Thursday, February 18, 2010
You Can't Get There From Here
The next problem was that he would miss all his connecting flights so I got on the internet and started trying to work that out. Guess what? You really can't get there from here. The problem lies on the leg between Whitehorse and Dawson. Air North only flies in there three times a week. Don is in the air headed for Calgary, and I can't get hold of him, so rather than make matters worse, I phoned the destination in the Yukon and explained what had happened. She said she would try to make the changes from her end. She called me back awhile later, about the same time the new flight tickets came in by email. Don will have to stay in Edmonton for two nights and catch the Air North flight to Whitehorse on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, he's stuck there for the weekend, as nothing goes to Dawson until Monday. I wasn't looking forward to telling him that, but I thought he'd call me when he landed in Edmonton last night. He didn't call, so I can only assume he called Eagle Plains instead and already knows. Or, he might have checked with Air North and got his new tickets. Or, he might have been so tired, he just got a room and I'll hear from him today. Or not ... who knows? As far as I know at this point, he's still in Edmonton with another whole day to kill. I'll keep you posted when I find him.
It's a couple hours later now, and I just had a call from Don. He's spent the night in Edmonton and has found a flight with Air Canada to Vancouver, where he can connect to another flight to Whitehorse. That will put him in the right spot to catch the Air North connection to Dawson tomorrow morning. From there, he just has to wait for a ride 400 kilometers to Eagle Plains. It's been a stressful struggle to get there, but I think it's going to work out after all. It's been expensive though ... as the flight to Vancouver fell on us, but hopefully, he will get that back.