Day 1 (Nate’s 15th birthday)
Plan: go to work in the morning, leave for the airport at noon, arrive at WDW, check in and head straight to Magic Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours to celebrate Nate’s birthday
Actual: I asked my principal if I could go in a little early and leave a little early to give us a little more time to get to the airport. She kindly agreed. However, as soon as I got to school everyone was talking about the bridge we needed to use to get to the airport closing sometime before 6 pm. No one knew when it would close, just that it would close when (not if) the water reached the highway. I went straight to stress mode—What if we get to the bridge and it’s closed? We have to turn around and backtrack to get a different way, losing time we don’t have. We were already cutting it close and didn’t have time for that.
We decided to bale a little earlier that planned. I made a quick call to the sheriff’s non-emergency number to see if the bridge was still open and we hit the road in the pouring rain. We made it across the bridge with time to spare and by the time we got to the airport it wasn’t pouring, only a light shower. Mike dropped us off to check the luggage while he parked the car. The kids and I had the luggage checked and were through security in no time. We could have stayed at school another hour easily but I didn’t know that a few hours earlier.