Jane and I were up early and as we started the plane for the flight home, I looked in the cabin and it was empty for the first time in over a week. By the time we would be home, we would have flown over 70 hours, 30 flights, nearly 18,000 miles, and consumed over 4,000 gallons of Jet-A fuel over a span of 10 days. All this to carry over people, food, medicine, tarps, tents, blankets, generators, X-Ray machines, oil, clothing, paper products, jet fuel, and of course toys!
The 10 hour flight home was a time to think about Haiti, our mission, the incredible team that I was proud to be a member of, and of next steps for our involvement with Haiti. It was also a time for Jane and I to discuss our other mutual interest, her autism research (Autism Tissue Program – http://www.memoriesofhope.org) and my commitment to help her with some additions to her research portal and a grant proposal, before my next trip to Haiti :)
We landed at Palomar airport (CRQ) with a very dirty Pilatus PC-12 with worn tires from the landings, and very tired. KUSI and NBC San Diego news crews were there to greet us, along with Todd, David and others. Before I could apologize to Todd about the condition of his airplane, he said ‘When do we make the next trip?’