Delta First Class – August 2023

Alex and I booked a flight to Brazil to visit family and catch up with friends. The upcharge to first class was very reasonable so we made the booking. My knee had been bothering me so that was one of the main reasons I made the decision. The first class lounge area was not that impressive with pedestrian food options and a routine waiting area. In retrospect we spent more time in the general areas than the Delta lounge. Our flight left from Boston Logan Airport to New York JFK and on to São Paulo Brazil and finally Londrina where we were picked up by my sister.

Waiting for flight

Decent food from the lounge nothing special

Ample legroom on all the flights made it well worth the upcharge


Arrival in Londrina to be picked up by my sister

Arapongas in the rain

Goonies Viewing Party and Treasure Hunt at Chunkys – Manchester, New Hampshire

We decided to show Alex and his friend Katie one of the quintessential 1980s movies “The Goonies.” Chunkys in Manchester was having a showing so we decided to take in the show.

The kids were a little old for the “treasure hunt” and it was just as well. It was heartbreaking to see little 6 and 7 year olds looking for their treasure boxes and not finding any. We even heard the attendants asking themselves why there were so few available. You would thing management would err on the side of too many so as to not disappoint the chikdren, Chunkys is a movie theater with tables where food and drinks are available during the show. We arrived early and ordered food prior to the movie starting.

Food was not bad

Vince Lombardi Service Area – Ridgefield, New Jersey

Alex’s trip to Washington D.C. ended on an inauspicious note when his tour bus broke down on the New Jersey Turnpike while on the way home. Luckily it was on the very end of his trip and he did not miss any attractions. Unfortunately he was supposed to arrive back home at 10:00 PM and did not pull in until 06:00 AM, a sleepless night for all of us. The mishap resulted in an extended layover in the Vince Lombardi Service Area off the New Jersey Turnpike. The service area was clean and to Alex’s delight it had a Popeyes his very favorite fast food outlet.

Norman B. Fadden Visitor Center – Lincoln, New Hampshire

This visitor center close to the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves and Clark’s Trading Post as well as other attractions is a good place to stop for information on the area or for a bathroom break. It is clean and the attendants are knowledgeable and pleasant. The town of Lincoln serves as a gateway to the White Mountains is a good place to find accommodations, food and tourist attractions. This is one of the locations where you can purchase your pass to the White Mountains National Forest.

You can obtain your pass for the White Mountain National Forest here.