Friday, October 26, 2007

We're Home!

We had a 5:30 am wake-up call at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem for a 10:40 am flight (5 hrs). Israeli security was rigoruous, to say the least, but we all (26 of us) got on the 777 Continental Airline fo Newark and a 10 1/2 hour flight with the sun, arriving about 4:30 pm Newark time for a 6:40 flight to Los Angeles. The LA flight was late, however, so we waiting about 4 hours in Newark for our Continental flight to LA, giving us a total travel time of about 20 hours. The LA flight took 5 1/2 hours, getting us into LA about 11:00 pm. The remainder of the group waited here for the Santa Barbara Air Bus to drive us home to Santa Barbara getting in around 1:30 am, now bringing our travel time over 24 hours.
But Oh my, did home sound sweet. We were giddy at the prospect of arriving home after a great trip. You can see the smiles on the weary faces. But this is a tiredness that comes with the luxury and privilege of travel. It's not the exhaustion of a surgery waiting room or a courtroom trial. Ours was the privilege of being together for 10 days expereincing the sights and texture of the world in which the Bible was written, where the stories were lived out, where Jesus walked.


At 12:27 PM , Anonymous Lyle said...

Hi Don,
Now that is getting up early to post the picture so quickly! I see that the Samarkand crew is well represented, they just must be exceptionally photogenic or else they are very good at finding the beginning of the line, maybe it is practice from entering the Samarkand Dining Room at 4:45.


At 12:38 PM , Blogger kent said...

yes you are home but are you awake?

At 4:04 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Awake is overrated!


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