Our flight from Grand Junction was scheduled to depart at 06:10. We arrived at the airport two hours ahead, just like good travelers are supposed to do. The airport building was open; however, the check-in counter did not open until 05:00. We did get the process started by using the kiosk. Then we waited for an agent so we could check our baggage.
With the check-in behind us, we made it through security quickly. We treated ourselves to our first cup of coffee of the day at Subway. We carried it to the gate area and waited to board our plane.
We boarded the plane and took off right on time, just as the sun was rising. We took off essentially to the southeast. The Colorado National Monument looked amazing with the sun splashing it with various shades of red. Out the right side of the plane we could see the La Sal Mountains in Utah. A little later we flew over the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Mountains. The early morning light mixed with the fresh snow made for some stunning views.
The closer we got to Dallas the more our view of the ground was obscured until there was nothing but clouds below us. Regardless, we arrived at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport on time.
When we got off the plane we were met by an electric cart. We got on with a single lady and another couple. We went to one end of the terminal to drop off the lady. As we drove along I was surprised how cold it was going through the conditioned air.
We went to a different terminal with the other couple. That ride even included two elevator rides, cart and all. The other couple was dropped off at their gate and then we at ours. Then we stopped at the nearby T.G.I. Fridays for our breakfast.