The GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle is not officially kicking off until tomorrow. However, GPUG organizers have decided that presenters should meet at 5:00 PM PST to get some final pointers and make sure that we are ready for the show.
My morning started very chaotically, getting up early and packing my suitcase to rush into the all too well documented Atlanta traffic to get to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Highway 400 is usually not the place to be at 7:30 AM and it proved me right this morning. I had to deviate through the much slower Highway 9 (Alpharetta Highway) which took me out to the Perimeter (I-285) and back onto Highway 400 and through the Down Town and to the airport.
Upon arrival at the airport and within 30 minutes of boarding, I ran into my second stumble: the South Terminal parking lot was full, with signs indicating to go to the North Terminal's parking lot. Driving to the North Terminal, I had to exit the airport and loop back to access the blue parking lot. Finally, after getting a space, I was off to getting a boarding pass and to the gate.
The flight left at 10:00 AM on the dot and was uneventful for most of the trip up from Atlanta. However, the Pacific Northwest is well known for the strong jet stream and trough coming from the Pacific Ocean. This made for a bumpy ride into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, SEA-TAC.
|Cloud mass ahead, before bumpy ride started|
The last part of the descent into SEA-TAC was graced by an exquisite pass over Lake Washington, crossing over I-90 (Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge), an entry point over Boing Field, to finally land at the International airport.
|Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge|
|SEA-TAC gate A4|
|Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners|
|Skyline captured from taxi in motion|
|View from my room at Grand Hyatt|
Well, I am sure they are more details that I forgot in the process, but then again, I have been traveling for more than 7 hours. Now, stay tune for my next installment, which will go through the rest of my afternoon.
Until next post!
Mariano Gomez, MVP