welcome for this back home flight to Guadeloupe, from my translated Seattle report serie.
The rounting allows me to discover Alaska and Omaha airport, it also 6exclu/7 for the data base.
We go to the airport nearby 9am, it's early but our Rodeway inn SeaTac isn't very nice so it'll be better. We go by foot , weather is good but coldy, no matter, we'll miss cold weather in Guadeloupe.
After printed our BP we directly go Airside, crossing customs &etc, at 9:25am we're airside:
Go to gate D11, with this seaplane making ad for an underwear mark
Our plane is already here. It's a ex-US Ariways A321, so it's a old narrow-body often used on ex-US Airways hubs (Philly, Charlotte, Phoenix), it's pity we won't have IFE like my flight with the A321B I had for my DFW-DEN flight, for a 5hours flight it'll be nice.
Since it's early, I decide to visit a litte SeaTac, I had been surprised by such a traffic in SeaTac, I didn't remember it.
I walk to terminal B
Where Delta is based
This one is pushing-back to Las Vegas
in front of us, A-terminal
Then I took the South Loop which serves terminals A/B and south satellite. North Loop serves terminals C/D and north satellite. The Central Shuttle link terminal A (south) to terminal D (north). 3 distincts shuttle in total.
Face to us, terminal B (where we from)
332 Kahului bound Hawaiian
Concourse is empty, there is carpet evereywhere but it's dirty.
Alaska in a ????? livery…
There is a wait to take-off, with Omni air in head.
E175 Delta bound to Sacramento,CA
Delta's arriving from Tokyo Narita in A359, and a 737 to Anchorage
We can see Vancouver Island's mountains (CA): what a beautiful view.
757 from Orlando
Frontier to Denver
Asiana Cargo 747 to Seoul
DASH Q400 AS from Bellingham, WA, a few miles northern than us
Alaska in the old livery bound to Denver
Southwest from…. Denver
757 Delta from JFK
The A350 is just in front of me
I have to come back to the South Loop, the Hawaiian A330 is pushing-back
And a 737 United to Denver : everybody in here goes to Denver today ?
The first car is reserved to international arrivals; here, Narita's flight
The train is moving slow, about 2minutes between each terminals
I have to meet my mother at Terminal B, every international passengers went down at terminal A station, to cross the TSA, and nobody go in
Then we go to Terminal D. The fastest way would have been to get out of the train in terminal A and take the A <-> D shuttle.
This is the talking fountain, it emplifies water sounds when you drink… hum, why not?
Our flight is scheduled on time.
Boarding via a blind pathway : welcome to the usa…
Now go to my seat ; where the pitch is correct but not very good for a 5hours flight
No IFE here
We are seated at 11:15am
Beside us, a 737 to Los Angeles LAX
We push back at 11:25am, five minutes early
North satellite, with mainly AS
Alaska in Boeing livery
we enter the take-off lane
It's 11:40am when we line-up, for a take-off on 34R
KE, LH and JAL far away
They are waiting behind us
747 Lufthansa from Frankfurt, 787 Japan aiirlines from Tokyo.
The north of the airport, with the Highway 5 and the Tramlink which link the airport with Seattle downtown
Far away, we can see the Cascades mountains
Bellevue CBD, passengers on the left side have a beautiful view over Seattle I guess
on the south
Right turn, with Bellevue again
Boeing field, with his museum, and the 737MAX nailed on the ground. SeaTac in the back
Mount Rainier, just amazing
I can see the south of Seattle CBD, like the Columbia Center Tower, one of the building targeted by the 9/11 attacks..
Boeing field, Washington lake
Mount Rainier, on the right you can observe mount St-Helens
Tacoma and Olympia
Then we flew over Cascades, heading east to Philly
And again, Mount Rainier with his 4392 meters, higher submit in United States (except Alaska) when we take the culminating point from the base, if you take from sea level, it's Mont Whitney in the Sierra Nevada
These view remind me that I'm definitively more a travelgeek than an avgeek. Mount Rainier is an actif volcano (as is Mount St Helens) and these two volcanoes put in danger more than 4.millions of inhabitants because they are located between Portland and Sea-Tac metropolitan areas (Puget Sound)
it's beautiful, we flew-over many ski areas
a last one
because the snow gives way to the east plains, we exit de Washington by south of Spokane
we still flying over some snowy peaks
We fly-over Missoula, the second city of Montana after Billings
Wi-fi was available, but you only can go on AA site unless you pay.
It's more or less mountainous outside
Catering is served; just speculos with drinks, that's very low for this flight I think, but welcome to the usa lol.
