Ryan, Megan, Alex, and Katie's Dallas Itinerary
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Monday, October 20, 2014
Goodbye, Wright Amendment and Hello, Ebola! We're headed to Dallas, baby! The Wright Amendment was a federal law that has been haunting Southwest Airlines since 1979, preventing them from flying between Dallas Love Field and most other cities outside Texas. As of Monday, that amendment was finally repealed, so we can finally take a non-stop flight from BWI to DAL! We decided to be among the first long-distance non-stop flights into Love Field, so that's the reason for the trip! The timing also happens to coincide with the end of the State Fair of Texas, so we'll be lucky enough to attend that during this trip, as well. We've got a lot to do, but significantly less driving than normal. It's a good thing all the Ebola patients have moved onto other cities, so we'll be free to explore Dallas for all it's worth! Let's go!
All times are local to the particular city. This trip will take place entirely in the Central Time Zone (1 hour behind Eastern).
Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell):
Phone (Megan's Cell):
(will be checked as often as possible)
You know the drill. If we have signal and feel like setting up the webcam, the pictures above will start changing.
*** OUTBOUND ***
Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Saturday, October 18, 2014 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight 936 (Baltimore to Dallas)
DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 7:15 AM
ARRIVE Dallas, TX (DAL) at 9:35 AM [10:35 AM, EDT]
POSITION - Ryan: A19, Megan: A21, Alex: B42, Katie: N/A
AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700
*** INBOUND ***
Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Monday, October 20, 2014 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight 784 (Dallas to Baltimore)
DEPART Dallas, TX (DAL) at 5:10 PM [6:10 PM, EDT]
ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:05 PM
POSITION - Ryan: TBD, Megan: TBD, Alex: TBD, Katie: N/A
AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700
Hotel: Night 1 - October 18, 2014
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
900 E. Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
Room Type: Standard Room, 1 King, Skyline view
Hotel: Night 2 - October 19, 2014
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King
Car Rental: October 18 (9:30 AM) - October 20 (5:00 PM)
Alamo Rent A Car
7366 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75235
Car Type: Fullsize (Ford Fusion or similar)
Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. For context, this section was written by Ryan.
Please note that times are ESTIMATES only to give you an idea of what our original plans were. We get distracted and detoured easily, so just check the webcam and/or GPS tracker to get an idea of where we really are.
Saturday, October 18
Let me guess - a night without any sleep and a very early morning flight? Bingo! We better get up early because our plane is taking off at 7:15am. We'll land  sometime in the 9am-hour, and then things get a little wacky. Our hotel for the night is offering free admission and subway tickets to the State Fair, but the hotel it over an hour away from the event. So, we'll make our way out to the town of Richardson  to attempt an early check-in, or at least to pick up our tickets. From there, it's a short walk to the train station (or the DART Rail, as they call it), where we'll take an hour-long train ride into the city. I'm thinking we'll get to the fair  by around 1pm, if we are lucky. We'll spend the entire day there because there is a ton to do. We might even catch a concert by Collective Soul around 3pm. After we've had enough of the fair, we'll take the Ebola-free DART back to our hotel  for the evening. And that's it! If things don't go well (we are too tired; the hotel doesn't have tickets; Alex and Katie are a mess...), we might postpone the fair until Sunday and swap some of Sunday's activities for today.
Sunday, October 19
It's Sunday morning in the big city! Today, we'll start off by heading north, perhaps stopping by Saint Jude parish  on the way for an 8am or 10am mass (hopefully the former). Then, it's an hour drive to the Oklahoma state line, for no other reason than to get Katie's picture taken at the state sign. Another hour later, and sometime after 1pm, we'll be back down in Dallas. We might even feel e-bold-a enough to swing by the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital . Either way, by the afternoon we'll complete our tour of every presidential library and museum in the country by going to the one honoring George W. himself . As time allows, we'll then sneak off to the Nasher Sculpture Center , which closes at 5pm - just in time for dinner somewhere in the city. After that, I think we are going to the Renaissance Dallas hotel , which is the same place we stayed the last time we were here in 2013 - but that might change if we can find a better deal elsewhere.
Monday, October 20
It's the last day already? Yep! We don't have a whole lot of time today, but we will try to squeeze in 3 activities... First, we'll go to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden , which opens at 9am. After that, we'll check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science , which just opened in December, 2012 - and probably dodge a few field trips while we're at it. And finally, we'll wrap up the day back at Love Field, checking out the Frontiers of Flight Museum , where we can find out what it's like to sit in a real Southwest Airlines airplane! Our day will wrap up by around 3pm, at which time we'll return our rental  and take our 5:10pm flight back home.
Where you at?? We are never 100% on time to our destinations, so we've taken all the guesswork out of figuring out where we are by broadcasting our GPS location. You'll need to manually refresh this page to see our latest movements, but so long as we get cell phone signal, you'll be able to see where we are!
And if that's not good enough, we've still got our guesstimated route highlighted below...
Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.
Flight Explorer (http://fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/)
RML Software (http://www.flightview.com/)