Back in April we set up a college visit for our son, who is graduating this year. He was accepted to this school, so even though it was far, we knew this was a trip we couldn't postpone. The baseball coach was very interested in him, so it was even more important to take this trip.
Finlandia University is located in Hancock, MI. I had to look it up on a map because I've never traveled to Michigan and had no idea where this place was located.
I was in shock when I saw where it was! All the way up there? How do they play baseball, I'm sure it snows 95% of the year!! So many thoughts ran through my head, but still, we had to give it a chance. Besides, as of that moment, this was the only school that had accepted him and was interested in him pitching for the D3 team. So the planning began.
I quickly realized that there wasn't an airport nearby that we could fly into at an affordable price. A flight into Hancock, MI was $800 per person!! There was no way I was paying that much! So I kept researching, and looking for any airport within driving distance.
Chicago turned out to be the best option. I got us flights for $150 round trip, you can't pass that up so I booked hubby, my son & me. Baby girl would have to stay home with her aunt for this trip. There was no point in bringing her along. The drive to Hancock from Chicago would be 7 hours! That was going to be terrible, but it had to be done.
Since our flight was late afternoon, I thought it best to stay at a hotel close to the airport and then head out early the next morning - like 4AM early! We are all booked - now to wait on our travel day.
April 18th rolls around and after a few hours of work, we were at the airport ready for our flight! The terminal was small and wasn't full at all. Our flight was delayed, but they made an announcement about jumping on the next flight and to go see the attendant at that gate, so I jumped up and walked there as fast as I could. I was not in the mood to sit around waiting for our flight - We were all tired and wanted to be on that plane already. An hour later we were on board!