First, I should mention a few things about our trip home. One of the great uncertainties of the North is the reliability of the airlines. Weather and mechanical issues can ruin the best-laid travel plans, and both issues are far more common here than anywhere else I've been. As such, we decided to build an extra day into our travel home; we figured that if we did make it out on time, the cost to switch our flight to the same day would still be cheaper than a hotel in Winnipeg.
|All ready for our first family vacation!|
Turns out that was a wise decision - our Baker Lake flight was delayed almost two hours because of a battery issue. An hour into our unexpectedly lengthy stay at the airport, I began to get anxious, because our connecting flight in Rankin Inlet was a jet, and I was worried we would miss the connection. As little as there is in Baker Lake, I can assure you, I will take Baker 11 times out of 10 over Rankin. Fortunately, we had some passengers travelling for medical reasons, so the jet waited for us. We literally hopped off the first plane and onto the jet, and we were off to Winnipeg.
|Please don't make us miss our flight!|
I should mention here that people had told me First Air's jet is a better ride than Calm Air's. I wasn't convinced, until I flew in it. Bigger, roomier, faster, quieter, and much better food. The free-flowing complimentary wine was icing on the proverbial cake.
Again, it was a good thing we had planned for an extra day...and by we, I of course mean Lily. The division of labour for our trip was as follows: Lily did all the planning, booking, organizing, and arranging. I, in turn, carried the heavier luggage. The delay in Baker Lake cost us a chance at a same-day connecting flight - we missed it by half an hour. After talking to a very helpful Westjet agent, we found ourselves in a pet-friendly hotel called the Mainstay Suites, and I would use them again in a heartbeat (we did exactly that on the return leg).
|The standard room comes with a full kitchen off to the side|
|First vacation beer always tastes best!|
Oh jeez, all this and I haven't even talked about our cruise! Next edition will be all about our adventures on the high seas with the cast of Disney to celebrate our first anniversary. Stay tuned....