Elle... you seriously rock for pulling together to solve the challenging logistics just to get there. I tried looking at booking options again yesterday to get to Albany (or NYC airports + rental car) right after I got home from CO, but unfortunately I couldn't come up with anything that I could even come close to affording, either with cash and/or airline miles.
If the opportunity comes, please give Catherine a big (but light) hug from me.
Big kudos to Sol, Chris & Dan as well, obviously! Please share my thoughts with all of them.
Check flying into NYC on JetBlue and then taking Amtrak to Albany