For clarity, this update was written yesterday.
Everything was going to plan yesterday. Dad and I rolled into Asheville, grabbed lunch, and enjoyed an evening graciously hosted by some longtime friends. Dad was to set off early this morning to pick up mom, Caroline, and grandma from the Charlotte airport, a two hour drive. They would all be back in the afternoon, and we would lead an uneventful evening.
I awoke at 7:30 this morning to a text from Mom that their flight had been cancelled. Quickly I gathered my groggy wits and called Dad, who was about 20 minutes already on the road. Fortunately, mom was quickly able to find another flight into Fayetteville, NC that would arrive at 2PM. The downside, Fayetteville is a 4 hour drive from Asheville. As I write this, sipping on coffee, and relaxing on the couch at our friends house, I really feel sorry for everyone involved. Mom, grandma, and Caroline were up at 3:00 AM this morning; they are going to have a long day. Dad has been on the road since Friday. Less Saturday (climbing), this will be his third day in the car. He has an 8 hour round trip drive. Hopefully grandma is hanging in there. She's a tough cookie, but I'm sure martinis will be in order tonight, as well as an early bedtime. As for me, I've had a lovely day! Slept in, noodled about on the computer, and talked college with our friends. The rest of the family should be here around 6:30.
Luckily the rest of the week should be unaffected. Dad and I are thinking about heading to Winston Salem to visit Wake Forest tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to some mountain biking, dining, and waterfall hikes with the family. Should be fun!