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d2mini
06/03/2016, 06:41 AM
So a lot of people are curious about the whole process of ordering rock from TBS.
Here's a quick explanation with pics! :D

After you place your order and Richard drops it off at the airport, you'll get your flight info which you can track online in real time.

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We had a crazy flight path this time with the storms heading through our area!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-xKJnDZn/0/O/i-xKJnDZn.png

Then when the time comes, head to your airport!
But don't freak out... you don't go to the actual airport, you go to the Southwest Cargo/Freight office.
Just drive right up and park by the loading area. Nice and quiet, no actual "airport" stuff to deal with.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-K3Fb2KG/0/O/i-K3Fb2KG.jpg


There will probably be a few other cars/trucks/vans picking up.
You might even see your LFS there! (no such luck today)
And the guys/gals working the desk are always super nice.
I had already checked in with them and now just waiting for them to find my boxes and bring them out.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-W7wGD45/0/O/i-W7wGD45.jpg


Snacks are available!
Sofia wasn't too thrilled with the peanuts.
She's more of an almond or cashew kind of girl.

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Pretzels on the other hand.... score!

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Then one of the happy SW employees bring out your boxes and you get to load them into your car.
6 boxes for us today! This is Part 1 of "The Package". All the sand and the first batch of rock.
Sofia is ready to take the goodies home!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-zd26MVv/0/O/i-zd26MVv.jpg


Here she is a few years ago picking up another shipment.

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Once home, look for the box that says "Open Me First".
This will be your sand (or part of your sand) and the instructions. Read carefully.
And here is a box of rock opened up. Box, then styrofoam cooler, then lots of heavy plastic bags, and inside... reef gold!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-nqLLG6V/0/O/i-nqLLG6V.jpg

CuzzA
06/03/2016, 09:41 PM
Dennis, sucks your flights got cancelled. I was looking forward to meeting and diving with you. But hey, real live rock is just a few hour flight away, can't beat that.

d2mini
06/05/2016, 07:21 AM
Dennis, sucks your flights got cancelled. I was looking forward to meeting and diving with you. But hey, real live rock is just a few hour flight away, can't beat that.

I know! Bummer!
I'll have to come down another time.