Saturday, 21 April 2012

Day Ten - Miami to Portland

We kicked off day ten with an early wake up of 0500h to ensure we made our 0810h departure from Miami International Airport. After dropping off the rental car at the rental car building, we caught the Airport Monorail to the terminal. At the terminal, we had our first experience with the full body scanners, not sure if I have an opinion on them one way or another. Also, whilst at the terminal, I took some shots of our aircraft as well as some other aircraft.

Our aircraft when we arrived at our lounge

The flight would comprise two legs Miami to Seattle followed by Seattle to Portland. The first aircraft was an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800. The flight left on time and it would be a long flight of around six-seven hours. To make matters worse, there is no real inflight entertainment except for paid WiFi or paid DVD players. Nonetheless, the flight stewards were very friendly and kept us filled with softdrinks and cookies or pretzels/nuts. The flight over the entire USA continent was very scenic, although I slept for about an hour and a half. Here's some shots from the flight:

My seat buddy, Joshua

 At Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) Airport, we had a quick lunch at Burger King and caught the subway train to Terminal C (after arriving at Terminal N). The next flight was on a Horizon Air (subsiduary or partner of Alaska Airlines) Q400 aircraft and the flight was a mere 35 minutes. Departure and arrival were as advertised and we arrived in Portland to commence another saga of trying to pick up our Rental Car. In a bid to buy some time, we visited the main Nike Factory Outlet (noting that Portland Oregon is the home of Nike) on the way to our Hotel.

Maureen and Josh on the subway at SeaTac

Boarding our flight

I think this cap makes me look fat

Welcome to Portland.
Postscript: During our first night in Portland we learnt the devistating news that Maureen's younger brother Kevin had succumbed to Cancer and past away at 1320h Australian local time. Kevin has been an inspiration to our boys, a friend to me and much loved brother of Maureen and we are all still very numb from the news in spite of the fact that we knew this outcome was inevitable. Kevin will live on in all of our hearts, may he rest in peace.

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