From the miscellaneous drawer - Transportation?

Growing up, bicycles and ice skates were preferred methods of easy travel in grade school years. For high school it became public bus, electric commuter train or car pooling. A bike and a river boat transported me to Quebec City in Canada. Diesel trains took me to college and across the US to catch an Atlantic passenger ship. Travel by Greyhound bus, subways and cable cars gave way to gondolas, vaporettos (water taxis), ferry rides, pontoon boats, canoes and sail boats.
Airplanes? Oh yeah. In those years you showed up within the hour of departure, sat in comfy seats and were quickly at your destination.
On Wednesday two nieces were to be traveling by plane. One from London to Chicago. One from San Diego to Ely.
I’m not sure if my English niece traveled in a timely fashion. For sure, my California niece didn’t. Arriving three hours early for the 12:45 p.m. flight to MSP, she was first delayed to 3:30 and then to 7:40 p.m. for departure, getting into Minneapolis at 1:20 a.m., having to stay overnight before hopefully completing the trip to Hibbing by 1:30 p.m. Thursday where son Nick was picking her up.
It’s no wonder why I never leave Ely anymore. I don’t have the stamina.
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In the Ely Echo of May 27 1996, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• 76 will graduate from Ely High
• Ely bookstore’s future in doubt
• Septic project launched at Burntside Lodge
• Federal mediators hope all sides can participate in BWCAW negotiations
• Tish Dusich wins twice at track subsections