Currently blogging from beautiful Southern California (SO happy to be home for Thanksgiving Break) but man, do I have a story for ya as to how I eventually got here.
Sooo, all last week I had been super pumped to A) get home and see family but also B) because I got to travel with my teammate, Allison, for the first time and I couldn’t wait to finally have a fellow L.A.-travelling buddy. On Friday, I was about to go pick her up from her dorm to head to D.C., where our plane was flying out of, when my car decided it was prime time to stop working. We already were on a bit of a time crunch since we were leaving after classes, so this wasn’t the best timing to have to wait for someone to come jump start my car. But anyways- this was probably the least of our troubles to start. After Public Safety came and jump-started my car (Thank GOODNESS for Campus Safety), we headed off to D.C. However, we soon ran into horrendous traffic in Harrisonburg and realized that there was no way in the world we would make our flight on time if we sat in that traffic. After like 8,000 phone calls to our parents, we decided the best thing would be to take a random exit I was about to pass, in order to bypass the traffic. We sat in a little more traffic there, but ended up COMPLETELY missing the ridiculous bumper-to-bumper traffic we had originally been in.
Okay so by now, you’re probably like woohoo, they’re good to go. But actually, even with finally bypassing most of the traffic, we were still most likely not going to make our flight. We made about 7,000 more phone calls and decided we were going to try to switch our flights to a later time. For some reason, it was going to cost over $1,000 to switch flights. After calling my loving father about it, he told me that I didn’t have an option and needed to make my original flight… Soooo, as we’re haulin’ it on the freeway in my ~super reliable~ car, we made a bunch more phone calls- and let me tell ya, Allison Webb is a hero talking on both our phones to many different people- we decided there was no way we were going to be able to park in the parking garage, take the airport shuttle (which only runs every 30 min), and then get through security to make the flight. So, my brother (from CA) somehow arranged a Lyft driver for us to pick us up right when we got to the parking garage and take us to our terminal. (Right when we arrived at the parking garage, she was basically waiting there for us so that was awesome). Again, I bet you’re thinking, yaaay they’ve done it. But theeeen, after telling our Lyft driver (from Compton- so a fellow Californian), that our flight was already boarding at that time, she decided she was going to help us get there quickly, so she floors her little Yaris STRAIGHT into a massive curb, completely destroying the front of her car. We had to pull over and check on it, but for some reason, she didn’t think her car was all that damaged (despite literally running over the front bumper on the way out of the parking garage)… So we kept going anyways and she got us to our terminal. Thank goodness Allison and I are collegiate athletes fresh out of season, because we BOOKED it through that terminal, rapidly got through security (which miraculously had no line), and sprinted to our gate JUST IN TIME to board (they were boarding the last few people). We showed up profusely sweating (which is a look our teammates are used to) but most of the people on that plane were pretty concerned with our state of being. However, I have no idea how we did it but we made our flight and are both safely in California now with family. 🙂
Anyways, it was a pretty crazy day/night getting home, but I’m happy to be back with family and even more thankful I had a teammate with me through it all. I can’t imagine going through that alone and Allison was the best travel partner I could’ve had to help navigate through traffic, call like 20 different people, sprint through the airport with, and just keep me company/make me laugh during the stressful time. Season is sadly over, but the excitement of WLUVB clearly never ends. 🙂
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and that it isn’t as insane as Allison and my travel day was!
From So-Cal with love,
Here’s Allison and me after landing in L.A. after our incredible adventure
View of L.A. from above- yay home! 🙂