I spent this past weekend in Nantucket at reunion of the Discovery Class of the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship. I feel honored to be part of this group, and hope to never miss a gathering, always come away energized and invigorated.
But getting to Nantucket from Jerusalem is no hop-skip-and a jump. Best connection I found was to fly to Newark from Ben Gurion International Airport, at Newark connect to a Continental Express flight direct to Nantucket. Never having been to Nantucket before this seemed the easiest.
On the way there, putting aside a four hour layover, which became five hours, trip was fine. And what a feeling when I arrived to pop my folding bicycle out and ride from the airport to "town," about 15 minutes away. For the next three days debated, listened intensely, laughed, and simply was in the moment with these special people, all leaders with incredible entrepreneurial streaks.
The only downside was that my family was not with me...but at least I was going to pick up my 9 year old daughter in New York, after not seeing her for five weeks (she went to sleep away camp in Palmer, Mass.).
So when at long last our weekend ended, I stopped at the Martin Inn to pick up my bag, and Sky, the manager told me that she heard all flights to New York were canceled due to thunderstorms [in NY], I was crestfallen. I checked, she was right, Continental Express had canceled my flight and rebooked me for a flight the next day, which would have left my daughter stranded and possibly delaying my return to Israel by yet another day. After a few minutes of shock, I started to run through all the options...checking the ferry schedule (had just missed it) and nearest place to rent a car. Turns out it is in Hyanis, but rental car places would close at 6 PM. It was 4:45 PM. Sky said, maybe you could catch a flight...but only if you let me drive you to airport, with all respect to your cool folding bike. I said fine, and we zipped over there. At 4:55 PM I rushed in, and there was one seat left on a seven seat plane to Hyanis. I grabbed the seat, threw my stuff on board, and by 5:05 PM we were airborne. It is a 17 minute flight, actually quite fund and scenic.
Got to Avis counter at Hyanis airport, a sympathetic clerk gave me a huge discount on a one way rental, and I was off. Made it out to Long Island in 4 1/2 hours, and it was all worth it when my bright eyed daughter gave such a wonderful hug.
Sitting now in Newark waiting to take off to Israel, glad to be going, but glad I made the trip. My Crown fellows always remind me that almost anything is achievable, through and partnership. And of course, thanks to Sky...