We are off! Hard to believe it is finally here. We booked this trip in the Fall of 2010 and now it is February 2012 and we are starting our journey.
started looking at flights we knew we didn't want to fly to Rio via anywhere
that was cold and could get hit with weather issues. We found a great one way
flight from San Francisco and since we end the cruise there, it made sense to
book a return flight Vancouver to San Francisco with the return being after the
Then it came
down to when do we fly to San Francisco? Our flight to Rio wasn't until 11 ish
on the the 11th of February, but Bernie and I both love San Francisco and we
have friends there so we discussed it at length, he originally wanted three
nights, I wanted one night because as it was the trip was already long. We
settled on two nights.
Our flight we
booked with airmiles with United. We left Vancouver at 3:52 and arrived in San
Francisco at 6:16 pm. We had arranged a room at the Best Western El Rancho Inn
near the airport -
http://www.elranchoinn.com/ we booked it
via Priceline.com http://www.priceline.com like we do
almost all our hotels at a rate of $80 per night. We have stayed here before
and it is a great place with a good restaurant and a shuttle.
Barb and Craig who we met on a Panama cruise a few years ago is meeting us at
the hotel for two nights and will be showing us around the next day. When we
finally arrived at the hotel after waiting almost a half hour for the shuttle at
the airport we were assigned to room 219. A basic room that looks like it has
recently been remodeled.
Barb and Craig
are just a few doors down so we stop in to say hi. Bubbly is opened up to toast
the reunion. And soon after we have to eat, so we ended up at the restaurant at
the hotel. Which I will say is very very good, not your typical hotel
We head back
to the rooms to change into more comfortable clothes. Yes I got into my pjs and
Bernie into his shorts and Barb and Craig also got into their pjs. We then
closed the night up with a beautiful bottle of 1984 port from Prager Winery.
But we are now beat! And I am feeling a little head ache coming on, it could be
the wine, champagne, or the port but no I think I am going to blame the
Day one was
great - and it is only the beginning