So, I got my plane ticket for Tuesday, October 14th. I get to Cleveland in the late afternoon. My plane ticket is non-refundable, though it may be possible to get a flight the day before for only $50 more.
The field trip I want to go on begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. It only has 44 slots open. It costs $80.
Do I pay an extra $50 to get in a day earlier so that I can explore the Cleveland Shale? Or are my chances of getting a spot on the trip close to nil and would I be wasting my time/money?
I REALLY want to go on the field trip...but I'm also terrified that I'll be a burden to all the people who will actually know the stuff we're looking at. I also don't want to change my flight and then not be able to go on the trip.
Does anyone have an opinion on this? Some advice?