Step Two

February 11, 2008 at 8:38 am (Beading, My Travels, Nate)

I just booked a flight to Milwaukee for May 31st. I got the Expedia bargain fare. You know, the one where you don’t know what time you’re leaving or what time you’re returning or where you’re laying over, just that you’re goin’.  The good news is I got a direct flight from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee. The bad news is I’ll arrive in Milwaukee at 7:10 IN THE MORNING.

The other bad part of that is that I’ll only be in the air for an hour and a half.  I live four hours from Pittsburgh and my flight leaves at 6:40, which means I have to be there no later than 5:30 which means I should probably leave home by 1:00 a.m.  My best guess is, my room won’t be available for quite a while.

Since I saved on my flight, maybe I can afford to stay in downtown Milwaukee, at $130-$150 a night. ARGH! Even if I stay economy outside the city I still would have to either rent a car then pay parking or take a cab at $50 a day. Still, the savings would be around $50 a day or more.

On my day off, which is either tomorrow or Wednesday, I’ll be applying for an artisan grant through Tamarack. If I get the grant, it will take a big financial chunk out of my trip, which would be oh-so-helpful.

However, before I worry about that, I have to determine whether Nate and I will be making our big trip to the Grand Canyon, etc. etc.  That would take place the third week of March, which is a bit closer than the first week of June. Whereas I snagged that awesome $160 plane ticket to Milwaukee, I’m not having as much luck with our tickets to Las Vegas.  Car – affordable. Hotel – affordable and nice.  Plane tickets – WTF? Are you kidding me??? To Las Vegas??? Shit.

I may just have to bite the bullet. When am I going to have the time, money, and opportunity to take my only child to the Grand Canyon and beyond? Probably not for a  long time. Sometimes you have to just do it.


  1. KtP said,

    It will be worth it to stay downtown. Anything outside the city, while close, will hit you with rush hour traffic. Besides, there are buses in Milwaukee, so no need to rent a car or cab it. I know a smart girl like you can figure out the public transportation!

  2. Seamus said,

    I hope you do get the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon with Nate – there is just no experience like it!

  3. Vince said,

    Damn, that’s going to be a rough trip. No way I could do that.

    Good luck scoring tickets for your other trip!

  4. Mahala said,

    I haven’t done the Grand Canyon yet, but it’s on my list.

  5. Tina said,

    The Grand Canyon is overwhelming, dude. It’s so beautiful and serene. I almost cried the first time I saw it. It’s WELL worth the effort and time! TIP: Do not smoke your cigarettes while you visit. The high altitute/thin air will make you dizzy! Trust me!

  6. LisaBinDaCity said,

    Vegas is fun – I hope you can get a deal just so you can spend the money back on the slots 😉

  7. PandoraWilde said,

    What’s up in Milwaukee? I don’t know that I’d be able to get down to see you but it’s nice to know you’re within 5 hours of me.

  8. Michael said,

    In Vegas, you can win back your airfare at the casino.
    Have fun in BeerTown.

  9. charmed said,

    Bite the bullet. Nate will love the trip. We are trying to figure a way to take our clan on a similar trip this year. Yeah, wish me luck with that.

  10. Old Horsetail Snake said,

    Good luck, Punkin.

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