Travel days are always hectic for me. I think it’s because I never do a good job packing my stuff the days before I have to leave. There’s always something I forget or have to do which makes travel day a mad dash to to the gate. I wasn’t paying too much attention when I was buying all my gear for this trip. The night before, I realized that I did not have enough room in my pack. I had bought a 22L day pack to attach to the outside of my 60L pack. But this was still not enough. I had to leave my snow shoe and water purifier behind, plus a lot of other things. But my pack was still too heavy.
I left work at 4 to beat the traffic which was unusually light. I missed two shuttles because my pack was so heavy. I have to get rid of the wood pellets once I get to Fairbanks. That would lighten the load by 10 pounds. I struggled to checkin with my packs and decided that I did not want to carry anything onto the plane except for my good luck teddy bear and “man bag”. $15 for the first pack. $25 for the second pack. Ouch. Wasn’t expecting that.
I was wearing my Mountain Hardware Compressor Pants. When I went thru security, I was flagged to be searched because my pants were too puffy. This was a first for me.