By the time you read this we would have been in the USA for almost a week.
Despite being an almost annual soujorn to see family and friends, we hadn't planned to go this year due to the economic downturn. However competition on the Pacific route has increased with the introduction of direct daily services by Delta Airlines and Virgin Australia in addition to the usual United Airlines and QANTAS flights. This substantial increase in the number available seats plus the decline in passenger numbers saw some very low fares being offered over the last few months.
We couldn't resist so picked up two 'cheapies' on VA from Sydney to Los Angeles.
Then, after a few hours cooling our heels at LAX, we planned to pick up the North West 'red eye' to Minneapolis. Normally we fly into Sioux Falls, SD but in keeping with the budgetory nature of this trip it was much cheaper to fly to the Twin Cities, pick up a car and drive the 5 hours to our final destination. After a few days getting over jetlag, that is. We were wanting to visit with family in Hudson WI anyway so it was killing two birds with one stone.
Now the big thing was, none of the family knew what was going on.
We have planned just to turn up on their doorstep.
They were just told that we were heading north for a few days break and would be out of touch.
So it will be interesting to report on their reactions to our sudden appearance.
We both like surprises!!!!!!!!