Road to Pasadena is long, but worth it (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 04:51 PM.

When 2013 ACC Champs the Florida State Seminoles were tapped to play in the BCS Championship game in Pasadena, Calif., whether or not the Cox family of Freeport would go was not an if, but a given.

Mom Laura Cox is an FSU alum and dad Chan is a big fan as two of their children have attended FSU. Youngest daughter Caitie was on the cheerleading squad for four years and will soon be an alumnus.

So, not going was not an option for the Coxes.

But as much of the nation was covered in snow and flights were being cancelled, getting to California would prove to be a bigger challenge than originally thought.

The saga began when the Coxes received a phone call last Saturday night telling them their 7 a.m. flight to Pasadena on Sunday had been cancelled.

The next four hours were spent on the phone trying to find a flight that would get them there before the BCS game was over. But they couldn't even get a flight into an airport within six hours of Pasadena. The airline finally told them to be at the airport at 5:30 a.m. the next morning where the family was booked on flights from VPS to ATL to Dallas to Albuquerque to Phoenix to Orange County.

Finally, Atlanta was in sight, and cheers went up when the wheels went up for Dallas, but not before being left behind by four planes because ticket agents could not get their boarding passes issued.  

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