Traveling is exhausting. Who’s with me on this one?
I was majorly lucky to be able to take a large amount of time off over the holidays, but now it’s time to get back to work, and by the time you guys are reading this post I am probably already completely fatigued because of the damn travel. Let me paint a picture for you guys…
I have to leave my house sometime in the late afternoon/early evening on Sunday; kisses and hugs from the little missy and them I’m on the road for approximately two hours in order to get to my parents’ house, which is significantly closer to the airport than my house.
I have to wake up at 3 am. No one should ever have to wake up at 3 am.
At 3:30 am, once I’ve managed to make myself look somewhat human, I get a ride to the airport, which takes about half an hour.
I slug through security and a coworker friend and I try not to pass out while waiting at the gate.
We hop on the first plane, which is about a 2-1/2 hour flight to Toronto.
We’re usually in Toronto for a half hour or less before our next flight starts boarding, so no time for silly things like food; just a quick trip to the bathroom and a jog to the gate to board the second flight.
Said second flight is a 4-1/2 hour flight to Edmonton.
We arrive in Edmonton somewhere between 10:30 and 11 in that time zone (keeping in mind that Alberta’s time zone is three hours behind ours at home, so we’re three hours more tired than you’re imagining we should be). We then get to hang around in Edmonton until 3 pm.
At approximately 3:15 pm we hop on a charter flight that takes us on a one-hour trip North to land in the oil sands.
We arrive at an air strip in the middle of nowhere and have to wait anywhere between fifteen minutes and an hour for our bus to come.
The bus takes us on an hour drive down mostly dirt road to our camp.
If we’re lucky it takes about half an hour to check in and get our luggage and be in our rooms.
All total, from waking up in the morning until flopping down in a camp bed in the evening, it’s approximately 17 hours of travel, and since I had to get up at 3 am I’m running on something like 4-5 hours of sleep (IF I slept well, which I usually don’t).
And what’s really amazing? That’s not the worst…on the day we go home it’s a significantly longer trip, running approximately 22 hours from leaving site to arriving home.
The point is, traveling is exhausting, and I find it really rather amazing that I can think after one of these days, never mind write a poignant and interesting blog post. So you’ll excuse me if I just curl up and pass out on the computer right about n-
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I know all about travelling and flights and barely making your connection. Hence, I don’t envy you in the slightest (sorry not sorry 🙂 ) for having to do this every two weeks!
*grumble grumble grumble* It just flabbergasts me how they often put us on the stupidest flights possible. A while back they refused to book me an earlier flight going from Halifax to Sydney because they claimed that a 50 minute layover wasn’t long enough to make, but then two months later they booked me a 20 minute layover in Toronto. Oooookaaaaay….so you don’t think I can cross an airport the length of a strip mall in 50 minutes, but it’s okay for me to run one the length of about 10 football fields in 20 minutes? -_-
TO airport is frickin’ HUGE! I hate that airport. Similar to Atlanta… that one has a subway to get you from gate to gate. I could have run a marathon by running from gate A to gate F (or whichever letter was last gate). They make YHZ look like a (what you said) a strip mall!
I nearly had an aneurysm one time when they tried to argue with me about this stuff. I asked them if any of them had any idea what the Halifax airport looked like and they refused to believe me when I said you could CASUALLY walk the entire length of it in about five minutes. >.>
They must assume all airports are he same.
Wow! That surely does sound exhausting!! Take a well earned nap! Have a great week!
I slept like a rock that night…and the night after. lol Thanks for the well-wishes! I hope you had a great week too!