Well, today is the day! We arrived at the airport shortly after 5 AM. I walked right up to the counter to check in, only to stand in a security line for 30 min. Happy to say, all went well with TSA and my gear. No problems at all with the hand check and no questions about the amount of film. I will say, having all the film out of it’s original packaging and divided into ziplock bags made things go smoothly. I wish i could say the same for my carry on bag. It was randomly selected and swabbed. Then, handed back open and a mess with half of my items in a bin. Thanks TSA! 😉
Anyways, I had the chance to reorganize and grab some milk and cinnamon rolls before boarding the plan. Currently I am 34,000 feet over Nashville, TN and turbulence free. Our flight is Taking the group from Charlotte to Dallas, TX, then from Dallas to Miami, FL. From Miami we will catch a flight to Haiti then have a two hour buss ride. Once we leave FL, I will be without cell signal and internet for the next 7 days. At first I was like WHAT? But, the more I think about it, being free from the web for a few days will allow me to fully enjoy my surroundings and focus on the mission at hand. Landing soon, gonna take a moment to listen to the new Black Keys album and have some beef jerky.
I’m back! Man that was a quick layover. If you have never flown into Dallas, that place is huge! I guess everything is bigger in Texas. Lol. So, here I am, somewhere in the lower part of the states heading to Miami. No one in the seat next to me, which is nice, but also in a seat that doesn’t recline. That’s a bummer. Btw, the new Black Keys album is dope. Speaking of music, I love picking my albums for trips. For this trip I loaded up all my Black Keys, some Bob Dylan and Nickel Creek, The Avett brothers, Mumford & Sons, The Swell Season, Ryan Tanner (who is Amazing), The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes and Beck. Good tunes for a great trip.
Well, I guess this isn’t much of an update, More of a “just saying hello”. But, I would like to take the time to thank everyone who helped make this trip a reality. Mel Pierce Camera for organizing the donations. Alpine Film Lab and The FIND Lab for helping with film processing, Fuji America, who came through with an additional 20 packs of Instax and most importantly, You. To all the people who donated film, Thank You.
If there is any way that I can do an update during the week, I will. Chances are very slim on that, but you never know. Please keep the group and myself in your thoughts this week. We will be impacting lives and helping a community. I am so looking forward to sharing these shots that eject from of the camera with children that have never held an image of themselves.
Until next week…