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Land Of 10,000 Lakes On DL SAN-MSP-FSD Pt. 1 Pics  
User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1464 posts, RR: 3
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

INTRODUCTION-
This trip was to visit my Mom and family in Minnesota. Back in April I had taken a trip with my daughter to show support for my mom who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. This time my mom had been going thru chemotherapy treatment for a few remaining cancer floater cells. Since that time I’m proud to announce that my mom has been responding well to treatment and looks to dare I say be “cancer free” at the rate she is going. I accompanied her to a couple of her medical appointments and she received a clean bill of health for now.

When I explored the various airfares CO/UA turned out to be more expensive flying into MSP, and the same with FSD. After relentless searching online there was a decent airfare price with DL and I have and account with Dl as well as I do UA/CO. Additionally, I compared the Non-stop flights to MSP, FSD, and ATY. Needless to say that FSD was the lowest price this time and more convenient stop by being a closer drive to my parents in Southwestern Minnesota so I made my decision to fly the SAN-MSP-FSD route.

When I booked this flight I noticed that DL blocks a good chunk of Y class seats when you buy a ticket and this is also true with UA/CO. Part of the reasoning being that they hold extra legroom seats for preferred mileage members however they open up those seats within the last 2-3 hours prior to departure. I haven’t flown with Delta in a couple of years but I suppose they are following another marketing trend.

ARRIVAL-
I arrived at SAN at approximately 5:15 AM +/- for my early morning departure. There was a severe thunderstorm warning in the local area and I wasn’t sure how it would affect the departing flights.

Flightboard at SAN


CHECK-IN & SECURITY-
The check-in lines were pretty quick and I was able to make it thru check in within 10 minutes. Being a relatively full flight I wasn’t able to change seats to MSP or FSD. I made it thru made my way the elite security line and was thru in 2-3 minutes.


PRE DEPARTURE-
I ordered breakfast from California Pizza Kitchen at the food court in Terminal 2 and went for a shoeshine before finding my gate. When I arrived at the gate everything seemed fine and my flight wasn’t affected by the thunderstorms, and they just started the boarding process. We did leave the gate a few minutes later though due to non weather reasons.

Terminal 2 SAN
Terminal 2 Baggage Claim and Limbergh Aircraft Replica
Birthstone Exhibit
Birthstone Exhibit
UA/CO 737
DL 2176 to MSP

Date: Tuesday September 13, 2011
Segment: SAN-MSP
Flight: DL 2176
Registration: N3742C
Load Factor: 100%
Class: Y
Equipment: Boeing 737-832
Cruising Altitude: 37,000 feet
Cruising Speed: 457 kts
Duration: 3 hours 17 minutes
Distance: Direct: Direct: 1,532 sm Flown: 1,676 sm
Departure Gate SAN: Terminal 2 / Gate 41
Arrival Gate MSP: Terminal 1 / Gate C1
Scheduled Departure: 06:30AM PDT
Actual Departure: 06:48AM PDT
Route: PEBLE3 SXC LAX J100 BCE SNY J114 FSD RWF SKETR3
Scheduled Arrival: 11:30AM CDT
Actual Arrival: 12:05PM CDT
Seat: 25A

ROUTE-
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...6/history/20110913/1330Z/KSAN/KMSP
DL 757 being tugged to gate
DL 757 being tugged to gate


TAKEOFF- Takeoff was smooth but due to the overcast and weather I couldn’t see where we were until 10 minutes afterwards. It was when a few holes in the clouds opened up that I noticed that we were still over the Pacific Ocean. Usually departing flights out of SAN head west over Pacific Beach, the coast, and turn back eastward over Imperial Beach, Tijuana, etc... Looking at the overhead TV’s we were going NNW towards Long Beach and LA. We then turned northeast over LA and in to the desert making our way back to the original flight path.

Overcast over the Pacific Ocean
First Site of land after takeoff LongBeach/Carson, CA
Los Angeles area
Los Angeles area
Los Angeles area
Los Angeles area
California Desert
CA/NV area


Due to the turbulence beverage/snack service started about an hour after takeoff.


