Day 1 - Goodbye to the girls, baby, and Dan ... what a mess up in Vancouver but I made it to Hawaii!
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Prepping my blogs ... Today I'm leaving for my vacation, a trip I'm so looking forward to. To think, I was skiing at the Calgary Olympic Park with my 10 yr old and her class on February 3rd/10’ and flying out to Hawaii on February 4th/10’; I was on the ‘high’ on the hills but thinking of Hawaii!!!
In staying at home and raising our ‘surprise’ newborn (love him), I desire a ‘little’ break to rejuvenate. I’ll return back on Tuesday February 8th/10’ full of energy & vigor for my family. The flight to Vancouver was great and as usual I took many photos of the majestic Canadian Rockies, but what was to come when I arrived would scare and frustrate me. As I would say all h... broke lose when I arrived in Vancouver and I wasn't pleased!!!
Firstly, I met up with a nice couple who included me and would look over their shoulder to see if I was coming their way ... A retired couple from Winnipeg, Manitoba who regularly visits Honolulu ... they being so nice I sat and chatted with them
Funny when I arrived and I got through security no problem, but the couple I met in Calgary well there luggage hadn’t come through and now they were impatiently and nervously waiting. We were all headed for Honolulu; I decided to sit with them and see if they got their luggage and we’d all move on together, but that wouldn’t be the case. Time was quickly passing, a half hour was almost hitting an hour so said my good-byes, unknowingly leaving my purse with them on the bench where they continued to wait...
I walk into the many boutiques and took about a half hour perusing a perfume boutique, a ‘flaw’ my hubby Dancr would agree with ... thinking to myself, “should I buy this one or perhaps that one; oh wait, maybe I should look at the cologne for Dan, a great excuse to buy something. It’s so hard to resist ... ok I’ll get my purse ... WHAT ... WHERE IS IT ... Ok, I’m through US security but how will I get home, I need it, and sure I’ll get to Aloha_Keith but with absolutely no funds, OMG, I do have my passport, OK deep breath ............. my flight leaves in a half hour!!!!!!!!!”
I quickly found security who brought me back through security and to the bench where the couple was waiting for their luggage and like me headed to Honolulu ... it’s the only place I could have left it and happily I smile as there it was, with everything in it. The couple was still there thinking of their own problems with my purse just nestled on the bench FEWWWWWWW ... but the next problem, will I make my flight, heart attack, thought I was going to miss the 5:55pm flight only to find out about the lengthy delay ...
I'm still sitting at the Vancouver airport and it's now 8:42pm ... the WestJet flight is now scheduled to leave at 8:30pm, there goes my TB pre-meet-up tonight L ... Dan has constantly kept Aloha_Keith as to the situation ... to think I could of met my TB friends and now I just sit, write, and upload photos from my flight today from Calgary to Vancouver ... the peaks of the mountains were magnificent as usual ...
Wow, WestJet gave me a $10 meal voucher and with it bought 2 apple juice, doughnut, pop, bagel, ice-cap ... don't need to eat from Aloha_Keith's fridge tomorrow morning, I'm bringing breakfast on behalf of WestJet ...
The flight was listed to leave @ 5:55pm, then 8:30pm, now 9:15pm; supposedly the new Wes Jet airline replacing the other one with maintenance issues has to go through a thorough security check, when will this end! Then staff announce, “should leave Vancouver by 9:30..” and now at 8:50pm he is claiming that we may board earlier than he predicted ... I'll believe it when I see it ...
I can't wait to board, hopefully Aloha_Keith is there and not having sweet dreams in his warm cozy bed!
Dan wish you were at the Vancouver Airport so I could rest my head on your shoulder ...
Well it was finally 9:35pm Vancouver time when we lifted off. I sat back, watched Rush Hour on my Blackberry, and continuously looked at the monitor to see where we were ...The plane wasn’t flying quick enough for me, I wanted to make up time LOL, and so it felt very very slow. Yippy, we landed, the flight finally I touched down just past 2:40am, yes 2:40am
Keith did come, he was there Lei and all, we hugged each other and I looked and looked for my luggage ... it must of went around a couple of times but I didn't recognize it, finally Keith and I flipped over all grey suitcases and there it was ... we jumped into his car. He told me how he wishes he resisted chatting to another man from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada ... A nice guy, he adds but he supposedly kept talking and talking and talking and Keith couldn't get away ... I'm sure in his mind he was saying "Roselle arrive so I'll have a true excuse to excuse myself from his 'chatter'"
Can't wait for tomorrow but Aloha told to be up and ready for 8:30am, I finally got to bed at 4:00am ... I forced myself out of bed at 7:50am and was ready before 8:30am excited for what was to come!!!