As you might have guessed, we are no longer in Okinawa. We aren't in California yet either, though we did have a bit of a layover in San Francisco on our way up to Washington State. We're spending some time with my husband's family, as we haven't seen them in three years.
That very first photo was from the Naha airport. I'm going to miss seeing those gorgeous orchids anytime I'm at the airport. The plane wing with the deep blues and teals was just as we were leaving Okinawa. I had such a strange mix of emotions with leaving. Part of it still just feels like we're on a vacation and we'll be going back in a few weeks.
Flying out of San Francisco gave us a chance to see the Golden Gate Bridge. That iconic bridge is in the photo, up on the left, though it really didn't look impressive at all from our altitude. I'm looking forward to seeing it again from a vantage point that doesn't leave it looking like a toy.
This trip did have one extra little bit of excitement added in. We were flying two cats internationally. Now, I'm not sure if you know this, but most cats aren't exactly huge fans of being in a kennel, let alone being in a kennel for about 24 hours and not getting breakfast before they went! To make matters even more fun we got to pick them up between flights and get them re-checked. Which meant we got to go through security before each and every one of our flights.
Going through security a gazillion times might not seem like such a horrid thing, but it isn't exactly fun when your carry-on happens to be playing host to a laptop, a camera, a few lenses, a few hard drives, card readers, flashes, remotes, a bamboo tablet, and a bird's nest of cords for all of the above. They made me entirely unpack it and run it through the x-ray machines in much smaller batches before they let me go on my merry way. In their defense my carry-on did look suspiciously like I was up to no good, or lots of photography! Do you have any awesome tips on how to safely get your technological toys to the next destination while flying, without getting flagged as a suspicious flyer?