I had been dreading my final sequence for November almost more than I dreaded having to live in a hotel for 2 1/2 months during training!
It started with one leg to Leon, Mexico . . . No one I talked to had ever been there and I had to look it up on a map to even know where I would actually be flying to. For those that still have never heard of Leon, it is 340 miles east of Puerto Vallarta; 245 miles northwest of Mexico City; and most importantly 1,060 miles south and slightly west of Valley View (in other words . . . where my heart lies). Again, I must repeat . . . I was NOT looking forward to this stay. 17 1/2 hour layover (my longest so far) and what in the world would I do with myself. The second day of our journey would be 4 LONG legs flying to DFW, then to San Antonio, turn around and come back to DFW, and finally to Des Moines, Iowa. Here lies the final problem of the sequence. We had a 23.25 hour layover and what could I possibly do for that long in Des Moines, IA! Alas . . . as I said . . . THIS WAS MY BEST SEQUENCE TO DATE!!!!!
The picture at the top is the lovely village, Guanajuato, Mexico. It was a 40 minute drive from Leon but well worth the trip. This unique and quaint city is the capital of the state and is located in a narrow valley. The streets are narrow and winding and makes travel by car interesting to say the least. Many of the city’s streets are partially or fully underground because originally they were mining tunnels. The area’s original growth was the result of the discovery of minerals in the mountains surrounding it. At one point, 2/3 of the world’s silver production was mined in the nearby mountains. But enough history.
The city has a unique European feel and the people were delightful. Many did speak enough English that even this uncultured, non-foreign language speaker felt ok. (Something I did not experience in Mexico City.) I have already listed this wonderful destination as a spot to return to and bring any family that feels ready for an adventure “back in time”. To further enhance my journey, I was accompanied by my fellow classmate, Will, and the Captain and First Officer for our flight (the Captain was actually a father of one of my former Hawk students). Having plenty of company for the journey helped my sense of adventurism into the unknown.
(One of the many underground roads in Guanajuanto.)
The final leg, as mentioned above, included the long layover in Des Moines. Will and I were exhausted on Saturday after flying 4 legs so we opted for individual room service and early bedtimes with the promise of a leisurely stroll through the city and brunch at some local establishment. We found the most charming diner where a great Sunday Brunch event was taking place. The energy and decor brought back memories of Sunday Brunch in Austin with Heath and Kelsey. Will (an Austinite himself) agreed totally that Americana was amazing! The buffet encompassed three rooms and unlimited trips. The atmosphere provided by the decor, music, and energy of the patrons created the perfect spot to end a great sequence.
(Our hotel was over 100 years old.)
More adventures await and I just hope they will be just as inspiring.