I woke up ay 3:00 am in preparation for my 5:00 a.m. flight: don't ask, I don't know why I booked a flight at such an ungodly hour - could be because the price was right. I'm not an early riser and I do not like getting up early when I'm on vacation. I did so however and was ready by 3:30 am when my friend Matt came to drive me over to Tucson International Airport. I made me a hot cup of black garden tea and took it with me along as I did not have enough time to drink it before Matt came. Tucson Airport is not too far from my place but I have not used it for almost a year, I was surprised to find some changes, which I must say were for the better.
The whole terminal was re-done and shops moved around: I liked the counter bar by gates 8 and 9. The beautiful orange leather on the chairs creates such calm and comfort within the terminal . . .
I as excited to be going out of town again after my failed trip to Banff. I was going to meet my host Joanne for the first time and everything in me told me she would be an exciting person (this of course an assertion I made after talking to her on the phone in Las Vegas where she was yesterday). Normally I would buy coffee in the airport, but it was way too early and I had my cup of tea on the way to the airport. The new bar was opened and I believe they served coffee; the couple across from me was having coffee (I did not pay particular attention). At a quarter to 5:00 a.
m. the Continental Airlines representative began going around giving everyone with a carry-on bag a gate-check-in tag, explaining that the Continental Express jet we were to travel with was too small even for carry-on. No sooner was she done with tags, than it was time to begin boarding the flight. We were boarded and ready to leave at exactly 5:08 a.m.
Once we left the airport, we gained altitude quickly, the sun began rising from the east and the sky glowed with a colour combination of a deep blue and orange. My seat was rather inconvenient because of the direction in which the flight was moving; I could only see the full sun from the right corner of the window and barely capture two full shots of it before it was swallowed by the deep clouds. It was an amazing sight that early in the morning.