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EXTREME Flying

February 9, 2007

So we’re packed, and ready, and I’m just waiting for the latest episode of GREY’S ANATOMY to download from my TiVo. Then it’s off to lunch and the airport.

I’m not as excited now. I’m all business. Between the two of us we’ve done a pretty good job of paring down our initial packing list and fitting the leftovers into two carry-ons and one checked bag (which will be used mostly to cart souvenirs and such on the way back).

Our flight is going to take about 31 hours total with the layovers and such, assuming that there are no delays. It’s been years since I flew to London, but even that was a long flight at about 8 hours. I’m not terribly comfortable with flying in my old age either, so this should be an interesting trip. I hope I can get to sleep on the plane.

Wellington, our destination, is located on Cook Strait, a channel that runs between the North Island and the South Island – the two main islands that make up New Zealand. Because of the way the islands are shaped and placed, and in part because of the beautiful mountain ranges that run down both of them, a natural wind tunnel is created in the strait. Wellington International Airport is on the edge of the wind tunnel. Here’s a short video of a few planes battling the cross-winds as they land. Fun, fun, fun!

See you on the flip-side!
~Katie

4 comments

  1. Oh, I was hoping you hadn’t seen those clips. 🙂


  2. And I’m wishing I hadn’t! 🙂


  3. I have to say, that vid clip of landings at Wellington hardly inspires me to make the trek from Canada, thanks all the same. I’ll just live vicariously from your experiences!


  4. Honestly, the Wellington landing was smooth as glass. At least I think it was… I was so busy being COMPLETELY EXCITED that I’m not sure I’d have noticed if we crash landed! 🙂



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