People were paying $9 to park their cars at 5pm to see the sunset. The traffic was backed up for blocks. The sort of situation when those of us on bikes feel a little smug. The picture is from the Venice Beach parking lot at the end of Rose right at the Venice Boardwalk. You can see the shadows are getting long as the sun is getting low.
In addition to the traffic, the gas prices were high. (We saw $4.09 as we drove home from the airport in Anchorage.) I took this picture from the bus stop Monday (still warm but with clouds) as we waited for the afternoon bus to the airport. (Yes, you can take the bus, but apparently you can't walk into the LA airport.)
And while there is free wifi in the Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco airports, I couldn't find it in LAX.
|Lincoln and Rose|
On the connecting flight to Anchorage they put us in the exit row so we had lots of leg room. And we checked in some baggage which we don't normally do. But our 10:20 pm flight left about 40 minutes late and when you're due in at 1am, that gets to be a long day. Then when we arrived we had to wait for a plane to be de-iced before we could get to the terminal. Here we are sitting, waiting for 10 minutes, with a bit of snow still coming down.
One reason we've checked in baggage - other than we were gone 5 weeks and had 2 bags each free check in with the MVP (and as others mentioned last time with the Alaska Club that any Alaskan can join free), is Alaska's 20 minute baggage guarantee. In the past we've waited for an hour for our luggage. Well, it was clearly more than 20 minutes this morning - and it was now 2:30am Anchorage time, 3:30am Pacific time - so I asked the baggage folks and they gave me the coupon for $20 off our next flight (or 2000 miles) that they offer if your baggage is over 20 minutes in coming. While they apologized over the loudspeakers about the slow luggage, they didn't tell people to come get their coupons. It does pay to read.
Then there were no taxis outside. Another 10 minutes until enough showed up to handle everyone. And we were home at 3am or so.
I've got a lunch meeting today, the garage door wasn't working when we got home, and the internet wasn't either. (The Internet I've obviously solved.) So we have lots of catch up to do after our long absence. Now I've got to shovel the driveway. But yes, it's good to be home.