I should have sell it in Philly, but I trash it
Sky starts to be more cloudy as we entered inland Montana
with the corporate pic
It's totally overcasted when we cross North Dakota border
New destination from Philly : Edinburgh ! operated with 757
We entered the clouds
A few hours after, a second prestation has been made, just a drink this time. Still stingy
a canada dry
It's still covered when we arrived on Michigan coastline, so we didn't could enjoy Chicago, just southest than us
We overcross Ohio
The entry in Pennsylvania came up with the beginning of our descent over Philadelphia
Lights on, it's more dark outside
We reach east coast under a mixed weather
Delaware river, from northern Appalaches to Atlantic Ocean (in Delware state.)
We overfly south of Philly
After such a long flight we deserve beautiful views of the CBD
It's hard to take goods pics with the weather and my bad phone
North suburbs of the city, with Fairmount Park on the right
The Central business district, and the airport in the background. The first bridge is the Besty Ross Bridge
Still turning on our right
The east neighborhoods of Philadelphia, actually located in New Jersey
Again the CBD while we are on final, the same as 2 weeks ago from Sint-Maarten SXM
Lincoln Field stadium, with sunset behind
I don't regret my right seat
The last one.
Actually, I find that Philly's downtown looks a bit like Atlanta's one.
TouchDown at 7:20pm
Strong braking, we quickly exited the runway, it's rushtime here on a eastcoast airport.
An united plane who heads west to… Denver !! As you see, because we didn't go skiing in Colorado this year, everything reminds us that.
American Airlines bound to Washington (Reagan national)
A330 bound to London Heathrow
And a British 747,, London too
Then we go to Terminal A-West, many aircraft waiting for landing
Frontier on A321.
A350 Qatar going to his gate
We follow him
To be gated beside Sport the Jaguar A321
Who arrived an hour ago from Denv… as F9170 and will take off soon to San Juan PR as F9108
A beautiful livery.. in the background, an A300 UPS is taking-off to Richmond RIC
everybody gets up
deboarding is quick, we're airside as usual from domestic arrivals
Philly is welcoming us, I would have loved to stay a few days, Philadelphia is a beautiful city, especially during spring, like Boston for that matter
We walk above SEPTA Airport Line which link Philadelphia international airport with the city center
then we take the free shuttle to our motel (econolodge) which was just correct.
The approach over Philly, which allows us to have beautiful views on the CBD
thank you for reading this, sorry for the mistakes I could make. You can visit the bonus about the Puget sound just below!
We decided to do Seattle and 3 Nationals parks during these vacations, we would have loved to go to Vancouver, Victoria, Portland etc, but it was too much.
We begin with Seattle, a beautiful city!
Our landing at SEA (non reported because of pics troubles!) just after an emergency with an AA flight (Vancouver-> Chicago O'hare).. Something about landing gear
Take the boat to Bainbridge island allows to have an amazing view on Seattle Skyline of $7go and back. 30/40min of boat and the, you're on a pretty green pine island.
The famous Pioneer Square, with his neo-roman buildings from XIXème century
Unavoidable Pike Market
Fremont borough, north of Seattle, is very nice. We went by foot (5kms each way) via Queen Ann hills, a beautiful rich neighborhood. It was srping and Seattle is a green city, all was "in flower" (idk how to say that in english).
This is Lenin, pretty weird in such a capitalist country as U.S., especially in the western states… Why not, i like the man
Then we went to Canadian border, Bellingham , where I had the chance to watch a Guadeloupe's friend playing SoftBall.
But we went here for North Cascades National Park
Weather wasn't good this day (otherwise we only had good weather) but the lakes are supposed to be green. Here, Diablo Lake
Unfortunately, snow this year has been exceptional, the park is still recovered by 4/5meters in april, that prevented us to go where we wanted to go
Lower, a luxurious forest which reminds us Louisiana, or Olympic National Park (that we did after). The sensation of humidity and cold (30°F) was weird
but so beautiful
Then we crossed the state to go to Mount Rainier National Park (50 miles north of Portland, OR). I think that is my prefered park, it was just amazing (but all was amazing, like everywhere in the wolrd actually!!!!!)
Snowmelt has no yet started
I ran faster than usain bolt
Mount Rainier from the South. Also here, snow bothered us
And finally, Olympic National Park, beautiful too!
It was suer windy and very cold
Unfortunately I don't find other pics of the inland of Olympic Park, but as the other, snow bothered us. From the top of the Hurricane Range, we could see Mount Olympe, Vancouver Island, Victoria City, Mount Baker (near Bellingham in the north of the state). The park was infested of raccoon
Voilà, it was a beautiful travel. Doing it in april was good: not much tourists, spring was beautiful especially in Seattle (in the parks it was still winter) and even if with the snow it was terribly beautiful, it was also a brake for the national parks.
See u soon, loulou
SEA: Fluid, clean and nice. On time departure
PHL: 10min between the arrving and the exit, it's good. Nice airport but crowded on this evening, and a little cold as usual in the east coast lol
AA: standard domestic, nice crew, but the plane was old for this flight, and the prestation isn't good although it's the usual in the USA, I find it very stingy.