It takes almost as long to get to Alaska from Tennessee as it takes to get to Australia

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June 13th 2013
Published: June 15th 2013
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So Matt has been home from Afghanistan for three weeks and we're leaving on our post-deployment vacation. We realized that we've seen so much of the rest of the world but really not that much of America, so we're staying domestic for the majority of this vacation. We're spending 10 days in Alaska, 4 days in Seattle, and 2 days in Vancouver. We left today to fly to Fairbanks, which was going to take three connecting flights...Nashville to Dallas, Dallas to Seattle, and Seattle to Fairbanks. We left the house at a little after 10:00am to drive to my sister's...she's going to take my car for the duration of the vacation (along with the dogs) and drop us off at the airport, God bless her. On the way to the airport I get a text message notification that our flight is delayed. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 1:25pm and when all was said and done we didn't leave Nashville until after 3:30. We got to Dallas with 30 minutes to spare, only to find out when we land that THAT flight is also delayed about 30 minutes. Okay...the first flight wasn't so bad because we had a 3 hour layover in Dallas anyways, but our layover in Seattle was only an hour and ten minutes to start with so we were cutting it really close. We finally land in Seattle 20 minutes before our flight is supposed to take off and of course we're in Concourse B and we have to make it to Concourse N, which requires a train ride. Luckily, we're not the only ones. There were at least 10 of us all running for the flight, carrying our suitcases up and down escalators and stairs (it's a LOT easier going down than up when you're carrying something that heavy) but we made it with 8 minutes to spare!

Matt and I both slept, off and on, the majority of the 3+ hour flight to Fairbanks and arrived a little after midnight local time (3am Tennessee time). This is a great time to mention the midnight know when it's like 8pm in the summer and the sun hasn't quite gone down but it's starting to get dark? That's what it looked like when we landed at 12:30am. I don't know if it's going to get any darker or if it gets lighter from this point but the lack of total darkness is certainly going to make it easier to navigate at this hour to our lodging 😊

We got our rental car and drove the 10 minutes to our B&B. For this leg of the trip we're staying at Minnie Street Bed & Breakfast. The room is gorgeous, with our own bathroom, which is Matt's one requirement for staying in a bed and breakfast. The owner has left a note on the door with our name on it directing us to our room and telling us what time breakfast is (8:15). From the time we left for the airport to the time we landed about 17 hours had passed. I knew that Alaska was far but we could have made it almost to Australia in the amount of time it took us to get here! It's already worth it though...the smell of the air alone is amazing. I can't wait to see what this trip has in store for us!


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