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Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong-Tokyo-Los Angeles-Edmonton

Photo taken on May 14, 1982.

We have this game we play, as we near the end of a vacation. We try to recall all that we saw, did and ate on each day. I must admit, that it proved difficult on this trip, even though we were still in our 20s. This had truly been an Orient Escapade and gave us plenty of ideas for future trips.

Breakfast in the Bauhania Room, before boarding our last tour bus. This one would take us to Kai Tak Airport to catch our 10:10 AM flight to Narita. It was to be a 4:00 hour flight and given the 1 hour time difference, we were supposed to arrive at 1:10 PM. However, a major storm was brewing in the area and we bucked strong headwinds and rain all the way to Tokyo, arriving closer to 2:00 PM. As we approached Narita, the 747 bounced up and down like a yo-yo on a string. Descending on final approach, we could not even tell if there was land below until we were about 500 feet off the deck. The plane continued to bounce and sway from side to side as we got closer to touch down. Despite all this, we barely felt the wheels touch down as our skilled crew brought the plane in. Loud applause broke out throughout the cabin.

We were quickly deplaned and loaded onto our next flight from Narita to LAX, which managed to take off on time at 4:00 PM. We climbed up out of the clouds and rain and found calm air above the clouds. The almost 10 hour flight, coupled with the 20 hour time difference meant we arrived in L.A. around 8:00 AM on the same date. I guess time travel really is possible.

Customs and immigration processes were quickly completed and we went a different way than most of our fellow tour members. They went down one escalator, as we went up the other. The locals waved proudly that they had managed to get more items than they had declared into the country, without getting caught. Yay?

We, on the other hand had 8 hours to kill at LAX, before our next flight took off. We sat, we walked, we stretched out, we were bored, we were tired. Even in those days, we could not sleep in planes or airports. And in those days there was no internet or smart phone to entertain us.

As 5:05 PM approached, we sat impatiently in the departure lounge for the flight LAX to Edmonton. Oh, this was going to be a tiring way to end our holiday. If we had only known……that the plane was having mechanical difficulties. The departure time changed to 5:45, then 6:15, then 7:00. At long last, we boarded and were off.

But wait, there’s more. My ears were going crazy from the air pressure changes and about 10 minutes into the flight, the pilot came on to advise that we were turning back to LAX, due to mechanical difficulties. Nooooooooooooo, I don’t care if my ears are bleeding. I need to get home into my own bed and grab some sleep. We landed and sat for a bit, while they brought another plane into service. At 8:30 PM, we were off again, this time for real. We finally landed in Edmonton after midnight. We had been up some 38 hours before we finally got into bed. We were exhausted.

At about 10:00 AM that same day, our eyes snapped open and for a moment we felt well rested. We jumped into the car and headed off to Woodwards’ World of Fine Foods at Westmount Shopping Centre to pick up groceries. We got about 1/2 way through our grocery list before a wave of fatigue hit us both. I looked at Pat and she looked at me. We had the same thought at the same moment and left our cart full of groceries in the aisle and went home. We would try again another day.

Guess the vacation is over.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

12 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Orient Escapade 1982 – Hong Kong-Tokyo-Los Angeles-Edmonton

    1. I agree. We hope to be travelling again soon, but not this fall. Maybe next spring. In the meantime, we continue our visits with kids and parents on the West Coast. Thanks for coming on this tour Marion. Happy Sunday. Allan

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  1. Getting away with more than claimed at Customs? I never saw the point of it. I used to do a lot of international travel and always claimed everything when returning to Canada. One time I was pulled out in Calgary after a trip to South Africa (this was during apartheid, so it was no surprise). I had listed all items, and was yawning and scratching while they started examining my suitcase. I just wanted them to get finished so I could go home. After about 2 minutes, they sent me on my way. The reason? They felt I was much too unconcerned and decided my bag was a waste of time. I was so tired, and I understand that utter fatigue you mentioned. Thanks for taking us along on your trip, minus the jet lag!

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    1. The funny thing is, these people had money. I think it was the adventure of it all. They also had goods being shipped to them in L.A. that they did not declare. I am like you Lynette. I list everything, put a local purchase price on it and then do the conversion to CAD$. Usually, they take a look at that list and then smile and send me on my way. That was a crazy long time at LAX. We should have taken a hotel room for the day. Thanks for joining Lynette. Allan

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    1. It was an exploratory trip. We went back to Japan in 1985 on our own and then had a series of Japanese homestay students when our kids were growing up. The last time we were in Japan was 2009, when we visited a couple of exchange students. Allan


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