Instead of just sitting around and being sad about the lack of flights, Taryn did some investigating. She found a flight to Hawaii on a C-5 that would continue onto Yokota, Japan...Korea...and then finally Kadena. Unfortunately C-5's are terribly unreliable on the best of circumstances and having 3 lay overs in different countries was not worth the gamble. Although, if we could just get to Hawaii, we could more than likely catch a connecting flight straight to Kadena. So, on Wednesday night Dominik and I said our goodbyes and flew to Sacramento. We only had a short nights sleep at Taryn's parents house and then headed to the passenger terminal at 5am. NO LUCK :( all flights were filled with category III flyer's (we were category 4)...so we turned around and headed back to the house.
On Friday we went back to the terminal in hopes the cancelled C-5 from the day before would finally take off, as well as another C-5 headed for Hawaii and then onto Alaska. Once roll call was announced Taryn and I decided to pass up the first C-5 headed for Hawaii and Alaska and pray really hard that the second C-5 going to Hawaii and then Yokota, Japan would take off as well. We felt good about the decision and manifested ourselves on the flight all the way through to Kadena (knowing that Yokota would be our final destination at that point...definitely didn't want to get stuck in Korea). It took about 2 hours to finally get on the plane and once we were on for about 30 minutes they told us that we had to get off again in order to refuel. I knew that this meant the plane wasn't going to take off and they felt bad about it; but we reboarded the shuttle and waited for further word. After 10 minutes or so the Master Loader came on the bus and told us that we were lucky to be on this C-5 because it was going to take off; the first C-5 (the one we passed up) had a mechanical issue and everyone had to go back to the terminal and wait for it to be fixed (after checking their bags and loading the plane)...not knowing when it would be fixed. About 20 minutes later we were taking off!!! So grateful for prayers!! The ride was smooth and D and I had the whole row to ourselves. The ride was 5 1/2 hours and our destination was Hawaii.
|Planes on the landing strip|
|How we boarded the plane. There was another ladder inside that took us to the second story where the passenger seats were. This plane was HUGE!!|
|A well stocked carry-on makes for a happy toddler and prego mom :)|
|Camping out in the Family Lounge :)|
|Our first time to Hawaii and the tops of palm trees were all we could see|
|Space A travelling in a nutshell...|
|The view down the middle of the plane straight into the cockpit|
TJ was awaiting our arrival and it was SOOOO good to see him (despite his hair cut and mustache). Dominik was elated to be held by his daddy again, and I was so grateful for help carrying all my bags...I had a lot of bags!!!
All in all our space a trip went great. If you take all the stress out of the equation, this trip was the chance of a lifetime!! We got to fly on two incredible military planes, see Hawaii, and meet a lot of really cool people. I'm so grateful for the opportunities and experiences we had during our travels and am even more grateful that we had such a good experience. I know not everyone is as lucky as we were. Beginners luck I guess :)