My flight from ANC arrived at the N terminal, and I was lucky that the flight down to SAN would be departing from there as well. N is actually separated from the main terminal, requiring a quick train ride to switch between the two. If there was a Boardroom in that terminal, I would have paid a visit – but I had some business voicemail/email to attend to that was a higher priority,and I needed to deal with that first before I went off exploring.
By the time I wrapped up what I needed to do, there wasn’t any time to go to the main terminal to find the lounge. Not a big deal though – it’s usually at this point in my trips where I’m just tired of being in an airport anyway and my sense of adventure is low. So I just found a semi-quiet spot to wait until boarding was called (which is hard to do in the N concourse – it’s a busy place).
Seattle, WA (SEA) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Monday June 9 2014
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700
Seat: 3F (first)
The flight down to SAN would be departing out of gate N10, and by the time they started boarding I was super-anxious to get going.
I was the last person in first class to board the plane, and I could tell right away as I was walking onboard that the gentleman seated in the seat next to mine was a talker. He just had that figgity vibe to him – you know…the kind of restlessness that looks like they are just dying to talk to somebody. The introvert in me sensed this immediately, so I dug my earbuds out of my pocket and put them in even before sitting down. Problem averted!
We departed on runway 34R, with a semi-decent view of the Seattle area on the climb-out. Heck, any day in Seattle where you can see the sun is a good day in my book. The funny thing about that is that it’s always been sunny every time I’ve flown through SEA in the past – I’ve never seen this place cloudy, and I’m starting to believe that everyone who says it rains a lot here is full of crap. 🙂
Drink orders and hot towel service started out the flight, though this time there was only one flight attendant working the cabin. I guess that’s not totally shocking as this is a smaller 737-700 with only three rows of first class.
Lunch was pretty good. It was some sort of southwest style make-your-own chicken wrap thing, and it was actually quite good. And reasonably healthy too – which was exactly what I was looking for.
With over an hour and a half still left to go after lunch, I petty much did a repeat of my previous flight: I worked on this trip report for a bit and then put it away to catch a quick nap. I eventually woke up just as we were overflying Los Angeles, and I was bummed to see that the marine layer was quite thick along the southern California coastline. Kind of funny to think that it was sunny in Seattle when I left, but cloudy in southern California for my arrival!
The approach into SAN was typical: descend along the coastline until Del Mar / La Jolla, then turn inland before making the big final right hand turn into SAN for a runway 27 arrival. The only pics I got of that approach were downright gloomy:
And that wraps up this short 3-day trip up to Alaska and back. It was sure nice to get away for a few days, but at the same time I wish that I could have spent some more time up there to relax and look around. I’ll get my chance again though – probably next year at about the same time. And I’ll be sure to take my wife with me…