Goodbye, Lower 48

I’ve found a nice, secluded corner of Gate C16 here inside the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Looking out through the windows behind me into the darkness of the night as midnight slowly approaches, I see nothing but Alaska Airlines jetliners all around, waiting to be filled up with passengers bound for destinations unknown.  In less than an hour, I’ll be in the air in one of those airplanes, except my destination is known:  Anchorage.  I’ll be arriving at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 2:35am AKST, with a 3.5-hour layover before the next leg of my flight – which should give me a good amount of time to explore the airport and step outside to experience how cold the city is.

The desk agent just announced that we will be boarding a Combi aircraft, which is a jet that carries cargo in the front half, and passengers in the back half.  Interesting…this will be a first as well.  She also added, “If you have a jacket, we recommend you pull it out now – it’s cold up in Anchorage, folks.”  A quick check on shows the current temperature there to be 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not bad at all – considering it’s currently 23 degrees BELOW ZERO in Fairbanks, my next stop after Anchorage.  I think my definition of the word “cold” is about to be vastly redefined on this trip.

I can’t wait 🙂  Another update in a few hours when I make it to Anchorage.


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