Its six in the morning and Ive just started the coffee. Today is the day of our big trip. The whole crew will be returning to my birthplace, Portland, Oregon and then the coast. This will be the girls first plane trip and, subsequently, my first plane trip with them. Until now Id have preferred chewing tinfoil to sitting next to my kids on an airplane for any length of time. Family vacation seemed a bit like an oxymoron. Since they are almost 5 now I am starting to wonder if I’m being unreasonable. I must admit, however, that I am still not overjoyed at the prospect of spending nearly 6 hours trying to conceal their true nature (loud-talking, squirmy, dramatic, chaos-making from the other passengers. I can only hope that some other sorry soul has a loud infant or hyperactive toddler that will steal the attention away from whatever inappropriate thing my kids are doing. It is times like these that I feel I didnt adequately appreciate my 20s. There was nothing to do on the plane but read a book and gaze out the window as I indulged in my own self-important thoughts. I didnt have to worry about someone else getting bored, did not need to accompany anyone to the bathroom, anticipate their levels of hunger and thirst, be constantly available as a human pillow.
On the other hand, I get to share in their excitement and enthusiasm as we board this strange machine that can take us higher than the clouds.
As if simply making it through the day was not enough, I have set a goal for myself. I am determined not to waste a bunch of our vacation money buying snacks and little things at the airport. This is a weakness of mine. Once I go into vacation mode, money has no meaning. I only care about satisfying my immediate desires. I cannot guarantee that certain celebrity tabloid magazines will not be purchased, but I AM packing all the food we will need for the entire journey. We are leaving our home at 12:30pm EST and arriving at our destination hotel at about 8pm PST. Thats 11 hours of transit time and at least 1 meal and 1 snack each. Unfortunately I do not have time to prepare any of my cool green sandwich bread. Heres what I got:
Celery with almond butter
Almond butter packets, for those who like it straight
Roast beef from the deli
Mozzarella cheese sticks
Carrot and red pepper sticks
Erythritol (just in case I need a coffee
Nothing fancy here. Mainly these are items still remaining in our fridge or pantry, not even special things I bought for the trip. Wish I had some clever magic plane food recipe to share but the fact is that most of the time we just eat regular stuff. However, I would love to hear about YOUR magic plane food recipe or even just more ideas about portable primal snacks. In 2 weeks time we will be making another of these journeys and by that time I may need all the help I can get!
Note: I am posting this a little after-the-fact as we are already on our vacation and enjoying the Oregon coast. I had no way of knowing this at the time but we would have been in a desperate mess had I not packed all this food. We were supposed to change planes in Denver but the airport closed due to a thunderstorm. After circling the airport for an hour or so, we were instructed to land in Cheyenne instead. Meanwhile, the Denver airport opens again but we can’t fly back because there’s a control panel that’s not working properly. We also can’t get off the plane in Cheyenne because Frontier has no ground crew there. Eventually, after some insane amount of time, they wheel some stairs over and we are allowed off the plane. We ended up paying for a taxi to take us back to Denver where we crashed out at a hotel at about 3am. The plane staff kept handing out cookies but there was no real food to be found either on the plane or in the middle of the night at the Cheyenne ‘airport’ so we would have been stuck feeding the kids Doritos for dinner. My initial calculation of 11 hours transit time tuned into nearly 24. On the bright side, the kids were amazingly calm and cooperative throughout the entire ordeal perhaps figuring this was all just par for course. We got $800 worth of vouchers from Frontier so we’re already planning our next trip….