There is a lot of snow here, and a lot more skidoos on the go now. The lake is completely frozen, and I just watched a skidoo with a sled behind it go across the lake in front of my house. Rob and I are insanely jealous, as now we both want a skidoo. The skidoos in front of my house have doubled from 3 to 6, and the keys are now here. Sounds like a test drive to me!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Back home in the snow
So we're home and finally all unpacked. Joey was a dream to travel with, and everyone was amazed how well he did. The trip did not start out smoothly, and due to a stupid change in Air Canada's baggage requirements I nearly ended up being charged 375.00 for additional luggage. When we flew down, we brought the stroller car seat for Joey as they are not considered luggage with West Jet and First Air. I stupidly assumed it would be the same for all airlines, since you need a carseat for a baby to travel. The agent at Air Canada told me these rules "had changed months ago", and the carseat and stroller were now considered baggage. This put me at 4 pieces of luggage, whereas when travelling you are only allowed 2 plus a carry on. And to make matters even worse, we were always able to keep the stroller until we boarded and check it at the gate. Because I had a jogging stroller and not an umbrella stroller, I had to check it in with the luggage. This means I had to CARRY Joey throughout the entire aiport, along with my carry on packpack. Needless to say I was PISSED and I'm sure the entire airport heard me ranting and raving about it. I flew with Air Canada from Halifax to Toronto, and then Toronto to Edmonton. We were 1/2 hour early in Toronto, so I carried him for an hour in the airport until we boarded again. We had a 4 hour layover in Edmonton, where I met up with my Aunt Linda. She was a dream to have there, as I had to collect all my luggage and then check it in again with First Air. By the time I boarded the plane to come to Yellowknife, it was 8:30 Edmonton time, or 11:30 PM Halifax time, which is what our internal clocks were running on. Poor Joey ended up falling asleep on my shoulder 30 minutes before we boarded. The staff at First Air were the only people in my entire day of travelling that offered me any assistance at all. The girl who was working the gate carried my packpack right on the plane for me and stowed in the overhead bin, and the pilot carried it off for me, as in the Yellowknife Airport you are not bridged to the terminal but have to get off the plane and walk inside. I have never been so happy to get off a plane as I was when we landed in Yellowknife.