Getting Home

The trip home was uneventful, although mom did find the combination of Israeli and post-9-11 American security rather daunting - noting that, like Israel, in many ways we also live in a police state. Moshe (Moses), the driver that brought us from the airport returned to guide our exodus from the holy land.

The TLV-ATL flight was right on time, although the ATL-SHV flight got delayed around an hour and a half because they needed to call in a reserve pilot. To take advantage of winds, the TLV-ATL flight took a slightly more circuitous route than our flight over, flying over Iceland and Greenland, the latter of which appeared quite frosty and inaptly named. But the bluish midnight sun was a novel experience.

At the conclusion of our flights, I made a point of asking the pilots (greeting us at the door) how many pounds of jet fuel our flights used. The 600-mile SHV-ATL legs used around 3,500 lbs each. The 6,800-mile ATL-TLV and TLV-ATL legs used 240,000 and 225,000 lbs, respectively. Jet engines are actually quite efficient, and those figures represent the thermodynamic equivalent of 50-60 passenger-miles per gallon of gasoline. The issue is that the time-space compression resulting from the high speed of air travel makes it possible to use so much fuel in a comparatively short amount of time.

Using a carbon coefficient of 3.1 lbs C per lb of jet fuel (calculated from EIA 2001), for the two of us, our travel resulted in around 4.6 tons of CO2 emissions, not including emissions from around 350 miles of bus travel around Israel or secondary emissions resulting from demands like power needed to run airports and airline operations. As my mother only drives around 5,000 miles per year (in a 30 MPG 2004 Toyota RAV4) , the energy used for our one week in Israel was around the total amount of transportation energy she uses in a whole year.

But it was the experience of a lifetime, so I'd say it was worth it.

Getting Home - Transfer
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Transfer
Getting Home - Ben Gurion at his airport
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Ben Gurion at his airport
Getting Home - Terminal
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Terminal
Getting Home - Waiting
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Waiting
Getting Home - Red eye
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Red eye
Getting Home - Over Iceland
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Over Iceland
Getting Home - Midnight sun over Iceland
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Midnight sun over Iceland
Getting Home - Iceland
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Iceland
Getting Home - Iceland
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Iceland
Getting Home - Greenland
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Greenland
Getting Home - Greenland
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Greenland
Getting Home - Greenland
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Greenland
Getting Home - Greenland
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Greenland
Getting Home - Greenland
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Greenland
Getting Home - International travel
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International travel
Getting Home - Breakfast
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Breakfast
Getting Home - Flying
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Flying
Getting Home - Atlanta
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Atlanta
Getting Home - Atlanta
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Atlanta
Getting Home - CRJ 200
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CRJ 200
Getting Home - CRJ 200
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CRJ 200
Getting Home - Shreveport
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Shreveport
Getting Home - Baggage claim
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Baggage claim
Getting Home - Reunion
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Reunion
Getting Home - The car is still there
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The car is still there
Getting Home - American food
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American food
Getting Home - Thanking dad for paying for the trip
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Thanking dad for paying for the trip
Getting Home - Back in Ruston
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Back in Ruston
Getting Home - American cooking
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American cooking
Getting Home - Dawn
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Dawn
Getting Home - Breakfast
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Breakfast
Getting Home - Mom and Me in Ruston
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Mom and Me in Ruston
Getting Home - Waiting for the bus
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Waiting for the bus
Getting Home - The bus
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The bus
Getting Home - Goodbye
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Goodbye
Getting Home - The big dog
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The big dog
Getting Home - Bumped for smoking on the bus
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Bumped for smoking on the bus
Getting Home - High Mississippi
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High Mississippi
Getting Home - Trestle at Vicksburg
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Trestle at Vicksburg
Getting Home - Rail bridge at Vicksburg
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Rail bridge at Vicksburg
Getting Home - High Mississippi
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High Mississippi
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Chicken fried steak
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Chicken fried steak
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Jackson Union Station
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Jackson Union Station
Getting Home - Waiting
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Waiting
Getting Home - Sunset
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Sunset
Getting Home - Ohio River
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Ohio River
Getting Home - Champaign, IL
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Champaign, IL
Getting Home - Waiting
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Waiting
Getting Home - Waiting
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Waiting
Getting Home - CUMTD Bus
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CUMTD Bus
Getting Home - CUMTD Bus
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CUMTD Bus
Getting Home - Home!!!
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Home!!!

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. (Dave Olson)