As you know from yesterday, I get to go to Disneyland for work this week. Yes, it’s a tough job. But I am willing to be a team player and take these punches with the rest of them.
It’s rough. But I sure do love my job. So let’s get going, shall we?
We didn’t wait long in Bremerton for our very-excited passengers to arrive. The kids had just been told that morning where we were headed. What a fun surprise!
Alright! We’re back in the sky and headed south to heaven on earth! I have been to Disneyland three other times in my life, but it has been over ten years since the last trip. I’m really embarrassed to admit that. But that is why I am so freakin’ excited, OK?
It’s been in a while! Too long!
Sorry for the hazy picture, but we passed Portland on the way to California today. I love Portland, but I’m not nearly cool enough to live there. I would have to have more tattoos and body piercings and care about organic food, from what I’ve seen.
We’re getting closer! Now we are over central California, where such lovelies as oranges and avocados are born. I enjoy flying over all of the pretty farms and am always amazed how they can get irrigation out here in the mostly-dry climate!
I’m glad that they manage it. Have you tried pistachios?!
Finally, a view of the Pacific Ocean. This means that we are finally coming into the Los Angeles valley. But, thanks to busy airspace and us being the little guys, we were slowed down and vectored like crazy this afternoon.
This looks like a nice place to live. Beach? Check. Mountains for camping? Check. A severe lack of LA smog? Double-check.
We start one of our many turns for vectoring today. Why are they taking us away from the city?! Don’t they know that I have places to visit, people to see?
We had to fly the full arrival, which is rare. I can usually sweet-talk a shortcut, but not today. And not in this airspace. So we flew over Catalina Island before we turned eastward towards land.
At least we are headed in the right direction now! Look at all of those beaches!
I love this shot, dividing the land from the sea. If you look really closely, you can already see a ton of uber-tanned bodies laying out down there!
Here we are on downwind for our runway to John Wayne Airport. Can you see it? We had a very long downwind because of several airlines landing in front of us. Sometimes, being the little guy isn’t much fun.
See you soon, John Wayne Airport! After we go tour the rest of the city by air, apparently!
I just hope this is an accurate statement, but here is a picture of Disneyland from the air, several miles away! Butterflies again, people! I can hardly wait to explore it all!
With my Mama! Eek!
Finally, we turned back towards the airport. As we did, I had a nice view of the Goodyear Blimp Airfield. Look at all of that prime real estate going to good use. Can you see the giant hangars in which they keep the blimps? Pretty cool stuff.
Now we are lined up for a long Final to Runway 19R to John Wayne Airport. Look how busy that freeway is. The traffic is what prevents me from ever being able to live in California.
Hello again, John Wayne Airport. We are finally getting close enough to meet you in person for the day. And I am pretty happy about that, if you must know.
We made it safely down and then had to find a spot on the packed ramp to park. I guess everyone got the memo about going to Disneyland today? This place was a madhouse!
After getting my passengers on their way, I headed back out to Gladys to unload the crew’s things. I even bought some bottled water to keep in the hotel room rather than paying $20 a bottle at the park.
More shots of airplanes on this very busy ramp. This airport is a popular reliever airport for Los Angeles International, so it is always hopping. I just love seeing so many pretty airplanes on the ramp.
We parked at Atlantic Aviation for our three-night stay. I felt badly for the line guys because there were so many airplanes coming and going that they had a hard time keeping up with it all.
Here is another view of the FBO. I am far out on the ramp to the other direction. I just checked on flightaware.com to see where my Mom’s airplane is, and she should be landing any moment! Holy smokes!
It’s a good thing that I wore my sparkly princess shoes to work today, huh?
Prepare for a whole lotta Disney, because that is what I am all about for these next few days!