I almost don't know how to fully explain how our family reunion trip to Montana ended up being a week long trip in Seattle. But here is the Cliffs Notes version of our mishap.
Over the summer we had a massive family reunion trip to Lustre, Montana planned to visit the homestead where my mom grew up. My sister and I have never been as adults and it was the 100 year anniversary of the homestead. All of my cousins and my mom's cousins and old friends were going to be there. It was amazing and I could not wait to see the little farm home where my mom and her family grew up.
Come travel day... we were flying out of Los Angeles with my parents and aunt (so, 7 of us in total were traveling together). We had a quick layover in Seattle and then on to a little airport in Montana. At the same time, my sister and her kiddos were en route to Montana from Dallas, Texas, with with a layover in Denver. Unfortunately our flight from LAX was slightly delayed, but delayed just enough that we missed our very short layover once we arrived (and sprinted) to the gate where our connecting plane was still at, but the gates had closed. After HOURS of all possible airports and airlines were researched, we had to accept we would not be able to get all 7 of us to Montana for over a week. (Only my aunt was able to make a later connecting plane to meet up with her children in Montana.) Our connecting flight was a very little airplane and there wasn't a single flight that could accommodate us all for days and days.
At the very same time, my sister was landing in Denver, only to find out her connecting flight was completely cancelled and she wouldn't get another connecting flight for days as well! So in a moment of frustration and tears and overwhelming emotions that our family reunion was not going to happen, we made the quick decision to get my sister and her children to Seattle and turn our layover into a 6 day vacation. It was chaotic and stressful. And tears were had. But after that first 24 hours of travel, we made the absolute best of one of our favorite cities around. And here are loads of photos to show for it.