Wednesday, February 1, 2012
"K" is for Kalamazoo ...
It's time for Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. This week we are studying the letter "K", as in Kalamazoo. Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo! Let me tell you my Kalamazoo story.
Back in the early 90's my husband and I planned to take a cruise to the Caribbean. We were scheduled to fly to Florida on a Sunday in March; however, the National Weather Service was predicting a "blizzard" and winter weather was rolling in. The day before we were to leave, snow was steadily falling and the winds were howling. As soon as we learned the local airport was closing due to the impending storm, we packed our bags and off we went. Luckily, we were able to catch a flight with a connection through Pennsylvania. While flying over Pittsburgh the pilot announced that airport was closing and we would be diverted to somewhere in Michigan. Obviously, we were not headed for Florida!
As we departed the plane I was shocked to see a sign that read "Welcome to Kalamazoo". If you don't already know, Kalamazoo is in the middle of nowhere! The pleasant lady working at the ticket counter told us if you want to get to Florida you first have to take a shuttle flight to Detroit. My husband and I just looked at each other in dismay. After waiting all day we finally caught a flight to Detroit and then onto Florida. I'm sure there were a lot of "cool" things to do in Kalamazoo, but we didn't stick around long enough to find out!
This snowy owl seems to enjoy the place.
He is ready to fly!
Who would have ever imagined a blizzard in March! It turned out to be the "Storm of the Century" affecting at least 26 U.S. states and much of eastern Canada. Upon returning from our cruise we had 22" of snow just waiting to be shoveled from our driveway!
So there you have my letter for this week - "K" for Kalamazoo. I hope you will stop and visit the other participants.