Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Chronicles of Alaska: Day 0.5

It seems like every trip I take on my Big Year is the Trip of a Lifetime. The Dry Tortugas in March, Point Pelee in May, Arizona in April and now Alaska in June.

Of course, I am not there yet. I am sitting at the airport in Vancouver awaiting my flight to Anchorage. Too bad the Xantus's Hummingbird has yet to return and the Crested Mynas will likely never return, or I'd have taxi'd it around the city early this morning for something to do besides sitting in an airport lounge.

I flew into Vancouver last night/early this morning. Luckily, I had a whole row to myself at the back of the plane. I watched 4 or 5 episodes of Big Bang Theory on the in flight TV, then stretched out for about 3 semi-uncomfortable hours of not much sleep. I wasn't about to try that again at the airport, so I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express close by, got my rewards points towards my Areoplan account, and a free breakfast. So, even though i still have hours to go before I bird, I will be rested and refreshed by the time I arrive in Anchorage. The 20 minute chair massage didn't hurt any either. Well, a little bit when she dug her elbow into my shoulder blades. Still not feeling sorry for me? Didn't think so.

I checked the weather report for Anchorage a few days ago and was promised rain and cool temperatures for much of my trip. Luckily, weather forecasters rarely keep their promises. I just checked and it now looks like it will be sunny most of the time and a little warmer than I was expecting.

With an hour to go before my flight I sit here in the airport listening to the music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. How nerdy am I?

Oh, just saw my first bird of the trip.



Think I will see if I can watch The Big Year on Netflix.

Drat, they don't have it.

I should be Tweeting this. Ha Ha.

I think there is an App for that. Off to set up an account.