We’ve been extra busy recently, and extra sneaky. While going about our chores and adventures the past few weeks we have also been packing for an awesome trip and amazing surprise. As I write we are currently relaxing by Highland Lake with my extended family.
The plotting for this trip began many months ago and I still can’t believe we’re finally, especially when it didn’t look like everyone was going to make it but that’s a story for a bit later.
Mom and Dad helped us getting this trip organised and we couldn’t have done it without them. A few family members were let in on the secret so they could arrange to be in town when we arrived but I think the best, by far, was getting to walk in to Nana and Papa’s house and see the look of shock on their faces, a moment I’ll never forget.
I’m breaking this down in to two posts, the travel and the surprise.
This trip we decided to check out the Rydges Sydney Airport as it’s located at the airport literally across from the international terminal. It made things a whole lot easier to just get up in the morning and walk across the street to check in.
It was a good thing we decided upon this as well as in addition to the normal chaos of getting ready for a trip we also found out on the Monday afternoon that we needed two new tires on our car to be street legal, tires which had to be ordered in.
Added to that, Andrew went to apply for his visa waiver Saturday night only to discover his passport had expired in February 😖 this added a whole lot of panic and stress. Luckily we were able to get a passport appointment Monday early afternoon and they managed an express passport for us which we collected lunchtime on Tuesday, I don’t think anyone in our family will ever not check their passport again.
We left Canberra Tuesday evening for a late drive to the hotel. Ev was very excited to have a queen size bed to herself and to look at all the planes.
Everything went smoothly with getting to our first flight, Ev wasn’t thrilled about us trying to get her to sleep but we have now learned that if we just let her go she will eventually sleep on her own, a tip I’ll remember when traveling home on my own later this month.
Our flight to LA was a bit delayed which meant by the time we got through Immigration and Customs we had 51 minutes until our flight left, from another terminal, and we had to drop off Andrew’s guitar with Delta staff before going through security. Andrew added a lot of stress to this trip 🙂
Everyone was very nice and helped rush us through so we made our flight. Another 5+ hours and we were there, most of our bags, however, were not. Ah well, we all made it in one piece and we were so tired we couldn’t really be bothered about it. Our bags were delivered the next day so we settled down and prepared for the surprises to start.