June 8: Off we went!  Mel and I drove up to the airport and parked our car.  Normally we don’t do this since it costs money but this time we decided to go with convenience.  So did hundreds of others – which is normal.  The Tulsa airport has awesome parking; it’s pretty reasonably priced and usually a shuttle bus will follow you and pick you up at your car to take you to the terminal.

We flew on to Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU) without incident.  Tom and Darla were waiting for us at the baggage claim.  This is the first time I’ve seen them in several years and it’s probably the only time in many years that we’ve had the time to sit and chat and truly catch up on life.  They drove us back to their house in Clayton and we just sat around and talked till bedtime.

We did get up and go get barbecue at Smithfield’s near their house.  We met Melanie and her family there and again got caught up on lots of things.  We visited just in the nick of time; Melanie and her family are moving back to Arkansas in the very near future so it’s lucky we got a chance to see them.  Tom and Darla are moving back too but at some later time whenever it’s convenient.

So our first day went smoothly.  It was a good indicator of how the rest of the week would go.