Well, 17 hours, 3 flights, 1 movie, 2 books, some dot-to-dots, some coloring, and a few snacks later, we made it!
The flight from CHS-ATL was easy peasy, and only 50 minutes long. They started the drink service, but never even made it to us. I mean, I didn’t need anything, I just don’t understand why they do it on flights that are so short that they can’t even finish it.
The ATL airport came through for me in all the ways CHS hadn’t, in the form of Caribou Coffee and a dirty chai (not paleo, don’t care). The flight from ATLàSEA was fine-about 4.5 hours, and since we read The Survivors Club, we made sure to grab an aisle seat within 5 rows of an exit, which also made for easy access to the bathrooms. Double win!
They had The Martian as the free in-flight movie on the way to Seattle. Have ya’ll seen that? It was really really good. Somewhat improbable, I felt, but good. And let’s just talk about how if my husband was stuck on Mars (which, had his application to be an astronaut had been accepted, he could have been), he basically would have been that guy. “I’m gonna have to science the sh*t out of this.” I’m gonna be hearing that line at least twice a week for the next 6 months.
Anyway, moving on. You know what bugs the crap out of me? When airlines change your seats on you without letting you know. We went to some pretty extensive lengths when booking our tickets to make sure that we were sitting next to each other on our flights. We got to the gate, and when they scanned our boarding passes, they printed out new ones and handed them to us and just said, “oh, we changed aircrafts, so these are your new seat assignments.” Um, HELLO. This is a 6 hour flight. Who am I going to nap on, the stranger next to me?
We managed to at least get seats in line with each other. Win for me, I thought, I can make him rub my shoulders! (No, that didn’t work out so much for me. But I’m still going to find a small Hawaiian to walk around on my back while we’re here.)
Then I got uber-excited, because the wi-fi onboard the flight was free! And then it was gone, as quickly as it had been there, because there’s no wi-fi over the Pacific Ocean, Jessica. Duh. Lady next to me took her shoes off. Not gonna make it in the Survivor’s Club.
Anyway, now that I’ve regaled you with tales of my worldy travels, let’s talk travel snacks! Here’s how our eating routine went:
-ate bacon, eggs, and a fruit smoothie for breakfast at the house before leaving
-landed in ATL, finished off some Applegate Farms leftover pepperoni slices and the hard boiled eggs
-on the plane to SEA, we ate the Jimmy John’s Unwiches (purchased the night before and homemade paleo mayo added before leaving the house)
-arrived in Seattle, ate some beef jerky while de-boarding the plane, then some Lara Bars on our long walk through the airport to find an actual meal
-found a restaurant called Anthony’s, which provided us with this lovely deliciousness pictured here:
Loving the @seatacairport for food choices! Linner (lunch for them, dinner for me–I’m still on east coast time!) was a shrimp and mango Cobb salad with basil vinaigrette (hold the blue cheese and wontons, and they gave me extra avocado instead)! Husband had Cajun spiced shrimp and potatoes with a side of green beans. You can keep it clean while traveling. We had to walk a little bit, to a different terminal, but we got to move a bit and eat a healthy meal. Now off to the gate for our third and final leg. Hawaii here we come! #paleoblog #paleoscaleo #paleo #paleolife #paleolifestyle #cleaneats #glutenfree #dairyfree #cobbsalad #hawaiibound
-Enjoyed a happy hour cocktail with lunch (dinner?), a lovely fresh lemonade with vodka (c’mon now, I’m on vacation!)
-moseyed on over to the nearby coffee/chocolate stand, where they were mixing melted dark chocolate into coffee. Yes, please! (Ok. Maybe this was overkill. I’m on vacation and traveling?)
-boarded the plane with some snacks in our bags for easy access: another pair of Lara bars, some pepper strips with hummus, plantain chips, and Nutty Bits
Everything we didn’t eat held up surprisingly well, all things considered. I thought we were going to have mashed sweet potatoes by the time we arrived, especially after the lady wearing her Beats headphones crammed her YSL bag into the overhead compartment, jamming our food in the back, but they held up surprisingly well. I wrapped them firmly in tinfoil, then put them in plastic sandwich bags, which may have helped.
In hindsight, I may have overpacked a bit, but too much is always better than not enough!