LOL! I Won An Overnight Stay At The Airport (#145)

I wake up with a start and drool on my chin. I feel dazed and disoriented. My neck hurts. My back is stiff. My brain feels like it is full of dust bunnies. There is the constant thrum of escalators ever moving; some always up, some always down.

Through the thin scarf I’ve thrown over my face (to block out the incessant fluorescent lights) I see a bleak scene. Bodies are scattered everywhere. Some are slouched in lounge chairs, as I am, trying to get a few moments respite. Others are lying on the floor; heads and shoulders shoved under chairs like over-sized Marmadukes trying to fit in a pup tent.

Slouched in my own lounge chair, I see them, fellow travelers sleeping or just resting after a long day of hopeful waiting.

We are spending the night in the Denver International Airport. Might I add: through no fault of our own. Days-long high winds kept many flights earthbound over the preceding days. We are the fall-outs. Bumped from our flights so those before us could get to home or vacation destinations.

Is this what the airlines told us? God, no! We were given “other excuses.” The flight was over-booked. Your plane had mechanical failure. And on and on.

That’s when you notice the “little things” and stroll calmly over to their podium and read the notice on the side (in small print). It says, in effect, flights are overbooked. Even if you have a confirmed reservation it is still possible you could be placed on a later flight. Welcome to our present economy where airlines do not want to have even one seat empty.

However, there is an upside to our unplanned camp in. The airport has this nice lounge area for our use. With fluorescent lighting everywhere, various hues of gray permeate our vision.

There are a couple of wide screens mounted for our viewing pleasure….showing constantly changing pictures of the Denver area. Oooh!

One fellow has obviously availed himself of their free innovative sleep masks.

They also provide a super extra, extra firm mattress with a luxurious indoor/outdoor carpet mattress-topper. Ahhh!

And, yes, I did it! I slept on the floor at the airport. At least for a couple of hours. It couldn’t be helped. I needed to just stretch out and lie down.

I found an area with desks and chairs in a corner of the travelers lounge. Used my computer bag as a pillow. Put a hoodie on over my vest, socks on my feet and laid down on the floor. What a grit!

I did not care. Everyone else was doing it. As I fell asleep my thoughts turned to creepy crawlies and cooties, my invisible bedmates on the airport floor. Believe me, when you are exhausted it really doesn’t matter!

After a while I made my way to the lounge chair where I awoke at 5AM to the smell of coffee. The glorious aroma wafted from the Caribou Coffee counter.

With hot coffee in hand I greeted the day looking out on the pre-dawn Denver Airport tarmac with planes and baggage carts and shuttle busses just going about the day like any other.

And, so did I!

Joy! Annie

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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10 Responses to LOL! I Won An Overnight Stay At The Airport (#145)

  1. Alice says:

    Bummer! I can respect an airline that keeps planes on the ground so they don’t get blown and bumped out of the sky. But do they think the flying public can’t handle the truth?
    Sorry you got grounded, Annie. Adds to the adventure, though, doesn’t it? I got used to the traveling being an integral part of the adventure in India, and learned the practical meaning of “Patience is a virtue!” : )

  2. That was great. Love your writing.

  3. Neeks says:

    I’ve been stuck sleeping on the floor in the Atlanta airport before, no picnic for sure. I do work at an airport though, and (for our part anyways being a regional carrier) that bad weather does cause extra stress on those planes and we always ALWAYS have a round of maintenance(mtc) after a bad weather event, so those mtc delays may not be an attempt at intentional misleading of the public. What would be the point?
    Believe me, we hate the delays as much as you do. They make our already stressful jobs ten times worse. All those people that can’t get to children’s games, or plays, or dinners. The business people trying to get in place for work, the lover’s going home to loved ones.
    Anyway, great post!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my post!
      I do understand how bad weather creates a domino effect for travelers.
      I am even okay with the over-booking. All in all, I am honored that someone
      in the industry had the patience to read my blog and give another viewpoint.

  4. Neeks says:

    Over-booking is never okay, at least in my eyes! Of course, I’m only working to get my paycheck, not trying to run the business. lol.
    Your photography is really good, by the way. The airport ones I don’t like so much, they are good but I’m off today…and will have to deal with that tomorrow…lol!
    The autumn ones, WOW, is all I can say. WOW. There, said it again. 🙂

  5. Sher says:

    Annie – you are the best! God loves yo7u and so do I. Miss you. Glad you are home safe.

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