Two weekends ago we decided to try one more time to get out. There was a flight to Travis with 53 tentative seats (sound familiar?!) and a showtime of 9:10 Sunday morning (Feb. 2). This time we decided not to get up really early and drive. Instead, we drove to Dover Saturday night and spent the night in a lovely TLF (temporary living facility) with 2 bedrooms.
We got to the terminal around 8:00 after eating poptarts and these bisquick sausage muffins that Cindy, a facebook friend of mine, had posted the recipe for a few days earlier. They were so easy and pretty filling, and I doubled the recipe so it made 24 muffins. We signed in and waited for roll call.
The monotony was broken by another flight to Dover, with a showtime of 7:00. We decided to take our names off the manifest for the 0140 flight, and get seats on that flight when the airman told Bob that there were still plenty of seats left after the official roll call. We were worried, though, that this crew would also need to go on crew rest because the trick is, they don't usually do the roll call after the plane has landed at the base. It is usually still flying in. The plane didn't land until after 8:30, but amazingly the crew did NOT need to go on crew rest, so we eventually went through security, waited in another part of the terminal, boarded a bus that took us out to the airplane on the flight line, and then boarded the C-17. We finally took off a little before 10:00 PM.
After we reached our cruising altitude, we were able to get out of our seats and spread out. First we ate a little picnic dinner. We had bought 7 box lunches when we checked our baggage, and we picked them up after we went through security. Each one was $4.60, and it included 2 sandwiches (either turkey, ham, or peanut butter and jelly), a bag of chips, a nutrigrain bar, a candy bar or bag of M&Ms, a can of pop, and a bottle of water. Seven of these were plenty for all of us, with food left over!
There were blankets and pillows shrink-wrapped together in the neat little cylindrical packages, and everyone immediately started grabbing those and making pallets on the floor. We followed suit, and eventually everyone was fast asleep in pretty much the entire plane. We had brought 2 sleeping bags (the kind that stuff into sacks that are really lightweight and small), so we laid those out to make cushions for the kids. Some people laid across the jumpseats. They turned the lights down, and it was really peaceful! Micah and Drew struggled to fall asleep. Micah was really tired, but he just wanted to walk around. Drew was not all that tired, since he had at least had a good nap, but when he tried to walk around, he would fall in the little divots where there were giant hooks to hold cargo down. Eventually we put him back in his carseat, and since the plane was so loud, no one could hear him cry, LOL. He did go off to sleep finally.