Unless you’ve been hibernating for days, then you’re probably aware of the eclipse mania that swept the country this week. As luck would have it, the city where I currently live was one of the prime viewing spots for this eclipse, so my friend Liz flew all the way from London to witness the event. But getting to South Carolina, was easier said than done.
Liz was scheduled to leave London On Saturday morning (or early afternoon for her), and was scheduled to land in Charlotte North Carolina around 6 that afternoon. From there she would make a connection for Greenville South carolina, where she’d arrive around 9 that night. Unfortunately, Liz was delayed leaving Heathrow, so she ended up missing her connection to Greenville. But that was just the start.
It turned out there were no more flights out that night, so she’d have to wait until Sunday sometime. She thought about renting a car and driving the rest of the way, but none of the car rental places would rent a car for a one way trip. They all wanted her to bring the car back to Charlotte, which I think is rubbish.
A cab from Charlotte to here would have cost over $200. So left with little options, Liz took a cab to the Greyhound station in Charlotte. When I told the wifey about the Greyhound idea, the conversation went something like this:
Me: She may take a Greyhound
Wifey: Greynound, as in the bus?
Me: No, she’s riding a greyhound dog from Charlotte
At the station, Lix thought she lucked out because there was one bus headed to Greenville at 9, so she’d be arriving here around 10:30, or so she thought. The bus got delayed 4 hours, meaning she wouldn’t get here until 2:30 or so.
While all of this was going on, I kept telling the wifey “Let’s go to Charlotte and pick her up.” The wifey was worried about the drive because we were both so tired by that point. But my in-laws said, they’d go with us so that we could split the driving.
We headed towards Charlotte around 11:30, I know this because an SNL rerun had just started. But just before midnight, Liz called to say they got another bus, so she was on her way. We headed back home, and finally picked her up around 1:42 in the morning.
With everyone tired, we decided to take it easy the next morning. But Liz did joke that after the journey here, this have better be one heck of an eclipse. And it was! Here are some of the pictures Liz got on her super expensive camera: