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Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:29 pm

Part 1 of this trip report can be found here

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We had an absolutely fantastic time in Alaska! I thought I’d share with you guys some photos during our short stay, from our drive up to Fairbanks, our hunt for the Northern Lights and back down to Anchorage.

30th December 2014


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http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_4936.jpgA glowing Denali

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_4944.jpgWith all that snow, you’d think the words on the vending machine are redundant

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5000.jpgMore peaks

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5029.jpgThe crows here are HUGE

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After driving the spending the whole day on the road, we finally reached our accommodation for the next two nights, the Regency Fairbanks Hotel. It’s a wonderful place to stay at, really!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5186.jpgMy life is complete, I’ve finally encountered a moose head

While the other two rested, me and Aaron decided to drive out to Walmart and pick up some stuff for dinner. When we got back, we did a check on the aurora forecast for that night, which was predicted to be at the weakest in the strength scale - KP1. However, we did not come all the way here from the Equator to not at least give it a try, so we left the hotel at about a quarter to midnight. The sky was cloudless and millions of stars could be seen. Fingers crossed..

.. and we were rewarded.

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That’s another thing off the bucket list!

31st December 2013


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5249.jpgWe drove to the nearby town of North Pole..

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http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5268.jpgIt’s official - I’ve been to the North Pole!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5269.jpgSnow covered trees outside the USPS office


Candy cane lamp posts

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5290.jpgThe last sunset of 2013 for us

With business done in North Pole, we drove back to Fairbanks and did more shopping at Walmart. I found something amusing yet something I ought to stay away from..

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5325.jpgVoila!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5346.jpgNew Year’s celebrations started early

Back at the hotel, we were wondering what to do for the rest of the evening. Ushering in the New Year gazing at the aurora was decided, so we suited up once again and left the hotel about 45 minutes to midnight.

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side today as clouds covered the sky. Despite that, we still spotted the aurora. With the cloud cover, the aurora had a different appeal to it this time..

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1st January 2014


We checked ourselves out and started the drive back down to Anchorage.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5435.jpgOne of the many bridges


Frozen road

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5456.jpgFlags in the cold wind

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5516.jpgReady to meet the snow peaks once again

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5520.jpgCarriages in the middle of nowhere

As the sun never rose high enough, every moment was perfectly lit and picturesque views were plenty. We eventually came to this certain bridge, where one just can’t resist the temptation of taking a photo..

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And not to mention, the wispy clouds around the snow-capped peaks.

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http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5583.jpgOne of the many gas station stops. I always look forward to gas station stops!

Several hours later, we arrived in Anchorage and decided to find some dinner before driving back to the Airport and check ourselves in for the flight.

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If you’re ever in Anchorage, please drop by Capri Pizza along Spenard Road! Their food is absolutely delicious. It’s even got highly rated by the Food Network!
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:30 pm

Date: 1st January 2014, Wednesday
Route: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) – Denver International Airport (DEN)
Terminal: Concourse B
Gate: B9
Airline: United Airlines
Flight: UA1104
Equipment: Boeing 737-824
Registration: N76523
Class: Economy
Seat: 36A
ETD: 2358H – 0706H (+1)
ATD: 0008H (+1) – 0705H (+1)
Duration: 6H12M

A final stop at the gas station was in order before driving to the Airport to return the car and everything.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5655.jpgTSAIA by night

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2013-12-30%20to%202014-01-01/DSC_5658.jpgGoodbye, Chevrolet Malibu! You’ve been absolutely wonderful!

After returning the car, we had to repack our luggage and squirrel away leftover shopping items from the day before. Checking in was a slow process as the queue at the United counter was long. We got our boarding passes at about 2205H.

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Once through the TSA treatment and safely at the airside, we proceeded to the waiting area of our gate. We found a nice corner by a pillar which we plopped down at until it was time to board. As before, we were all made to board by groups. Once again, I was in Group 3. Boarding was commenced at about 2345H. I got onboard at about 2354H.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5665.jpg36A, my seat for the flight down to Colorado

As we were all really really tired from the drive down from Fairbanks, sleep was first on the flight’s agenda. Which means, formalities have got to be cleared before we took off.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5667.jpgThe screen

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5668.jpgSeat back

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5669.jpgTray table unstowed

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5670.jpgSeat pocket contents


Out of the window

Boarding was complete in about five minutes, and the doors was closed at 0008H.

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As pushback commenced at 0014H, Rhapsody In Blue started to play from the PA system. When we were clear out of the gates, the pilot announced that we will be receiving the deicing treatment for a bit. We were reminded to not be alarmed if the air smelled funky after that, as it is probably the ‘scent’ of the deicing fluids. Deicing procedures was completed at 0026H, to which we began to taxi almost immediately.

