You know that helicopters can’t or don’t fly (when it snows) I…did..not.
A few years ago I was working and living in Afghanistan. It was just getting into the winter months and for those of you that don’t know, Afghanistan is flipping cold! Who knew? Yep, they have mountains and desert, and four seasons. At this point in time I had been in theatre (aka an active warzone) for about 7 months.
I was well overdue for a vacation. 14-16 hour days, 7 days a week, the “experience” was overrated at that point! After working that many hours for that long, wowwww, a girl can get cranky. After finally deciding that it was time, I had decided to fly back stateside and head to a resort in Aspen with my boyfriend at the time. This is what we “Had” decided. I made the arrangements and the plan was in place and then, here comes the fun. I took off from Kabul (the capital) from the base and was on my way to Bagram Air Base. Needless to say, I did this, a day after I was supposed to. Why do you ask? Well, it appears that helicopters don’t fly in snow. Who knew? Previously I flew back and forth and thought nothing of it. It was just a few flakes, we surely can travel about a half hour… no problem, right? Wrong. Battle rattle (armor that weighed about 30 pounds with helmet) and a big ole bag packed and ready to roll. After dragging all the gear for about 4 blocks (which is a lot when you have a lot of crap), we find out that we are so not going anywhere that day. The thing was I had to make it to Bagram to get on a pre-planned government flight out that took us to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. From there I would fly stateside which was about a 15-hour trip to Denver with a stop in Washington DC. Needless to say, it’s never a fun experience. The fun all starts once you hit the hotel. I was certainly a long long way from that step.
I’ll keep this short and sweet for the moment, but check back a little later, the story will continue!
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