Well, we are home!!!!!! What a blast we had!!!!! First let me tell you a little about “Space A” traveling. It is designed specifically for the military and their dependants, active and retired… Basically any active duty or retiree can hitch a ride on flights transferring cargo or active military from duty station to duty station. The kind of plane varies. Overall, we traveled on one passenger plane and then two cargo planes. All were different from what one would expect that only has traveled commercially (like me), but the cargo planes had much more room, allowing you to stretch out on rows and sleep, which was nice on our 10 hour flight home. I think we all slept 7 of those 10 hours comfortably. I was nervous about the planes at first just because they are so different from what I know. But I tell you what, you get a lot more freedom on these cargo type planes. Room to move around and stretch. One some of the planes, there is enough room to throw a football! And the best of all, the flights are FREE! Now, imagine being on stand by with a regular commercial airline because that is realistically what we were, stand by. There are various categories to space a traveling. 1-6 I believe. 1 being the active duty ON ORDERS. 2 being emergency leave. 3 being active duty on leave (that’s us), not sure about 4-5 and 6 being retiree. Now the thing with these flights is they can pop up at any time and just as easily be canceled at any time, so watching the website and calling the passenger terminal is a MUST. You can’t get exact details (time, type of plane, seats available) until 24 hours to travel, so you kind of have to be ready to go at a moments notice. All in all, this worked out great for us. All the planes we wanted to get on we were able to. Our plane ride home was at 3:00AM Hawaii time and we didn’t know of such flight until 10:00PM the night before, so within 4 hours, we had to get a few hours of sleep and pack up and get to the air terminal, but who cares. FREE!!!!!!!!! We had a wonderful time. We were gone for 13 days. We started out flying into San Diego and spent a few days there.. Then we casually drove up North, stopping a lot along the way and seeing friends we haven’t seen in ages… Every place we went, we had friends there to visit. It was great. We flew into Hawaii on Thursday evening and stayed thru Tuesday, well really Wednesday early morning (3AM)… It was BEAUTIFUL THERE! I didn’t take my big camera, so most of my photos were taken with my Iphone… We went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and we purchased an underwater camera. I am taking the film in to be developed today but not encouraged that we will get good photos! The fish, the coral, the water, everything. BEAUTIFUL.
Here are a few highlights.. I took over 250 pictures so I will spare you.. Let’s start with California. Actually, I will split this up into two posts. It will be easier. So, California first.
Lucas playing close to the water. It was pretty cool that morning, but it was beautiful as the sun was rising behind us and you could see the beautiful mountains in the background (pictured in the first photo)
Tunnel after going over the Golden Gate Bridge
video clip of the seals
Stay tuned for part two, which was my favorite part of the trip – HAWAII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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