December 12,2018, Phoenix-
I got back in time to see the sun cast its brilliant hues, but being in the baggage claim area, with my camera in one of the bags- there are only the images left in my head.
The flight back was quotidian, with a curious, playful infant breaking the monotony, at the outset of our departure from Reagan National to Dallas. That’s fine; I’ll take a captivating child, followed by crickets, any day of the week.
Dallas offered a hearty Italian sub, as my combined lunch and dinner. I haven’t had a real Italian cold cut submarine, in about 30 years. I was surprised that, with the line at neighbouring Chik-Fil_A spilling into the concourse, there were only three of us at Campisi’s, which holds its own-to this child of a largely Italian neighbourhood in the Northeast.
Dallas-Phoenix was also a full plane, yet I scored a second window seat in a row. The middle seat went to the male half of a young couple, who were oblivious to anyone but one another, save for handing me my complementary coffee. I got further into Ken Follett’s “Winter of the World”, on this return flight, so it was win-win.
The drive back looks to be uneventful, now that the rush hour traffic has abated on AZ 51, north of Bell Road. I will take my usual Cave Creek Rd-Carefree Highway-7th Street-New River Road route to I-17, since AZ 101 is almost always in Crush Hour mode until nearly 7:30, on weeknights. Phoenix residents will know of which I speak.