I went backpacking,kayaking, and rock climbing for 2 weeks and here is my trip report.
We woke up fairly early in order to get to DFW for the 9:45 am departure of AA2301 nonstop to JAC. My dad got a pass to get past security with me and we checked in at the Admirals Club where I tried to move from 18A to somewhere further up in front of the wing, unfortunately, the flight was full. My dad walked with me down to C37 about 45 minutes prior to boarding where we saw a huge crowd waiting for the flight on which a 757 would be used. Unfortunately, I could not get the registration of it. My dadthen made sure I was okay and then left to join my mom who was waiting on the ground side of security. I was on my own now .
Anyway, the flight boarded on time and I took 18A in the old interiors. I sat next to a couple from Houston who were complaining that they couldn't take Continental, it was all in good humor though. To the left of my flight was an AA MD-80 at C39 bound for either LaGuardia or Reagan/National, I can't remember which. I think it was DCA though.
Anyway, pushback was ontime and the 2 hr and 14 minute flight was underway. We taxied across the airport to the other side where we followed an AA 763 that my best guess thinks it was bound for MIA. I also saw an Ex-TWA 757 in the full AA colors takeoff for presumably STL as it left out of Terminal B. I also saw a Delta 763 in the old-new scheme, I believe that flight took off right after my flight did.
Well, we arrived at our cruising altitude of 35,000 feet where CBS' "Eye on American" was shown and we were served a drink and a snack. I chose a water and the snack was an Oatmeal/Raisin Chewy bar which I resisted as I am not a huge Raisin fan. The flight was pretty uneventful and we had a very scenic approach into Jackson, Wyoming where I met my trip leaders and waited for the other 9 people on my trip.
Well, after 15 days of the Grand Tetons, backpacking in the Bitteroots, rock
climbing in Jackson Hole, chilling out in Jackson, kayaking the Snake river, and best of all, getting to know some of the most incredible people and having the best experiences of my life, all good(or bad) things must come to an end, and August 2nd was no different.
We woke up in Grand Teton National Park around 7:00 and drove to Jackson, which is maybe at most, 20 minutes away. We woke up early as some people in my group had an early Skywest flight to catch.
Anway, the 3 other people from my trip who were on my flight, and I, all checked in together and therefore were seated next to each other. I managed to switch from 18A to 12F in order to sit next to them. A very pleasant agent checked us in.
Well, after waiting a few hours and seeing people from my trip leave and after saying our goodbyes to our leaders, it was time to go past security. Upon reaching security, the line was huge. However, no worries. JAC has great security, except they have teenagers checking ID's !!
Security was tight, but it was very efficient and effective. The long line took no time. Upon reaching our gate(aka the only gate and is about a foot away from security), we thought we had about 30 minutes to spare, but right away, boarding was started. Upon walking to the aircraft via the airstairs, I noticed that the 757 for this flight was N643AA. I noticed the Oneworld sticker was missing and ithadthe old interiors, but I took my seat, 12F, and sat next to 2 extremely well behaved Chinese girls as my friends were in 13D,E, and F. One of them was quick to observe the most annoying screaming baby board our flight. That baby cried the whole flight from DFW to JAC. This time, I barely heard the baby, so it wasn't so bad. Anyway, upon pushback, I saw a United A320 park next to us and saw a few Skywest Embraers on the ground. Skywest has I believe bi-hourly SLC service from JAC.
Engine start was interesting as the engines whined at first, but all was well. The pilot lowered the leading edge slats and the flaps and we were set to go. Due to high traffic, we sat at the runway threshold for maybe 7 minutes or so, no big deal. I've had worse. The flying time today would be 2 hours and 13 minutes, one minute shorter than the first leg, big difference, I know.
Takeoff was nice and as we left an overcast JAC, I saw Jackson Hole resort on takeoff. I noticed that the American Way Magazine had come up August first, so this one was brand new, and between reading American Way, and talking to my friends(one of which was watching Eye on American and I could hear her laugh, it was funny, you had to be there), the flight went by pretty quickly. I had a water and this time the beverage was cheddar snackmix.
Upon landing at DFW, we landed on the crosswind runway on the eastern side of the airport and at about 4:15, we arrived at C6. Upon gate arrival, I saw the LH A340 to FRA takeoff and I saw numerous AA widebodies boarding for longhauls. I saw an AA 777 and 763 pushback. Well, my friend and I waited for the other two to go to the bathroom and we then ate our final meal together at Pizza Hut. It's not very formal, I know. Anyway, I had to go to C4 to get my bags as my parents were waiting for me, and the other 3 people had to make connections. 2 to the Northeast and 1to the Southeast. Oddly enough, the 2 people going to the Northeast had the same flight and sat next to each other. We gave each other hugs and said our goodbyes(our group was very close, if you all have not realized this yet). Anyway, I fetched my bags and a minute later my parents drove up and came in to help me out.
Oh yes, the flight number for the JAC-DFW leg was 2246 and left at 12:45 Mountain Standard Time. The flight was probably 97% full.
Well, I had a great time in Wyoming,Idaho, and Montana with a great group of people. If anybody wants information on the company I used, go ahead and email me. It is in my userprofile.