England Travels: The Return
Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Just like George Harrison's solo album title, All Things Must Pass,
and it was time for me to head into the west. Not in any metaphorical
sense, just to fly home to Ithaca. Of course west required traveling
various other directions first. The first stop was walking to the train
station. Followed by a train back to London and King's Cross Station.
Then the "tube" to Heathrow airport. Then go through all
the security and whatnot. Then be baffled by all the duty free stores
that have prices and sizes of items making it impractical to buy anything.
Then the 15 minute walk to the gate. Then waiting as they cool the plane
down from 99° (yes, the gate agent said it was 99 degrees; they
didn't say Fahrenheit, and they never said 38 Celsius). Then a flight
to Newark, New Jersey. Then more whatnot items like customs, passport
control. Then taking an airport train to a different terminal. Then
checking in through security again (waiting for the TSA to find
someone to answer their repeated, goose-like calls of "male opt
out! male opt out!" so I could get my Freedom Grope), then
getting to the gate, then taking a bus to the plane, then taking the
plane to Ithaca, then driving home. Yup, I think that covers most of
the song's on Harrison's album...
Anyway, they were fine with Stephanie going to the train platform with me.
When I got on the train, I decided it'd be cool to take a " going
away" shot, and fumbled to get my camera out. Stephanie picked up
on what I was doing and cooperated and I got a picture before the train
left. And then...it still didn't leave. It sat there for a couple of
minutes before going, so again, she cooperated and undestood my vague
gesticulations behind the window, and switched the mood to bored.
I took a few pictures from Canada at altitude, where water and ice were
visible below, and then some pictures on the approach to Newark. The
next set were of the mass of lights in the New York City area at night
as we left Newark, and finally the "welcome home" Ithaca provided
me with a mid-to-late April snowstorm. There was no jet-bridge, so we
had to walk from the plane to the terminal. I hadn't brought my winter
jacket on the trip. It wasn't that bad, just enough to say &qouot; when
you least expect it, expect it!"
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Stephanie is ready to race the train when it pulls out from
2 minutes later, we're still sitting there. Kind of ruins
The sun comes through the clouds and reflects off a river.
I assume this is looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean
(sun behind us).
Now we're on a northeastern heading with the NYC skyline on the
The Meadowlands of New Jersey is such a pretty...name.
One more of NYC skyline with the tower illuminated by the
Spoilers still up, taking the high-speed taxiway off Runway 4R
A better, sharper version of NYC Skyline—Statue of Liberty
Just west of NYC area. Notice the runway in the center.
Teterboro? Caldwell? ...(more)
More city lights with a low cloud or two in the upper right.
2018 England trip pictures
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