There was an icy mix as we headed to the airport this morning, but the main roads in Chicago were good. This time we went with Uber, and it was much better and half the cost of the cab we took from the airport last Thursday.
We flew into Atlanta without issue, but we had an hour and a half delay on our flight to Chattanooga. We got in after dark, but it was quite warm and we had to start peeling off layers as we picked up the rental car.
We then drove into downtown to an apartment we had rented through Airbnb. It was closer to the convention center than the usual hotel we choose, and the price was decent.
It was an okay apartment, but it didn't have a TV. I somehow missed that when I booked it, and with me still under the weather, I needed that distraction. Also, the washer and dryer the website indicated isn't actually in the apartment, but is downstairs somewhere in a common room. Ultimately, we decided not to stay. We had a cancellation fee, but we just chalked it up to a lesson learned.
We moved over to the Staybridge Suites at the Convention Center. It was a little higher priced, but it's right next to the Convention Center, it has a fenced, secure parking lot, and every room is a suite with a living area, desk area, and kitchen. There is a free buffet breakfast every day and a free buffet Monday through Wednesday night that includes beer and wine. There is also an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, and free laundry. Should have chosen this hotel in the first place.
It was well after 8:00 by the time we got settled in, so we just unpacked and called it a night.
This morning, I went for breakfast and brought some back for Linda. I'm starting to feel a little better.
This past weekend, we got a call from our financial advisors. They are leaving their firm and starting their own - Reliant Wealth Planning. We needed to decide if we are going with them, so I spent the morning researching and getting questions answered. Ultimately, we'll make the change, but we're not looking forward to changing all the accounts (including our checking account) and learning their new online system.
Linda emailed seminar handouts to all the Chicago seminar attendees.
In the afternoon, we went to the nearest Walmart to pick up a prescription for Linda and grab some groceries to get us through the weekend. Linda did laundry when we got back while I returned some emails.
We got an email from someone that met us here in Chattanooga last year. Andy & Jessica (506days) started full-timing last May and they are getting a journey in before their son starts kindergarten. Andy is also the festival director for the Lookout Wild Film Festival which just happens to be taking place this weekend. He asked if we would be interested in attending and said he would leave tickets for us as a thank you. We would have to miss some sessions because of our show schedule, but we accepted the offer. We're looking forward to it - Thanks Andy!
After the evening buffet at the hotel, we had a laid-back evening of TV and reading.
It was another working morning, and the 60 - 70 degree weather has been nice.
We confirmed that we are going to do a Fall Rally at River Plantation RV Resort, the same location as the Spring Rally. It will be September 25 - October 1, and as soon as I get the contract in hand, we'll set up the web page and open registration. One thing to note is that September is in their peak season, so the rates for RV sites will be higher. But we expect the Rally registration pricing to be the same. Oh, and River Plantation ended their relationship with RVC Outdoor Destinations, so they are once again independent - a good move in my book.
Later, we made another trip to Walmart and I got a haircut at the nearby Great Clips.
The afternoon and evening was really lazy with reading, TV, and naps mixed in. I think we're both just about back to normal and ready for the Chattanooga RV Show. Maybe we'll see some of you there. :)