Changes at BWI
CoGo has been waiting as long as the next harried Southwest passenger for BWI's new Terminal A/B to open, and after testing the facility on a recent trip, we're happy to report that we like what we see.
During CoGo's visit, construction was still ongoing in the corridor connecting the old Concourse B with the new terminal, and Southwest's mammoth new ticket counter -- in an airy, line-friendly canyon of a room -- was not in use.
According to BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean, the airport has tentative plans to open the counter, including its self-check-in kiosks, by the end of this week. For now, passengers must check in at Southwest's old ticket counter, between concourses B and C, and slog over to A/B. Fortunately, plenty of airport personnel are standing by giving instructions.
All restaurants and shops are open, and the moving sidewalk is a nice touch. Security still took a while, but it's far less cramped than in other parts of the airport, as are the new A/B/C lines at the new Southwest gates (Concourse B retains those foul crowded gates you'd rather forget).
CoGo has heard some complaints from folks who've gone to pick up someone from the new terminal and didn't know where to go. Southwest now funnels passengers directly into its own baggage claim area (a huge, brightly lit mega-improvement over the airport's existing baggage carousels), so look for Uncle Al there.
For airport updates: www.bwiairport.com.
Going With the Dogs
Taking your dog with you on vacation is a trend that continues to grow. A couple of years ago you could find nearly 18,000 resorts, hotels, inns and B&Bs that welcome travelers with animals at www.pettravel.com; currently, the site lists 28,176 such properties.
But the real hot trend: Accompanying your dog on its vacations.
At Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, for example, "everything we do is dog-related," says camp director Honey Loring. "This is not a vacation that you're taking, and your dog happens to be coming along," she adds. "This is for people who love watching their dogs have a good time."
Loring's June program in Marlboro and September programs in Stowe (call 802-387-5673 for details) offer hourly choices of four or five doggie and human companion games, like Frisbee or agility training. During doggie siesta hour each afternoon, humans can do things like make leashes or bake dog bisquits.
Other camp options are wide-ranging. At www.dogpatch.org/doginfo/camp.html, home site of the nonprofit called Dog Patch, you'll find links to such places as Camp Unleashed in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts, which bills itself as a retreat "for dogs and their people." At Camp Dances With Dogs in Harper's Ferry, Iowa, you can also bring your horse, should you happen to have one.
And if you're feeling you're not good enough for your dog, consider Camp Wennaribbun, on the shores of Lake Tahoe, Nev. There, while your dog rests up after classes in herding and tracking, you can indulge in psychocybernetics -- a system designed to improve your self-image.
Rioting in La Paz, Bolivia, and surrounding areas has closed roads and caused some flights into the capital to be canceled or diverted. Check the U.S. State Department's public announcement at www.travel.state.gov . . . BYO pretzels and magazines when flying Northwest. The airline will stop serving free pretzels as of Thursday, thereby saving $2 million a year. It also canceled its subcriptions to Newsweek and the like, to save another half-million or so. Flight attendants will sell a $1 trail mix snack during the free soft drink run.
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Reporting: John Deiner, Cindy Loose.
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