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We reached the end of the active runway about six minutes later, lined ourselves up and the engine revved up. After hurtling down the runway for a while, we took off into the night winter sky.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SBAxuzcNQw

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As I sat in 36A, there was a very good chance that the aurora could be seen. And true enough, it could be seen, even though faint.

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Sweet, auroral views, three nights in a row! However, the plane kept bobbing up and down to have a steady shot of the Northern Lights. This was where my memory started to get a little fuzzy. The last thing I remembered was hearing the beverage trolleys being pushed along the aisles. When I came to, the sun was already rising and we nearing Denver.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5687.jpgAnother sunrise high up in the air

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5693.jpgVery soon!

At the Captain’s announcement, descent started at 0650H. The UA Ladies went on a final sweep of the cabin, and retrieved used cups and beverage cans from the passengers.

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We made contact with DEN’s runway at 0705H.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yLx1hueXAA

Time to log in a new American Airport in my record book. A leisurely taxi to the Terminal had us have some nice views out there on the taxiways and such.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5699.jpgThe control tower, yes?

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5701.jpgA queue for the runway

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http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5706.jpgUS Airways, United and Southwest

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5707.jpgWhat’s going under construction over there?

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5709.jpgMore United tails

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5712.jpgDL birds in normal and Skyteam liveries

We came to a final stop at Gate B29 at 0720H. When the engines died down, mostly everyone got up to retrieve their belongings from the overhead bins. The eager crowd deplaned quickly, leaving the few us at the rear of the plane.

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http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5716.jpgNearly empty cabin

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5718.jpgGoodbye, plane!

DEN felt spacious! We decided to walk around for a bit before.

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And spot where possible, of course.

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And back to more terminal views.

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And back to more spotting views.

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And back to more terminal views.

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One thing I noticed about DEN is the presence of multiple Airbuses sporting animals on their tails.

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And also, that arching walkway between terminals. Very cool, I think!

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We got down to the baggage carousels and retrieved our luggage. To get to the Hertz rentals location, we had to go out onto the driveway and wait for a Hertz shuttle bus to take us there. Fortunately, we need not wait for long as one was already waiting for us. We alighted the first stop, meant for Gold Plus Rewards members.

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That’s where we want to go!

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Well hello, second car of the trip. We will be driving to the West Coast in a Nissan Altima! The Hertz parking lots were right next to the runway, so planes roared past us as we were clearing the snow from the car.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5749.jpgUnited Express (SkyWest Airlines) Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR N948SW

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5753.jpgDEN

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5762.jpgSouthwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N439WN

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02/DSC_5766.jpgUnited Express (Colgan Air) De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 N209WQ
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:31 pm

For the next week or so, we drive through landscapes after landscapes. Each state we passed through had different sights to offer. And this is why I love roadtrips!

2nd January 2014 - COLORADO


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5777.jpgWalmart’s competition?

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5781.jpgFinally, road signs that are not covered in snow

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5792.jpgA quirky Latin American shop

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5798.jpgLunch before the four hour drive to Grand Junction

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5809.jpgSky at sunset

3rd January 2014 - UTAH


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5869.jpgI love the US for its interesting city names

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5885.jpgOn the way to Arches National Park

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5892.jpgInteresting rock formations formed over time through all sorts of erosion

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5901.jpgOne of the famous features in the park - the Delicate Arch

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5911.jpgThe border between desert and snow

Next up was a drive to Monument Valley, even though we knew that we wouldn’t be able to reach it in time.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_5976.jpgSetting sun over the desert

We arrived at the Monument Valley’s Visitor Center for a quick toilet break, before going out to take in the views of the imposing buttes at dusk.

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We took the opportunity of being in desert for some night shots of the sky. What can I say? When the sun has set fully, you’ll realize that you really feel insignificant once you look at the cloudless starry sky.

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And what made it doubly special was that we could see the Milky Way with our naked eyes.

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4th January 2014 - ARIZONA


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6038.jpgButtes of Monument Valley

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6045.jpgOne of the many notable rock formations

While on the way to the Grand Canyon, we chanced upon a scenic stop that we’d like to dub it as ‘Grand Canyon-lite’. It featured a flea market, set up by the Navajo people, and hand-made Navajo accessories and dream catchers could be bought for a fee.

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We finally reached Grand Canyon, but it was not snow-covered like how I remembered it to be the last time I was there. Nevertheless, it’s still an inspiring sight to see!

