A Series of Unfortunate Events, or How Ice in Dallas Delayed Our Plans

Well, nobody said it would be easy.  If you checked in on the blog to see pictures of Guatemalan kiddos who would soon be served by our health care professionals, you’ll have to check back tomorrow. The Iowa contingents arrived at the airports yesterday to find an icy morning in Dallas would mean our connections would not be happening.

Sunrise over Guatemala City as we touch down at 6 a.m.

Sunrise over Guatemala City as we touch down at 6:30 a.m.

The majority of the team, leaving from Cedar Rapids, saw their flight cancelled all together.  They’re in transit now hoping to get here by Friday night.

Dr. Dan and I, leaving from Des Moines, continued to try to get to Guatemala by Friday morning so we could meet up with the New Jersey contingent and head on towards Huehuetenango.  It meant an additional leg through L.A. (those geography experts among you will note that L.A. is not on the way to Guatemala.)  We planned to fly through the night to catch a 7 a.m. bus to Huehuetenango.

During the trip, we did not let the delays damper our enthusiasm.  I thought that the added hours in flight would all be worth it if we saw a single celebrity during our 3 hours in L.A.  I would have even settled for a real housewife or lesser Kardashian (no offense, Rob).  But all we got to keep us happy was some time outside in the California air and a 22 oz. beer.

Well after 20 hours of transit and flying through the night, we ended up missing the bus to Huehue by 15 minutes!  So the New Jersians will be doing the first day of patient assessments alone, as we catch up on some sleep at the hotel.  Now, where is the hotel pool…

Minutes from landing in Guatemala City.

Minutes from landing in Guatemala City.

2 Thoughts On “A Series of Unfortunate Events, or How Ice in Dallas Delayed Our Plans”

  1. Teresa February 7, 2015

    Sorry about your delay in Dallas! That’s definitely been the coldest it’s been here all winter (I know, cry me a river). Hope the rest of your travels go smoothly. Looking forward to keeping up with your posts! (Amy is this you?)

  2. iowamost February 9, 2015

    Haha, yep, it’s me!

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