September 1, 2015 – Departure Day!
It finally feels real now that we are at the airport and waiting for take-off! Day 1 consists of a short flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, so technically, we don’t even leave the country on the first day of our trip! I didn’t realize until after we booked the tickets that our flight to Peru was a +1 day. We board the plane from Los Angeles to Lima after midnight, putting us into Day 2 of our trip. I did enquire with Airtreks about getting a flight at a better time, but we save a lot of money by flying in the evening/early morning, so I decided to stick with it. It turns out that flying on a Tuesday night has some benefits: the airport is really quiet and it was quick and easy to check-in and go through security…no lines 😀 Tuesday evenings are definitely a good time to fly if you want to avoid the crowds!
As for baggage, the final tally was nine bags. We’re taking two rolling duffels as well as checking 3 backpacks: 1 with the books, the other 2 with scuba gear. Then Anthony and I have a carry-on backpack each, and the girls have their rolling carry-ons. So far, it’s still manageable, but ask us again a few weeks in!
As for us, we’re all present and accounted for, including the stuffed elephants and foxes! There’s no turning back now!
Nature Adventurers ready to go!