Today we will spend all day travelling back home from Colorado. We have spent the last week out in Pueblo, Colorado where my wife is from and where all of her immediate family still lives. This past week was the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Laura's parents so we all travelled out west to be part of the festivities.
The return trip home today won't be as festive. We are using airline miles we have earned by paying our kid's college tuition. As a result, we can only fly American Airlines. That means that the itinerary for our trip home looks like this:
We drive from Pueblo, Colorado to Colorado Springs!
We fly from Colorado Springs (COS) to Dallas/Ft Worth (DFW)!
We fly from Dallas/Ft Worth (DFW) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)!
We fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC)!
We drive from Traverse City, Michigan to Gaylord!
That's a long day!!!!! But the trip is free due to redeeming miles so what's an extra stop or two? We originally were looking to use our miles for a trip to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary in 2012. But this trip west followed by using the remaining miles to get our kids back and forth from college this Thanksgiving will take care of any surplus of miles we have collected. But that's OK! The round-a-bout way it is taking us to get to Colorado and back may have produced 7 lay-overs in 6 countries around the world simply to get us to Hawaii!