INFLIGHT-
Service was normal as could be as expected, there were the overhead TV’s for movies. I used the Wi-Fi to track our flight on my IPod Touch. When we reached Nevada the sky cleared up. The remainder of the flight was uneventful.

I was sitting next to a chatty older couple from the Northern San Diego area. It just turned out that they were also from Minnesota/South Dakota and knew of the area in Rural Minnesota I was traveling to so we had a lot in common.
Intial descent to MSP around Sioux Falls, SD area
Minneapolis Skyline
MSP
Welcome to MSP


Upon arrival at MSP I made my way down the long distance of moving walkways to the regional terminal A/B. The lines for the food court was long which only gave me time to wait for my next flight which was about to board when I arrived at the gate.


Big version: Width: 422 Height: 512 File size: 67kb

BOARDING-
I waited about 5-10 minutes until boarding commenced.

Date: Tuesday September 13, 2011
Segment: MSP-FSD
Flight: DL 4083
Registration: N8611A
Load Factor: %
Class: Y
Equipment: Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200
Cruising Altitude: 16,000 feet
Cruising Speed: 382 kts
Duration: 36 minutes
Distance: Direct: Direct: 196 sm Flown: 207 sm
Departure Gate MSP: Terminal 1 / Gate A2
Arrival Gate FSD: Gate G2
Scheduled Departure: 01:05PM CDT
Actual Departure: 01:17PM CDT
Route: SCHEP4 OTG FSD
Scheduled Arrival: 01:58PM CDT
Actual Arrival: 01:53PM CDT
Seat: 11A

Route-
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Flight to FSD


TAKEOFF/INFLIGHT- was rather quick and this was a very short flight just over 30 minute’s wheels up/down. We headed WSW over the Minnesota farmlands with miles of crop rotations. I didn’t like the positioning of the windows next to the seats as they are small and I had to stretch out to take pictures or see out the window.


South Minnesota
South Minnesota
South Minnesota
South Minnesota
SW Minnesota
SW Minnesota
Final approach to FSD


LANDING-
We made the SW downwind approach to runway 21

ARRIVAL-
I made my way to the Hertz counter to up my rental car. Below is the scenic drive from Sioux Falls, SD-Marshall, MN

http://picasaweb.google.com/11598790...rivingFromSiouxFallsSDToMarshallMN

SUMMARY-
The service on Delta was standard as usual. The only caveat with Delta’s offering is that the leather seats are really uncomfortable for me.

Thanks for reading my trip report and I hope you enjoyed it.

Any comments, questions, and feedback are encouraged,
Regards, Mike



[Edited 2011-11-12 20:51:53]

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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

Hi Mike,

great report, well done. I don't know why but out of all US States I always enjoy reports from Minnesota the most, it looks liek a very interesting and beutiful place. I hope I'll get a chance to visit the Land Of 10,000 Lakes myself someday.

I also enjoyed the pictures from your car ride, they reminded me of my little US road trip from Houston to Austin, although Texas scenery was a bit different 

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1464 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4325 times:

Quoting SloAir (Reply 1):
Hi Mike,

great report, well done. I don't know why but out of all US States I always enjoy reports from Minnesota the most, it looks liek a very interesting and beutiful place. I hope I'll get a chance to visit the Land Of 10,000 Lakes myself someday.

Thanks I appreciate it. There is always something special about that part of Minnesota or that region. First and foremost corn fields all over totally american and a lot of Scandanavian people live in that region. In essence you get the culture, food etc... of Norway a little bit.

Regards, Mike


User currently offlineEDTrauma From UK - Scotland, joined Jul 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Mike-

Did I miss the name of the IPhone/IPod app you use? If not, could I ask you which one it is?


User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1464 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

Quoting EDTrauma (Reply 3):
Mike-

Did I miss the name of the IPhone/IPod app you use? If not, could I ask you which one it is?

I assume your talking about the App tracking my flight. That one is FlightTrack for the iPhone/iPod Touch 4. It's a paid app but worth the money. It even has other features as well, and you can add the Flight Board for a few more bucks. Then again if you have a jailbroken device you may get it for free.

I used the Fly Delta App for my boarding passes which is a free app.

Cheers, Mike


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