We left a day early, Saturday, because we thought every one would be heading out on Sunday, plus the airfare was much cheaper. But it was still a bitch to get off of the Outer Banks. It took us 45 minutes to go 7 mile (it's just a single lane road until you cross over a bridge to the mainland. Then there were numerous other traffic delays so what took us 2 hours to get out took us almost 3 to get back.
Then we had the joy of flying on the micro sized regional jets to get home. Actually if you want to make a CRJ 700 feel like total luxury (our plane from Houston to ABQ), fly a 3 hour flight on an Embraer 145, quite possibly the most uncomfortable plane I have ever flown on (and I have flown the ER 145 many times unfortunately).
All totaled from portal to portal it was a 12 hour trip...Booooo!
BUT, for all who are wondering, before we left there was the frantic last effort by Team Puzzle to put their 1000 piece over the top.
One of the key members of Team Puzzle had to leave early so only two of the three stalwarts were left to push the effort to completion.
The Final Push
THE FINAL PIECE
A Job Well Done
And on to Happy Hour