Meaghan Walsh

Joined December 2016
  • Day0

    Nasa

    January 1 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Today we went to the Kennedy Space Centre. Due to the government shutdown our two hour bus tour of the site was cut to 10 minutes. Good news is that there is plenty to do and see.

    We had a great day but didn't do everything we wanted to - its really a two day site if you are interested in all things space.Read more

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  • Day7

    Aspen airport is the worst!

    December 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ -15 °C

    Up at dawn to leave by 6.30am. Managed to make us hot chocolates with marshmallows for the road trip.
    Its a lovely drive and it was good seeing the mountains at that time of the morning.

    Dropped off the oxygen at Breckenridge and at that time of the morning the town is quiet and the lights are still on so we drove down main street at a leisurely pace.

    The drive took longer than expected so mad rush to go back to Aspen accommodation to pick up our left objects, unload all the bags, get mum a wheelchair and return the rented car.

    Bags had to be checked in 45 minutes prior to scheduled takeoff so only just made it. Then massive TSA line for security check which would have meant missing the flight but luckily with the wheelchair we went to the front of the queue. Then a very thorough bag check and pat down.

    Then the chaos started. The airport is so small that after you leave the security check area there are masses of people standing around as each gate area has hardly any room for awaiting your flight. Total madness. So as you are trying to collect your xrayed hand luggage and put your shoes back on you are constantly getting knocked.

    Then massive confusion with all of the flights as they are either cancelled or running late.
    Of course the boards don't reflect the true story and even online there is no up to date information.

    Tempers are running thin and there is alot of swearing from frustrated passengers. Then a major bust up with one passenger yelling that another passenger threatened violence and that he feared for his safely and that the passenger should be excluded from the flight. So both are pulled aside, more yelling with an airport employee threatening to call the sheriff.

    So alot of waiting in a tiny cramped area with not much information. Then I get abused by a passenger for standing in an area that I was told to by airport staff. I have a person in a wheelchair!

    Then I have all the hand luggage plus I need to make sure mum doesn't slip on the ice as she gets out of the wheel chair and goes up the ramp into the plane.

    Next a nice young man offers to help with one of the bags only to be warned off by his mother as its not his luggage! Lady we have been through security and its only help with carrying one bag up a ramp!

    Then we get to our seats and as I let a man go by he carelessly nearly knocks me out in the face with his huge backpack. Luckily I saw it coming and pushed it back. As I tell him he nearly knocked me out he replies with 'well it didn't so what does it matter'. I then say you wouldn't have cared if it did to which he replies no I wouldn't. Welcome to aspen attitude from people who fly business on short domestic flights.

    So Aspen airport is woeful. Allow hours to check in for a domestic flight and expect it to be delayed or cancelled. The airport can't cope with the amount of flights hence the chaos. My initial thought is why schedule the flights to the point where this happens! Apparently the private jets also add to the mayhem. My thought there is commercial should take precedence over private jets!

    Next there is pretty much no chance of making our connection but of course that flight is also delayed.
    Then a flight to Orlando with screaming kids all headed to Disneyworld.

    Exhausted and tomorrow is my one day to check out the magic kingdom. I want to stay in bed and watch tv but the disney hotel is so expensive I have to follow through with the plan!

    Finally goodbye to my winter head and neck wear!
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  • Day5

    Breckenridge

    December 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 -12 °C

    Today I am off to Breckenridge. One to check it out and more importantly to try and get an Australian to US adaptor as we left ours in Aspen. Sandy very kindly let mum use her oxygen overnight as she couldn't use the cpap without the adaptor. Also mum is feeling the effects of the altitude more now.

    Aspen is 2438 metres above sea level and Alma 3158 metres. I am also feeling it with a constant headache.

    The drive is very pretty and Breckenridge goes all out with lights at Christmas. Lots of shops to look at and the houses are very cute. Its a very busy town as there are lifts/gondolas taking skiers straight to the mountains from town. This means parking can be scare and when the skiers come off the mountains traffic jams.

    I had read up and knew there was a free parking area as you entered town not too far from the main street. There are also free buses taking you around town.

    So had a lovely time looking around and the day went very quickly. Decided to stay until the evening so I could see the lights. No adaptor and I think I would have to go to Denver to get one so organised for a portable oxygen machine with the transaction being done in the carpark! Rang from the tourist office then met the ixgen guy in the carpark.

    Then a 30 minute drive back in the dark through the overpass which has lots of hair pin turns and of course its snowing. Maybe I didn't think this through!

    Thankfully the B&B is so lit up it could probably be seen from space!
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  • Day4

    Boxing Day road trip to Alma

    December 26, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ -8 °C

    Today we leave Aspen and head off to Alma about 3.5 hours drive away.

    Why Alma you might say. Well its cheaper than Aspen and I found a lovely quintessential colorado log home to stay in with gorgeous views.

    Its also only 30 minutes from Breckenridge which is meant to be one of Colorado's most christmassy towns.

    The drive took longer than google said but its a nice drive and we stopped in one of the impressive Colorado reststops for lunch. They are huge and have clean large restrooms and often a park with benches.

    We arrived at night and were greeted by our lovely hosts Sandy and Ernie. They are retired teachers and built this home as a bed and breakfast about 12 years ago. Its actually on the market as they plan to really retire to Phoenix in the winter and Colarado Springs in the summer.

    They have thought of everything. There are snacks, use of a fridge and microwave and every toiletry you could imagine. A fabulous breakfast is provided and if you need anything Sandy and Ernie are more than happy to arrange it.

    All the rooms have fireplaces and are very cosy and our room has a spectacular view.

    Plus the christmas decorations are full on!! I have never seen anything like it. Its like staying in a hallmark movie. Our room had so many I had to have some removed to fit in our luggage.

    So we have three nights here to relax.
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  • Day3

    Hotel Jerome

    December 25, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    So lovely having a hot chocolate in front of the fireplace in this hotel.
    Met a mexican family who so admired my christmas beanie that they wanted me in their family photos!

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