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5th January 2014 - ARIZONA


On the agenda today was a visit to Meteor Crater, followed by a drive to our next accommodation in Page.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6220.jpgPlane overhead!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6224.jpgFramed up

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6225.jpgOn display

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6234.jpgThe old mine shaft at the bottom of the crater

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6238.jpgRuins of the old museum

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6245E.jpgBarringer Crater

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6277E.jpgGlen Canyon

6th January 2014 - UTAH


While on the road, we made a wrong turn and ended up in a National Park that we did not even know about. But it was a welcomed wrong turn, the views were absolutely fabulous! I present to you, Zion National Park!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6321.jpgBut first, we had to follow this vehicle as the road ahead was under some sort of construction

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6322.jpgEarthy-toned rocks

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6343E.jpgBehold, people!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6368.jpgYou really feel tiny>

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6373.jpgPicturesque creeks

We then set our course towards Las Vegas.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6435.jpgThis was during the jam that lasted for one hour

7th January 2014 - NEVADA/CALIFORNIA


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6459.jpgThe tackiest touristy shop in Vegas. But I like it!


Of course, a trip to Vegas is not complete without a photo with the famous sign!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6489.jpgAnother city that I would like to visit in the future!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6518.jpgRailroad crossings are always nice to photograph

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6541.jpgSome collapsed building in Bakersfield, CA

8th January 2014 -CALIFORNIA


After leaving our accommodation in Mariposa, we will be spending a good part of the day in Yosemite National Park.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6566.jpgGreen slopes

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6572.jpgIce on the water

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6574.jpgRock face

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6602.jpgOh deer..

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6640E.jpgPanoramic shots are a must

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6684.jpgSQUIRREL!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6690E.jpgThe clear green water

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6705.jpgYosemite hosts tranquil forests

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6714E.jpgA waterfall in the distance seems to have dried up

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6721.jpgRock tunnel

9th January 2014 -CALIFORNIA


http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6741.jpg

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6748.jpg
http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6752.jpg
http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6753.jpgA visit to Ghirardelli Square is one of the must-dos when in San Francisco

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6802E.jpgThe Golden Gate Bridge from above

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6821.jpgGuess the Airline..

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6837.jpgThe Golden Gate Bridge from below

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6838.jpg
http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6843.jpgSea birds

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6846.jpg

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6869.jpgA friendly local dared me to hold up a crab he caught

And as a magnificent end, we went to spot at a park near SFO, where we enjoyed the last sunset for this roadtrip.

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q564/airbusmango/Winter%20Trip%202013/2014-01-02%20to%202014-01-09/DSC_6914E.jpg

----- TO BE CONTINUED -----


My other trip reports:
Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 1
Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 2
New Year ‘09: Northwest Airlines A330 SIN-NRT-SIN
Yokoso! Japan 2012: 3K/D7/NH/SQ & Shinkansens
A Weekend Trip: SIN-KUL-SIN On Jetstar Asia (3K)
SQ A380/77W SIN-HKG With Singapore Girls & Boys
Of LCCs & Lufthansas: SIN-CGK-SIN In VF Y & LH J
A Star Alliance RTW: I. SIN-BKK-CAI With TG/MS
A Star Alliance RTW: II. CAI-JFK With MS
A Star Alliance RTW: III. Road Trip With US & Ford
A Star Alliance RTW: IV. Go West, UA LGA-IAH-SFO
A Star Alliance RTW: V. A Great Way To Fly LAX-NRT
A Star Alliance RTW: VI. HND-CTS On Pikachu Jumbo
A Star Alliance RTW: VII. The Finale! SQ NRT-SIN
Chasing The DC-10: I. Tashi Delek! Drukair SIN-CCU
Chasing The DC-10: II. Biman 738/DC-10 CCU-DAC-HKG
Chasing The DC-10: III. *A Messes Up? SQ J HKG-SIN
Return To America: I. VN/NH/UA SIN-SGN-NRT-ORD-ANC

[Edited 2014-02-04 07:43:43]
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:24 pm

Thanks for your reports. They are a pleasure to read. Those road trips are alway fun. In 2012 I drove from LAX to MIA through the Southern States. It was one of my best vacation ever. In May I will do it again by driving from MIA to LAS with one of my best friends after having flown in on LX in F.
Safe travels!
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:28 pm

Hi Airbusmango,

The continuation to your USA trip report was an incredible read! I love the pictures you took throughout the trip, with the Northern lights and Milky way being my favorite.

Seems like you really had much fun on your road trip, wondered how many states in the USA you have visited to this day?? UA seems to treat you well on the red-eye flight to DEN, and I was surprised to see personal screens on their B738, looks like a great addition to their interior.

Thanks for sharing, and looking forward to see the next part!

Regards,
Dirktraveller.
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:24 pm

Hi all!

