Thursday, October 13, 2022

On Our Way to the Sharks and SJ

Ahh!!!  I'm so excited!  30 minutes from now, Eliot and I will be boarding our bus and officially be on our way to the Sharks and San Jose!!!

It's going to be a really quick trip.  We're literally traveling all day today.  Our bus from Portland to Logan International Airport is from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Then, our flight from Boston to Denver is from 3:05 to 5:45 Denver time.  We leave Denver at 9:25 and arrive in San Jose at 10:55 San Jose time.  So we're basically traveling from 10:30 AM to about 2:00 AM Eastern time.  It's a super long day... but I know it will be worth it!

Eliot and I usually sleep on our flights since we generally fly first thing in the morning or at night.  But both of our travel days this time are during the daylight hours.  Thus, I've made sure to pack stuff to do on the plane and during our layover.  We have battery backups, but I also made sure to bring a few books with me.  I'm hoping that will make the time go by faster since getting into a good book takes me somewhere else.

We're only in San Jose Friday and Saturday.  The Sharks hockey games are both at night, so we'll be doing something during the day.  Right now, I'm not sure what our plans are, but I'm sure we will find something fun to do!  I think Elissa has to work during the day, but Eliot's Mom and Dad should be able to do something with us if they don't have meetings for work.  Nori's birthday is actually tomorrow, so I'm sure we'll do something special for that... maybe lunch or dinner before the game?

Eliot and I are both really looking forward to the games.  I've never been to a Home Opener so I'm excited to see that.  In the past, the Sharks have done a big pre-game presentation where they introduce all of the players on the team, so that will be cool to experience in person.  We're excited to see Brent Burns play, even if it's for the other team.  They are doing giveaways to all of the fans during each of our games, so we'll be coming home with a few souvenirs.  Finally, we're both pretty excited to see what's available in the Sharks Pro Shop and the pop-up shops at the Shark Tank!

Unfortunately, a few hours after the second game ends, we'll be making our way to the airport for our trip home.  Eliot and I would have loved to stay and visit with his family longer, but he's got limited vacation time.  But the good news is that we'll be seeing them for about a week during our WDW Marathon Weekend trip in January!

Our trip back will be another long day of travel, although this one won't be quite as long.  Our flight leaves San Francisco at 7:00 AM and we arrive back in Boston at 3:40 PM.  Thankfully, this one is a direct flight that's only about 5.5 hours.  Once we land in Boston, we'll take another bus back up to Portland... probably the 4:30 bus that'll get us in around 6:45.  By the time we get home, it'll be around 7:30 and we'll probably crash.

I'm sure this crazy, flying trip will be 100% worth it though!  We get to visit Eliot's family for a few days and we'll get to see the Sharks play in person at the Tank!  I'll be back to check in sometime once we're home to let you know how it went!  Go Sharks!!! °o°

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