Saturday, October 25, 2008

GBR-III -- Heading Home.....

Monday afternoon KeeWee and I caught the free Circus Circus shuttle out to the Reno airport to catch our flight home. Checking in and checking our bags went uneventfully, thank goodness, and we headed out to our gate.

Just in case you didn't leave all your money in the Reno casinos, the airport one armed bandits give you one last chance to go home broke!

I haven't quite got used to the idea of slot machines in the airport waiting areas. The "Jetway" covered walkway doesn't actually go to the airplane. At the outer end of it you make a 90 degree turn and walk down a flight of steps to the concrete., then over to the airplane and up it's own set of stairs.

Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Six big composite propeller blades suck up almost 5,000 shaft horsepower.

Looking back towards Reno and the Reno airport.

Reno 'burbs.

Two forest/brush fires in Northern California.

Our flight path took us a bit East of two fairly good sized fires, a smaller one in the foreground, and a much larger one to the West. The air was blue with smoke, as you can see.

The rest of the trip home was boring, and that's just how I like it! The flight to Seattle took about two hours, then nearly a two hour wait for the shuttle bus to Whidbey Island. The bus ride to get us back to Whidbey, including the ferry ride, added another couple of hours to the trip. Finally, we were home.

Exhausted, but home!!



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