Our Honeymoon has had a rough start. Although some things have been a slight bummer all we can really do is laugh. We have realized so many things through this process and I can honestly say I have married my best friend, my soul mate and damn do we sure make a great team!
We started yesterday at like 4pm in San Jose getting ready to leave. We had ordered some snorkel gear for us to take to Bora Bora. But it didn’t arrive on time so we headed out without it. Sandi drove us to target last minute to pick up some snorkel stuff before we got to the airport. We got to SF checked our bags pretty easily, on time and ready to go. We got through security hassle free and realized when we got into our gate that our flight from SF to LAX was delayed from 7:50PM to 9:30 PM. This was ok because our connector flight to Tahiti didn’t leave LAX till 11:50PM. Ryan made many phone calls to try and insure that the flight would wait for us. We then boarded our flight around 9:20PM and waited. We were assigned to sit in row 23 but after talking to the flight attendant she let us move up to the front so that we could get off the plane quickly to hall ass to our next flight. Frustration kicked in the longer we sat on the plane…there was NO pilot for us. He was stuck coming from Dallas and had not landed yet. By time the Pilot got there and did all of his checks for the flight we left SF at 10:45PM with little hope to make it to our flight. We landed in LAX at 11:30ish and we got a glimpse of hope thinking if we get to our gate we can bolt over to the international terminal run through security and find our gate. By time our plane was on the ground and attached to the gate for us to get out, it was 11:45PM. Ry and I did what all crazies do…we split up! Ry stayed to talked to someone about trying to call and hold our flight and me, well I ran as fast as I could to get to our plane. The People would not call the gate that our flight was at to try and hold it for us. There was a couple from France trying to also get to Bora Bora for their honeymoon as well. I booked it from the Domestic side, then outside in pouring rain, to the international side, found security asked some people if I could cut in front of them. I turned around and let me tell you I’ve never been so relieved and excited to see my newly husband turn the corner into security. I shouted to the lady, “that’s my husband the guy with the curly hair.” (always gets back to his beautiful hair) ;) We took off our shoes, sweat shirts, emptied our pockets and continued through security, oh wait we then got selected to have to get the peeper creepo naked body scan. Of course Ry goes first and then me. Ry gets stopped and I get cleared through. Ry left his passport wallet in his pants…looked risky and we lost five more minutes. We didn’t know what gate we were going to so gut reaction we stayed to the left. Running as fast as we could, we could hear names being called over the loud speaker. I don’t think our names were called but then a security man said are you going to Tahiti we shouted Yes and he said the plane is still here you need to get to gate 136. Of course that gate was to the right and the farthest possible gate. Ry ran with the computer and I ran with the backpack and sweat shirts. My backpack opened somehow and my dear travel pillow fell out. Some guy picked it up and yelled to me I dropped it. Oh thank God. I fricken would have been bummed to loose my travel pillow. Ryan got to the gate at 12:20AM and the French couple made it there too. All four of us missed the flight!
Since it was after midnight everything was closing up if it wasn’t closed already. We went to American Airlines desk. Back through the rain to the Domistic side of the airport. They were not very helpful and actually quite rude. They would not comp a hotel and sent us on a wild goose chase for our luggage. Missing the Red eye flight to Tahiti caused us to also miss our flight and boat to Bora Bora.
Thank God my Brother Nick and Janice live in LA and could come get us. I called them and they came, I didn’t realize it would take us another hour plus to get things somewhat squared away. They would not give us our bags because they were being held as we had been booked on the flight today at 4PM. Ry helped the French couple book a hotel and get on their way too. Nick, Janice, Ry and I around 2AM headed back to their house for some shut eye.
We woke up today with much hope and well just praying today would work and we’d get to go on our much longed for amazing Honeymoon. Ry was in contact with our travel agent and everyone else too. He is quite the bad ass when it comes to organizing with people and getting shit planned. And well me, not so much. Nick picked us up around 11:45AM and took us to the airport. The Air Tahiti Nui desk opened at 12:05 which really didn’t end up opening till 12:20PM. We saw the French couple and they had already gone back and forth that morning figuring out stuff too. Once again Ry and I split up. I stayed in line in the International part of the airport and Ry ran back to the Domestic to talk to the American Airlines peeps. Our travel agent Ellen had called and they said we were not booked on the flight and the confirmation number we were given at 1AM didn’t exist. I prayed for a travel miracle and 15 minutes later Ry came back with two printed boarding passes for the flight to Tahiti. There was no flight tonight to Bora Bora so we will be staying the night in Tahiti in a Hotel and flying to Bora Bora I think at like 6AM. I sure do hope our luggage makes it back to us. If it doesn’t oh well…we both have a swimsuit packed in our carry on backpack.
I am typing this as we are sitting on our flight to paradise (FINALLY). We only really lost a day and a half in Bora Bora but we are just so blessed and grateful to be together and be safe and alive. The flight is going well, some turbulence but it’s ok. My husband (that’s still a trip to say) is reading his Star wars book on his new gadget, a kindle that he got a in March for his B-day from his mom and dad. I’m not sure what kind of wifi there will be and I’m sure it will cost a butt load. So this may be our only post. Love you and see you guys soon!
WE MADE IT to Bora Bora!!! And OMG it is the most AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL place!!!!
Ry and I are having a blast! And spent most of the day being awe struck! We went on a Jet Ski tour, which was awesome, and went around all of Bora Bora. The pictures won’t do it justice. But we will try.
We are off to dinner...and let me just say I could get used to this honeymoon thing!
We are having the best time together! And we just feel so blessed!