Trip to Gorge

by Holger 5. August 2011

Well, here we go again - Spring 2003, NYE 2004, Vegas 2004, Summer 2009, NYE 2009, Summer 2010 we now attend Summer 2011 shows. It is really fun to plan your vacation around shows and I always loved the US like I love Phish so for me it is combining two of the most fun things. This time it was a tricky one. From the day they announced the tour I was checking options. It must fit into the whole year planning and ideally should be in an area where we haven't been before. So I was desperately hoping for westcoast shows which haven't been announced in the beginning. Once they have been announced my phantasy went wild. Only problem - my wife started a new job and taking off 3 weeks was not possible. Luckily her boss approved 2,5 weeks so we got to squeeze the trip a little bit. Booking flights, car, hotels, etc was a routine after so many trips. Then about one week before we wanted to start the complete air traffic control in Germany planned a strike on the day we wanted to fly. Only at 10pm the night before a court ruled against the strike and made our trip possible. Then the flight was delayed in Berlin and I got nervous to catch the connection flight from JFK to Seattle. Thank god we catched up some minutes in the air. But immigration at JFK was the worst ever. Tons of passangers got caged into an underground labyrinth with no windows and no restrooms for 1,5h. People started to become aggressive, babies were screaming, kids were crying, men were close to fighting for space. Next horror news was that our flight to Seattle was overbook by 5 people and they were looking for flexible travellers. Of course we were NOT flexible ;)! Finally we made it into Seattle, fell into our hotel beds and tried to get some sleep. Keep you updated about our way to the Gorge...


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