We're there in the old red White & Blue

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Monday, June 1, 2009

We left Invercargill on a typical Southland winter's day (wet n wild) and flew to Christchurch. Flight thru to Chch was great, until we reached Chch when it became very bumpy around the city. However, landed into worse weather than Invercargill and had just half hour to wait til the Auckland flight.

That was on a jet, and bumped all the way, and just south of Auckland they said Auckland had closed because of strong cross-winds, we would circle for up to 1/2 hour and possibly have to go elsewhere. After 15 minutes were told the pilot would try and land, and not to be frightened if he started gunning the engines when he was almost down, as he might have to abort the landing!!! Put me right on edge. However, he ultimately made a great landing, into even worse weather than Christchurch!!!

A couple of inbound flights from overseas were diverted to Christchurch, but all the outbound flights were getting out, so we were reasonably confident. Boarded the 747-400 carrying 379 passengers (and it was just about choka too) at 7.30 pm, and took off to the south. We were three rows from the tail - felt like we walked the length of a football field to get to our seats. The flight was good all the way. A few bumps around the place, but funny, in that big plane I didn't worry about them. Worked on the basis it was too late now anyway.

Malcy had a couple of hours sleep, I would be lucky to have got an hour. Watched The Reader and The Top Twinns til all hours. Had lovely meals on board, and landed without incident at 12.00 noon at LAX. Took an hour to get out to where the bus to Disneyland was leaving, and it arrived just as we did. Got to Anaheim at 3.00 pm, and woke Robbie up giving him a call to say we had arrived safely.

So far have walked around a few blocks. Weather is fine and warm, and the overcast skies have cleared. In t-shirts and shorts, although not quite warm enough to get me in the pool. Have worked out where to get into Disneyland tomorrow, and will soon go and find tea some tea. Picks are of where we are staying.
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