20.10.2012 - 20.10.2012 15 °C
A slow morning following another late night, but knowing tonight would be our last at LAX airport there was a renewed enthusiasm. Some breakfast (still doing our best to avoid the pastries, donuts and cakes), some packing ready to check out at 12, half hour on Skype with Louis my son, and a generally chilled morning and we felt ready to head for the number 40 metro bus down Hawthorne Boulevard to Redondo Beach and the a South Bay Galleria, which is a big shopping mall. The number 40 was full of locals when we got on and there were at least 3 people who instantly offered us their seats, seeing that we had 2 kids and a double buggy (stroller).
Lunch and a new hand luggage bag which would allow us to reduce from 14 items to watch down to 13 and we were on our way back to the hotel to collect our bags they'd stored for us and head for LAX. Telling Dottie for the third night in a row that she was about to go on a plane made we wonder if she believed us, but as always she was in high spirit. We bagged a bassinette seat and were very impressed with what Air New Zealand had to offer, having spent almost our entire flying time on 'the worlds favourite airline'. It was interesting to compare.
A 13 hour flight with a 2 year old and a 7 month old is not perhaps all that high up on your 'how best to spend the next 13 hours' league table, but thanks to the fact that both kids were just a dream, and with the help of 'Tap the Frog', both Nat and I couldn't believe how 'ok' we felt as we touched down in Auckland 2 minutes ahead of schedule at 6.43 on Monday 22nd.