A Trip to the Airport…Rush Hour Traffic in Northern VA
My friend arrived back home tonight. She was in California stuck at LAX. I was asked to pick her up. Normally, this would not be an inconvenience. Unless they say they are arriving at BWI (Baltimore, Washington International airport). On a good day that one is two hours from our house. On a bad day…hang it up. We won’t go to that airport. I have to really, really LOVE you in order to drive to BWI.
Washington Dulles International airport is almost as bad. It is up I95, around the beltway (I495) and then take the Dulles airport exit. Make sure you stay to the left so you don’t end up on the Dulles Toll Road. I don’t mind driving to Dulles.
Unless it is during rush hour traffic.
No one understand rush hour traffic unless they live in Los Angles, Phoenix and New York. They can truly appreciate rush hour traffic. My friends plane arrived at Dulles at 5pm. That is smack in the middle of rush hour traffic. I would have been better off letting her sit at the airport for two hours then gone to pick her up.
It only took me 30-40 minutes to get to Dulles. North bound traffic was moving at a nice pace. I cringed when I looked at the south bound lanes. Upon arriving at the airport and taking the additional 20 minutes to locate the cell phone parking lot, I parked and took a nap. I did at least get a nice 20 minute snooze.
My friend called me to let me know she was standing outside gate 7 so off I went.
I missed the exit to Manassas. It would not have made any difference. Traffic was a bear no matter which way you went. We pulled out of the parking lot at 5:30.
Two hours and forty minutes. 2hrs 40 min. It doesn’t matter how you say it; it took us two. hours. and. forty. mins. to get home. My down yonder is stiff and my legs didn’t want to work. We stopped at our favorite awful place to grab a bite and stretch our legs then headed the rest of the way home.
If you decide to fly out for a visit? DO. NOT. SCHEDULE. YOUR. FLIGHT. TO. LAND. DURING. RUSH. HOUR. TRAFFIC. That is a baaaaddd thing to do to your friends. I would gladly pick you up at 2am as long as you don’t fly in between the hours of 6am-9:30am and 2:30pm -7:30pm. If you promise me not to do that, I will come home and make you sausage gravy and biscuits and might even throw in some homemade cinnamon rolls. You must not fly in during rush hour traffic.
I beg of you…consider your friends who must sit in traffic to get you back to their home.
All I could think of the whole way home was how happy I was that I wasn’t driving a stick.
I took a picture with my cell phone. It is not a great picture. I am sure you will get the idea.
In case you don’t believe me…It is like this every night. You can visit WTOP.COM and actually watch our traffic in the traffic cameras stationed along I95.
Have a nice evening… 🙂 I am standing up for the rest of the night.