As armed services members, nosotros are able to wing on armed services planes on a “space available” basis, sometimes called a “hop”. In other words, every bit long every bit at that spot is room available, nosotros tin locomote at no cost to the determined destination. That existence said, I was sitting at swim degree on a Thursday, scrolling through my phone, as well as saw that at that spot was a hop to Salt Lake City, Utah, my hometown, scheduled for the adjacent day. I had never seen a hop to SLC listed inwards all the fourth dimension nosotros convey lived here. After the initial stupor wore off, I decided to teach for it, as well as less than 24 hours subsequently nosotros were on a cargo airplane headed to SLC!
Some cargo planes convey airline seats inwards them, this 1 did not. I looked at these seats as well as idea “This is our spot for eleven hours?!” Help!
Lots of leg room!
One prissy perk was existence able to set down. However it was as well as then brutally cold, nosotros couldn’t relax plenty to autumn asleep. It was also extremely loud as well as nosotros had to article of apparel earplugs the entire flight.
You tin pre-buy a box dejeuner for the flight, but at that spot was no in-flight drinkable service. Haha! But the crew was smashing as well as really friendly. I felt 100% rubber inwards their hands.
So, the flying was miserable, inwards a word, but the cost was right. I would produce it again. Landing as well as seeing the regal Wasatch Mountains brought a tear to my eye. Ahhh….home sweetness home!
It was a wonderful, if unexpected take in alongside cousins. We went to the mall (on many dissimilar occasions!)
I met a nephew, Alexander,
as well as a niece, Clara, who were both born inside weeks after nosotros moved to Japan.
We strolled the quaint as well as trendy mount town of Park City, Utah.
While there, nosotros visited my brother, Adam Hansen, at the Meyer Gallery as well as saw some of his amazing art.
I honey this one. It is genuinely Europe, but reminds me as well as then much of the develop stations inwards Nihon (minus a few chiliad people, of course!) Isn’t he talented?!
We had a fun twenty-four hr catamenia at the Hogle Zoo, alongside ALL the cousins (the exclusively 1 missing was Jacob, on Matt’s side of the family).
And lastly but non least, nosotros did H5N1 LOT of baking. This is 1 of my favorite things to do, simply sit down to a greater extent than or less with my sisters as well as bake, express joy as well as talk. Ella was thrilled to frost the cake.
To salve ourselves some space-a headaches, nosotros decided to mass a commercial flying home. We hung out inwards the Bob Hope USO at Los Angeles International to kill time.
We flew abode on Singapore Airlines, it was really prissy as well as the girls emphatically agreed they liked this flying to a greater extent than than our showtime one. They loved their ain TV’s as well as kept maxim “we don’t fifty-fifty convey to concord on anything!” It’s the fiddling things…..
There was a selection between two meals, an American manner as well as a Japanese style. Ella as well as I chose American,
as well as Eva chose Japanese.
But, the dessert was the best part!
After finally landing inwards Tokyo, nosotros had a 2 hr shuttle ride dorsum to Yokota Air Base. These were 2 exhausted girls after 24 hours of travel, they are such troopers!
We got abode simply inwards fourth dimension to grab the tail cease of ruby-red bloom season. This was 1 argue I debated going on this trip, I didn’t desire to miss ruby-red blossoms, which are everywhere as well as heavily celebrated inwards Japan. This is the street behind our house.
The blossoms looked similar pinkish snowfall falling from the trees.