Around the world…

Where in the world are Josh and Bev?

Grizzly Peak, but hard to see the grizzly head from here.
And now the rocks of Radiator Springs
Whole paper dollars is the springs? Inflation has hit Radiator Springs hard apparently…
Grizzly River Rapids and hot springs!
It should be getting easier to guess…
The ferris wheel LED programming is fun. Kinda mesmerizing… Still photo doesn’t really convey it…
That’s right, we’re at the World of Color! You guessed it!

Unusually abrupt…

Bevin isn’t one to let a little thing like landing interrupt a good nap.

Bevin, upon landing: well that was a little rough.

Me: well, it’s a small airport, we used the whole runway.

Bevin looking out the window as we turn off the runway, already at the far end: ah.. Wow. I forgive them then.

Somewhere sunny with blue sky!

Going somewhere…

The cat is not going… But she sure thinks she wants to.
Fast food breakfast sandwiches are how you know Bevin is in vacation mode.
The traditional “to the sky” picture.
What glory, a mostly empty plane… A rare treat indeed.

Let’s see where we end up!

Right back where we started

Apparently I forgot to actually press publish on this one on Sunday. Whoops. Better late than never!

Don’t worry, we’ll put him under the seat to stop the screaming as soon as we start taxiing.
This tablet holder innovation is excellent. If more planes have this I may start bringing a tablet for flights! Nine nine!
Feeling the familiar heat already.
That’s right, E11! I don’t think I’ve ever flown out of a different gate at DFW. Maybe if I flew somewhere other than PDX/SEA…
Hard to tell who missed who more.
Didn’t even get the seltzer can open before the nap began. Guess we weren’t quite caught up after all… 😂

Off to unpacking and laundry.

Not over yet!

At the airport ready to head home, but apparently vacation isn’t over yet, Bevin needed her Portland breakfast sandwich and a coffee!

The sausage sandwich from Henry’s is the right choice. I made the wrong choice.

Where we have room to PUT these things, considering yesterday’s caloric input. Bamboo Sushi has, hands down, the best burger in Portland. Also great sushi. And then there was Dot Sugar.

The “waffle”.
See? Actual waffle chunks! Somewhere under all that tasty chocolate…

Back on the exercise bike ASAP when we get home I think. But for now, once more unto the skies dear friends, once more!


Been up for going on 36 hours now, minus about 3 hours of napping according to my watch. Just…. Another… 45 minutes… Until… Sleep….

Not all of us made it though.

Time zones and red-eye flights suck. But we should be back on schedule by tomorrow.

The scenic route

There’s a strange blob person in the seat next to me…
Hei Hei doesn’t know he’s flying. It’s for the best, people are trying to sleep.
Sunrise over the ocean.
Seattle version of outdoor airport is less fun, but still fun!
We took a slight detour to get a great view!
Don’t get a betterview unless you’re in a helicopter!
Where are we going guys?

One thing that’s striking about flying over St. Helens after Kilauea is how small St. Helens seems. An odd feeling!

I wonder if we’ll survive today without naps.

Airborn nap plan

Turns out our entire exit row is going to Portland, and is other families that have been split up due to the tender ministrations of Alaska. So we’ve formed a passengers collective and reorganized ourselves appropriately. Victory!

A series of huts

It really is…

It’s huts all the way down.
TSA hut.

We’re waiting for about 40 minutes because the Alaska desk isn’t open until 7ish. “closer to when the plane arrives”. That’s new.

At least it’s not raining.
The agricultural inspection station may have some questions…
Terminal has excellent gardening through…
We have arrived at our gate, such as it is. A tad warm, but there’s a breeze.
At least a portion of the breeze is on account of the jet engines idling just over there.
We wait. Only a few more hours. Notably, there are no power outlets anywhere around here… This could be troublesome.
This is the gate.

Baggage has to go through FDA screening before boarding, and apparently our carryons will have to as well.

This is done to ensure nobody is smuggling fruit. They want to keep the bent fruits for themselves.