Taking off from San Jose

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Waiting for boarding at the airport in San Jose

To get to Mexico fast and cheap I booked a flight out of San Jose International Airport instead of our local Monterey airport. The one hour drive was a small price to pay to avoid a layover with the child in tow. I also chose a Sunday arrival and departure to avoid crazy traffic which is always a problem in San Jose. I am happy to report that we made it to our parking lot in “record time” thanks to the Bavarian beast and the Bavarian lead foot. ;)

I booked our parking spot and shuttle through the website www.airportparkingreservations.com which I used a coupon for. The coupon came from www.retailmenot.com.  I don’t always remember to go there before purchasing stuff online, but I did this time and it saved me $5 in the short run.

Is that our plane?
We’re not going to talk about what happened when we went to pick up our car after a week just yet. Patience, young grasshoppers.  They shuttled us to our departure and check in at the airport in under 10 minutes. EZ Park and Fly is who I went with, and looking at their page now it seems like false advertisement for sure. Even the pictures are wrong. Quite funny how they got such a good rating. 

Check in with Alaska Airlines was quick and pain free. We were told they would have waived our luggage fee due to us being military, but since I had already checked in and paid for the luggage online, so that ship had sailed.

The San Jose airport is smack in the middle of the city and not far from Silicon Valley. Conveniently located right on Hwy 101, it looks very modern and is clean.  There was a little play area for children right by our gate.  According to their website San Jose airport does not require you to show up 3 hours early for an international flight and I can agree with this assessment. The 2 hours we had were plenty of time to check in, go through security and get to our boarding gate.  

Well, we are off on our first real vacation since we added Ben to our family. 

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Waiting for boarding at the airpor…
Waiting for boarding at the airpo…
Is that our plane?
Is that our plane?
Getting ready for take off
Getting ready for take off
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Somewhere over Cali, I was thinki…
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Mama packed lunchables, because n…
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Some weird white spots and solar …
Dry river bed
Dry river bed
Over San Diego area
Over San Diego area
San Diego area
San Diego area
San Jose
photo by: Deannimal