The outline of our summer vacation is planned.
We will depart on Thursday afternoon, July 30. We are scheduled to arrive in Munich on Friday, morning, July 31.
We will spend Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, in Munich.
On Monday, August 3, we will head for Salzburg via Lake Chiemsee.
On Tuesday, August 4, we will head for Vienna via Melk.
We will spend Wednesday, August 5, in Vienna.
On Thursday, August 6, we will head for Graz via the Semmering Pass.
On Friday, August 7, we will head for Innsbruck via Klagenfurt, Lake Worth, Grossglockner Pass, Zell Am See and Kitzbuhel.
On Saturday, August 8, we will head back to Munich.
We will spend Sunday, August 9, in Munich.
On Monday, August 10, we will fly home.
It will not be a long vacation, but twelve days constitute the longest possible time my parents may be away from their work at present.
The purpose of the trip is to see as much spectacular Alpine scenery as possible, and we intend to see a lot of it, making one Northerly swing and one Southerly swing through Austria.
We shall visit a couple of museums in Munich and attend an opera performance in Vienna, but otherwise this trip is not built around historic and cultural attractions. We shall devote five days to experiencing the essence of Munich and Vienna, and five days to witnessing nature’s wonders in the provinces.
My parents are already worried about the flight arrangements.
On the trip over, we shall all meet in Chicago and fly to Munich nonstop on the same flight. My parents are already concerned about summer storms—they fear that summer storms will delay their flight from Oklahoma City to Chicago or delay Andrew’s and my flight from Minneapolis to Chicago—and the possibility that summer storms will cause them or us to miss the flight to Munich.
Andrew and I keep telling my parents that, in the event of unavoidable delays, the airline will be obligated to make other arrangements to get everyone to Munich, but my parents are worried anyway.
They also are worried that their luggage will not make the flight to Munich!
On the return journey, we will not all be on the same flight across the Atlantic. Andrew and I will return to Minneapolis via Chicago, but my parents and my brother and sister will return to Oklahoma City via Washington Dulles. Happily, our respective return flights are scheduled to depart within 55 minutes of each other.
Our upcoming trip will be my brother’s first trip outside the United States. He still has not received his passport, but it should arrive literally any day.
Since he selected our destination, he had better not change his mind now that all arrangements have been made!