The end of the school year is a busy time for everyone. (This is my excuse for being late updating the blog.) Once we hit that last week, everything seemed to be due. We had report cards, inventory (yes, all kids were accounted for), checkouts, and stowage for the summer. Then we had to pack for the summer, which didn’t take too long since Monica did most of that. Well, it didn’t take very long for me. If Monica could type in here, she may have a different version about the difficulty of the pack. But she isn’t so we’ll stick with my version.
We left Nunam Iqua and spent one night in Anchorage before heading to Vegas. Nunam and Vegas are on the opposite ends of any spectrum you can imagine. Alcohol is illegal in Nunam whereas it seems to be required in Vegas. Population in Nunam is about 200. The number of people standing in line for a Buffet in Vegas is about 200. We had to be ferried to the airstrip in a snowmobile when we left Nunam and it was over 100 degrees our first day in Vegas. There are many more things I could juxtapose here but you can see that we didn’t have much time for adjustment to crazy.
Flying from Numan back down to Oklahoma is an ordeal in itself. We had to change planes seven times. That is seven more times I have to wonder about how humans have fought off Natural Selection. People must know that there are others behind them while in line, but many show no concern holding up the line while fiddling with their carry-ons or cell phones. It amazes me how long it takes for people to file in and out of a plane. Or how difficult it is to understand the complex seating arraignment on the plane. I see it as matching what my boarding pass has printed on it to the number and letter designation printed on the plane. Others see it as a frantic scavenger hunt, trying their best to decipher the cryptic symbols hidden on their boarding pass. I think I’ll stop my air travel whining now and not even get into the baggage carousal fiasco. You’re welcome.
We are glad to be back seeing our family and friends. We’ll spend much of the summer trying to catch up with people, whether they want to see us or not. I also have plans today to BBQ my first three of many racks of ribs. We are still adjusting to not having to get up for school. Also our culinary choices have expanded (as will my waistline I’m sure). But we’ll get rested up and will be ready to head back up there in a couple of months. Last summer we were ready to escape the heat down here after the first of many weeks over 100 degrees. See, I haven’t been here a week and I’m already complaining about the weather.