Quoting agrflyer (Reply 3):
Thanks for your reports. They are a pleasure to read. Those road trips are alway fun. In 2012 I drove from LAX to MIA through the Southern States. It was one of my best vacation ever. In May I will do it again by driving from MIA to LAS with one of my best friends after having flown in on LX in F.
Safe travels!

Why, thank you! And I do agree with you without a doubt that road trips are fun. Driving from Los Angeles down to Miami sure sounds like quite a bit of work. I wonder how long did it take for you to complete the drive! Flying in on LX F sounds absolutely brilliant, a very excellent start to a trip. If you fancied it, please do drop by that tacky Bonanza shop when you're in Vegas!  

Until then, safe travels to you too! Please do enjoy your upcoming road trip  
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
Hi Airbusmango,

Hello again, dirktraveller!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
The continuation to your USA trip report was an incredible read! I love the pictures you took throughout the trip, with the Northern lights and Milky way being my favorite.

With such inspiring natural sights of the aurora borealis and Milky Way, I do hope that that's something everyone here will be able to see if possible, at least once in their lifetime!

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
Seems like you really had much fun on your road trip, wondered how many states in the USA you have visited to this day??

Coupled with the 2012 RTW Trip, and assuming that transits are counted, the tally for now would be (in order of appearance).. New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Alaska, Colorado and Utah.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
UA seems to treat you well on the red-eye flight to DEN, and I was surprised to see personal screens on their B738, looks like a great addition to their interior.

I can't say that I enjoyed that red-eye flight, seeing as to how I was asleep for almost the entire flight. Yes, the personal screens is definitely a nice addition, although you must swipe your plastic to access most of the content in there.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 4):
Thanks for sharing, and looking forward to see the next part!

Thank you for reading, Part III is already in the works!

Regards,
Hafiz
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:00 pm

Great trip report and amazing pictures to accompany it!!! Such a pleasure to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it   Thanks a bunch for writing it & sharing it. Looking forward to Part III.
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:10 pm

Greetings from Anchorage, again!
What a fantastic trip you've had!
I like DEN too, sort of... spotting there is great, and the light is beautiful. But I do NOT like flying into or out of DEN... the turbulence there is often even worse that the turbulence approaching ANC. Not something I enjoy.
You've seen the Northern Lights way better than I ever have, and I've lived here for years; congrats.
Great photos of the western states.
I can't believe you guys drove from ANC to FAI in the winter time, in a rental car no less.
 
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:16 pm

Great pics and report. I grew up in North Pole... Haven't been bac there in 15 years, nice to see pics from that area!
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:03 am

The photos are amazing and I am not referring to the Aviation ones!! I'll read the report later!!
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RE: Return To America: II. Aurora! UA ANC-DEN & Beyond

Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:06 am

Hello all!

Quoting buck3y3nut (Reply 6):
Great trip report and amazing pictures to accompany it!!! Such a pleasure to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it   Thanks a bunch for writing it & sharing it. Looking forward to Part III.

Why, thank you for taking the time to read it! Way ahead of you, Part III will be up real soon  
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Greetings from Anchorage, again!

Greetings from Singapore, again!

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
What a fantastic trip you've had!

Indeed it was fantastic. More than fantastic, to be exact!

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
I like DEN too, sort of... spotting there is great, and the light is beautiful. But I do NOT like flying into or out of DEN... the turbulence there is often even worse that the turbulence approaching ANC. Not something I enjoy.

Really? How often does one get turbulence in the midst of landing or taking off in DEN? There wasn't any turbulence in ANC when I flew in too. Maybe we just got lucky to fly in turbulence-free!

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
You've seen the Northern Lights way better than I ever have, and I've lived here for years; congrats.

Thanks! It was truly an inspiring sight, to be seeing such natural beauty with your very own eyes!

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Great photos of the western states.

The Western states yet again did not disappoint with the scenery that it has to offer. We originally planned to stop by places like Sedona and such, but given the time constraints at some point during the journey, we had to cut it out from our itinerary on that day itself. But that's okay! More reason to go on another road trip  
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
I can't believe you guys drove from ANC to FAI in the winter time, in a rental car no less.

In hindsight, I can't believe that we did that either. On the way down to Anchorage from Fairbanks, we drove along this long stretch of road with no one else in sight except for us. Suddenly, two caribous galloped onto the road. Thank goodness for our car's ABS feature, that's all I can say.

Quoting cactus739 (Reply 8):
Great pics and report. I grew up in North Pole... Haven't been bac there in 15 years, nice to see pics from that area!

I know by then 25th December was way over, but I was kind of disappointed that no Santas or his Little Helpers were roaming the streets! But still, those candy canes by the sidewalk is a sight to behold!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 9):
The photos are amazing and I am not referring to the Aviation ones!! I'll read the report later!!

Thank you!

Regards,
Hafiz

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