We made it! After fretting about the weather, we ended up leaving Lansing and heading to Flint at about 1:30 in the morning on Friday. We met up with my parents at a 24 hour diner until the reasonable time of 4 AM when my dad dropped us off at the airport.
We expected it to be dead but there were actually two flights, both going to Atlanta and both totally booked, scheduled to leave at 5:35 AM. As we waited through the security lines (which were overstaffed to the point of pointlessly slowing things down- I’ve never had someone scour my ID so closely before), the first snow flakes started to fall. Our flight, a Delta connection was small and they loaded us on the plane pretty quickly. The snow was coming down pretty hard and the pilot came on to explain that we had to be de-iced but first they had to put salt down so the truck could push us away from the gate.
Apparently, Flint only has one de-icing truck. By the time they finished one side, we were iced back up on the other. So, they got stronger stuff and did it again. Then began the slowest roll to the end of the runway, ever. Co-pilot came out in to the cabin to check the wings and make the final decision. Full flight, ice and snow, full baggage area. It was a close call but we took off!.
We missed our Miami connection by 30 minutes but Delta was on top of things and rebooked us, standby on the next flight. Due to a backlog of flights, we didn’t get in to Miami until after noon but our luggage made it too so I was happy. Chris’s mom picked us up along with a friend who had flown in from Ohio (they had freezing rain from the same storm).
After checking in with my dad, I learned that Flint got 7 inches of snow by noon and by the time he got home from dropping us off, the news was reporting all flights had been canceled/delayed till after the storm passed through.
Now, it was time for the drive to the Keys. And a pillow,very very soon: No sleep except for two 15 minute catnaps on the plane. First we decided to grab a bite to eat and Chris had a place in mind on the way.
House of Subs Deli
House of Subs is kind of a scaled down version of Quiznos. They toast the bread, use those three-prong condiment bottles for even coverage and serve Pepsi. Rather than 30 different combinations of meats, sauces and vegetables, House of Subs keeps it simple with your basic deli meats: turkey, ham, roast beef and salami. They also have meatball subs plus chicken or tuna salad. By coincidence, all 4 of us ordered the chicken salad sub. I had mine on honey wheat (baked in store) along with provolone, lettuce tomato and mayo. If I’d been a little more awake, I would have opted for the onion pumpernickel like Chris but my version did the job quite nicely. This chicken salad is the closest I’ve found to my favorite recipe which I used to get at a small deli in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Cityscape, located right across the street from my job then, was a weekly hit. I alternated between the turkey club and the chicken salad. The shop also offers soups, salads and chips or sweets to accompany your meal. Catering is available too.
Address: 33497 South Dixie Highway, Suite 103, Florida City
Website: Menus & Catering Info