said that due to graduations, there were some planes that had to have nine wheelchairs
Our wheelchair number

Our wheelchair number

Wheelchair user directions

Wheelchair user directions


I walked through the scanning security thing, and again they had to pat me down. I asked why. They showed me my outline which had yellow patches on it. On my upper arms and on my legs. (Why I don't know - maybe fat makes them suspicious). They had to check that area.

We went to gate 24 where there was a flight going to DFW. Ours was the next flight at 4:10. Bob went to the bathroom and filled my water bottle. A flight came in and people got off and then they towed that plane away. Our plane came in and people got off and then we were to board. I put my pocketbook on the window seat and used the bathroom.

It was a full flight. We were to take off at 4:10, but we did not leave until 4:45. I don't know why. One of the flight attendants said that we were waiting for connecting passengers but we didn't see anyone board late.
Taking off from Houston

Taking off from Houston


The trip took 3 hours and so we landed about 45 minutes late.
Coming in to BWI

Coming in to BWI


They told us that the wheelchairs were not there yet and that the wheelchair people should wait until people that had tight connections got off. Bob got off with the carryons and waited for me in the jet way. I waited until there was a big gap in people getting off, and then went up and used the bathroom again. When I was done there were two wheelchairs there so I got into one.

The luggage came out pretty quickly. We decided to do as we had done in Houston. Bob unpacked the scooter, and put his carryon and my pocketbook into the scooter case. I got on the scooter and towed my computer bag. Bob put my red bag on top of the scooter bag and pushed the scooter bag (now much lighter) and pulled his suitcase. We went out where we had been told to wait at door one. Bob had found his phone and wanted to call the Hampton Inn. I told him to go back inside to call as it was so noisy out there that he couldn't hear me even when I shouted at him so I knew he would not hear anything on the phone.

We had to get out from where we were to the center island, but there was a bus across the pedestrian walkway (A big Greyhound type bus). Bob wouldn't wait for the bus to move - he moved all the luggage and the scooter up the curb. Then he left me with the luggage and walked down to the island - there was a police car parked with flashing lights keeping people from coming in to pick up where we were.

Got on the van and there were already two ladies on it. We picked up from American a lady and a little boy, and then two couples. The two ladies had been to Vegas and were going back to Chambersburg. The two couples were going back to the Eastern Shore, and the lady and little boy were on a MATS flight to Europe and were going back to stay at the hotel and try again tomorrow.

When we got to the hotel, we stayed on the van but everyone else and their luggage got off. The men in the couple got back on to ride the van back to where their car was parked. We just stopped at our car and unloaded the bags there. Getting the bags and getting to the car took about a hour.

Bob suddenly said "Wait - I'm missing a bag." I had to remind him that he had put his green bag inside the scooter bag. We stopped at McDonalds and got a sandwich. We got gas at the Wawa and we got home about midnight. The mail was here, and the cat ran around like a crazy cat. I think he thought he might get fed again. At least he didn't hide this time.

The iris in D's bouquet had withered (they opened before we left), but the lilies were still pretty. Our cat sitter Jean had put our son's flowers in water and they were very pretty
Mother's Day roses

Mother's Day roses

Our next visit was to Vermont in October

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