I’ve had the opportunity to finally go to Michigan. It’s funny. I always pick traveling to other countries before heading to other states. I’m not sure why but I’m sure I’m not the only one. Regardless, I am so glad I had the opportunity to head to Michigan and I hope it’s not the last time. I went for a supplier visit and it’s actually quite hilarious because while I was working at my previous company, this was the year I was supposed to head to Michigan to hit a supplier site. Who would have thought I’d actually go for different business?
My first stop was Kalamazoo, Michigan. I flew from LAX to Chicago via a 787. The airplane nerd in me will always appreciate the airplanes I get to ride. The American Airlines 787 allows you to watch the in-flight entertainment on the domestic flights. So it’s pretty much amazing because you’re getting some of the perks of a long haul flight on a long haul aircraft that is very high tech but on a shorter route. I landed in Chicago with an hour layover and let me tell you, that was a mistake. An hour to run through terminals at O’Hare is a poor life decision. I ran from terminal K to terminal G dodging travelers in every direction. It was terrible. I eventually ended up at my gate with ten minutes to spare and sweating. Sadly enough, this was not my first and will not be my last time experiencing that. (I love my cheap flights). After finally getting to my gate, I settled in a chair for a few minutes and then we began to board for our flight.
Remember my trusty mint green backpack that has wandered with me? Surprisingly enough, it does not fit well under the seats of some Embraer jets. Especially ones that only fit 3 people per row. 1 seat on the left and 2 on the right. These planes are predominantly used for those short flights that only get to 15K feet and by the time they reach peak altitude, they’re descending into their next airport. I boarded my airplane and immediately fell asleep since I had a late night prior to waking up super early for my flight.
I landed in Kalamazoo and man oh man. That airport is tiny. It’s definitely not the tiniest I’ve been to (Charleston back in 2011) but it was close to being the tiniest. Only a few gates and when you walk out, you’re out of the airport and just hanging in Kalamazoo. There’s really not a lot to that airport. It’s pretty adorable. That flight started the road trip work adventure of a lifetime.