August 16, 2015
Dear loyal readers,
Yesterday we completed took one plane from Toronto to Edmonton, then from Edmonton we took a second plane to Vancouver. There we had a two hour layover, so in that time I got to visit in the airport with a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in twenty-five years, and finally meet his sweet family. It was a nice break in an otherwise long day. To complete our journey, we met up with my parents and took a final flight from Vancouver to Comox and at last, a ferry to Powell River. The sky was dark and cloudy and at one point we even saw lightning off in the distance. All of this made for very big waves, which were really cool. Until you tried to walk on the deck back to the enclosed cabin because the wind was so cold. I didn’t last more than a few seconds inside while I scrambled to get my hoodie and sea bands. For the rest of the trip I leaned into the wind, anxious for it to be over and my seasickness to abate. Still, it was an exciting trip, knowing we would be seeing loved ones who were waiting for us at the docks on the other end.
Today we awoke to beautiful, sunny weather. The complete opposite of yesterday’s foggy, drizzly weather. So far, even though we’ve only been here two full days, it’s been a wonderful experience with my amazing BC family. All the cousins have connected, even though they only met for the first time this weekend, and with my cousins, aunts and uncles, it feels like we’ve never been apart. No one has changed all that much in fifteen years. This morning after a quick shower I joined them all for breakfast and then we went to the church where I was baptized when I was twelve. After a nice service, we had lunch and then decided the weather was perfect for a trip to Loon Lake. So, we all got on swimsuits and drove about an hour up the mountain for a wonderful afternoon of swimming and visiting. We all played around in the water on pool noodles one of my cousins picked up for the kids and my daughter caught a few minnows with a butterfly net.
Now we are home and it’s almost time for dinner, but first I wanted to tell you about our baggage adventure which started on Friday. My brother’s checked suitcase and my daughter’s checked booster seat left Toronto the same day we did, but instead of going on a plane bound for Edmonton, they were put on a plane bound for Grand Prairie, Alberta. After the error was discovered, the baggage was re-routed to Calgary, Alberta. After Calgary it traveled to Comox but when it arrived in Comox, it was too late for the final plane to Powell River and the airline didn’t want to put it on a ferry where it might or might not be picked up. They wanted to get it to us at the Powell River Airport. Finally, after two days of craziness on the part of the airline, the baggage arrived in Powell River. If the suitcase and booster seat could talk, what stories they would tell. Well, it’s almost dinner time so I should go upstairs and be sociable. Until later.