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Ryan's Grapevine-Texas Itinerary
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Thursday, June 4, 2015

Howdy! Well, here I go, off to Texas for a few days... by myself. I'm going to be attending a work-related conference, which happens to be held outside of the D.C. area for the first time since I started attending several years ago. Sadly, I'll need to leave Katie, Alex, and Megan behind this time around. However, the days are going to be jam-packed, basically from 7am until almost 8pm every day. The event is being held at the Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, Texas. There's not a whole lot around there, so I initially booked the hotel for every night of the trip. However, I was recently offered an opportunity to upgrade my elite status with Marriott, but it requires 9 "stays" (not nights) over the course of a few months. Since we don't travel much during the summer, I changed around the plans and will be doing a bit of hotel-hopping on this trip. A bit inconvenient, but hey, anything to enhance our loyalty status, eh? So, anyway, let's hope the roads have dried out a bit after weeks of flooding throughout Texas - 'cause here I come!
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. This trip will take place entirely in the Central Time Zone (1 hour behind Eastern).

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*** OUTBOUND ***
  Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Sunday, May 31, 2015 -  TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 3483 (Baltimore to Dallas)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:20 AM
  ARRIVE Dallas, TX (DAL) at 11:40 AM [12:40 AM, EDT]
  POSITION - Ryan: A25
  AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700

*** INBOUND ***
  Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Thursday, June 4, 2015 -  TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 887 (Dallas to Baltimore)
  DEPART Dallas, TX (DAL) at 11:00 AM [12:00 PM, EDT]
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 3:00 PM
  AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-700

Hotel: Night 1 - May 31, 2015
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: 1-817-778-1000
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King

Hotel: Night 2 - June 1, 2015
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: 1-817-778-1000
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King

Hotel: Night 3 - June 2, 2015
Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Phone: 1-817-961-0800
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King, TX Motor Spdwy view

Hotel: Night 4 - June 3, 2015
DFW Airport Marriott South
4151 Centreport Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76155
Phone: 1-817-358-1700
Room Type: Guest room, 1 King

Car Rental: May 31 (12:00 PM) - June 4 (12:00 PM)
Payless Rent A Car
6822 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: 1-972-505-2880
Car Type: Intermediate

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.

Sunday, May 31 - Thursday, June 4 Find more about Weather in Dallas, TX

Since there's not a whole lot to this trip, I'll just summarize everything here.

  • Sunday: Arrive in Dallas around noon and pick up rental car. Drive around town and trying to avoid any floodwaters. Arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon to check in for the night.

  • Monday: This is a jam-packed day, starting with breakfast at 7:00am. Attend presentations until around 5:30, when I get dinner at a reception until 7pm.

  • Tuesday: Another jam-packed day, starting with breakfast at 7:30am. After a bunch of additional presentations, we rock out to "All 80's, All Night Long" from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Since my hotel is elsewhere, I'll probably retire from the event earlier.

  • Wednesday: Another early morning, this time battling rush-hour traffic. The conference wraps up by the early afternoon, at which point I have the rest of the day free to catch up on the work I've missed over the past 3 days. The Orioles are in Texas this evening, but way out in Houston - 4 hours away. Unfortunately, I don't think this is an option...

  • Thursday: After getting breakfast at the hotel, I'll head to the airport, arriving in the 8:00am hour. Barring any flight delays, I should get home just about the same time as Megan, Alex, and Katie!

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.

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