On Friday the 13th, I flew out on my first vacation in two years. I'm out here tagging along. My sister is out here for a wedding and rented an apartment. I'm hanging out here and will be headed out to Berkley for a weekend to visit a friend for a few days before I go.
For me, vacation doesn't start till I am on the plane. I am a home-body by nature. Getting me to leave my home, my cats, my routine--even when it's all work and little play--generally involves a lot of angst and a crow bar.
I travel best with my husband, but this year, he's home. He's staffing an Instructor Development Course (it's a SCUBA thing) and taking care of our pride of cats, two of which are currently on medication.
But as I said, vacation starts when I get on the plane. So I will start there.
There's one thing I've wanted to do on a plane for quite a while--that is to watch Airplane! It's an odd goal, but ever since I found out, via the director's cut, that the movie was only shown as the in-flight movie on one flight, I've wanted to view it on a plane. So I rented it via iTunes before I left and there I was.
I'm so glad I did it. Travel in economy class is less than fun. It's cramped, cramped, and did I mention cramped? But watching Robert Hays buy his ticket "one way, no luggage" and being reminded why it's a bad day to give up smoking/ stop drinking/ quit sniffing glue really made laugh. And the guy next to me kept sneaking peaks at my laptop while the movie played, which was funny in itself.
The other thing I like to do when I fly is take pictures. I am fascinated by what we can see from planes, the landscape, the textures, the colors. Paul got me a new camera for our anniversary and where I usually shoot a few pictures from the plane, thanks to the wonders of digital photography, I took over 400. I don't expect all of the pictures to be interesting to someone else, but here's a selection to show what catches my eye.
|I never get tired of looking at the clouds.|
|I love how farmland looks like a patchwork quilt.|
|Round crop plots fascinate me.|
|I love that I saw so many wind farms. It made me very happy.|
|The textures of the natural landscape are beautiful.|
|I find it amazing that I can see a mountain range from the sky.|
This is what I saw when the pilot announced we were 100 miles from our destination.
|The weary traveler has landed.|
|My first glimpse of the hills of San Francisco|
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