[Because the Philippines is half a day ahead of the US, we left the Philippines on Sunday, July 4, and arrived back in Minneapolis over 24 hours later on the same Sunday, July 4. I will split the return trip into two blog posts.]
This morning, we left the Philippines. Dad had stayed up most of the night packing our stuff. All we had left to pack when we woke up were some shells that we had collected from the ocean beaches in Sta. Maria. However, at breakfast, Uncle James told us that there were some shells that we should not take with us.
He said that if the U.S. Customs found us bringing in certain shells, we could be fined $5000 for bringing back endangered sealife. We washed all the shells and coral, but we had to leave the largest and the nicest ones.
We also took pictures of the house and of everyone who lives at Uncle James’ house. After all that, it was finally time to leave. We arrived at about 10:30am (9:30pm, Saturday, CST), only to find out that our flight had been delayed two hours and thirty-five minutes due to an airplane rotation.