Africa Journey Preflight
The time has finally come, I sitting at Los Angeles International Airport, waiting for my first of 4 flights to get me to Campi Ya Kanzi. I didn’t sleep much last night, the anticipation of this adventure got the better of my zzz’s. I thought about everything I packed and anything I might have forgotten, I thought about the security line at LAX and the possible headache of having the gate agent tell me my baggage weighed too much. I thought of traffic, I thought of coffee, I thought of the benefits of wearing glasses instead of contacts. All of this thinking instead of sleeping, although I know I would have been better off sleeping.
The ticketing agent at American Airlines was very pleasant and didn’t say anything about my 97 pounds of checked baggage as she struggled to get it on the belt, I’m just under my 102 pound limit. The security line was actually very short, so short I had to guzzle the last of my coffee to avoid pouring it in the trash. For the second time in a row, in my recent airline travels, most people are being placed in the “pre-check” screening line. I have never applied for pre-check and I’m guessing that most of the people in line with me hadn’t either. It just seems that airports are starting to push more people through with their shoes on and laptops left in their bags. I really like this move back towards efficiency, it really improves everyones mood, from travelers to TSA agents.
I am in disbelief that this trip has finally arrived, all of the planning and checking, the countless emails, the planning and plan changing. I believe everything that can be anticipated has been anticipated and this is going to be an epic adventure.
There are several ways to follow along on this journey, I will be blogging on Wingster.aero, you can sort the webpage by selecting “African Flying Safari” and everything associated with this trip will filter through. You can follow my satellite tracking device on https://share.delorme.com/MichaelLangston . You can follow me on Facebook or you can follow Wingster on Facebook. Though I have not been very good about it in the past, I am going to do my best to Tweet my progress as well. If that is not enough ways to follow along, you can also follow Luca as he blogs throughout the trip as well.
To anyone who has ever dreamed of the magic of flight, take the first step, you won’t regret it.