Thursday, February 18, 2010

You Can't Get There From Here

Yesterday was interesting, to say the least. We were up at 03:30 hrs as Don's plane was booked out of Halifax early in the morning. A look out the window revealed the horror of a blizzard, in full swing. There was close to a foot of snow on the ground and it was still coming down heavy. A check of the flight schedules told us that all flights out of here were either cancelled or delayed. For hours, we watched as his flight kept getting bumped back later and later in the morning. Several hours later it was apparent that we wouldn't get the car out of the driveway, so I had to call my plow man. Explaining that we were ready to bolt for the airport, as soon as his flight time was confirmed, the plow was here within the hour and took care of that problem. Finally, we left for the airport, and Don was able to get off the ground at 13:30hrs. 

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. 


Sea People said...

OMG Lynn...the stress, you know we are here for you anytime..come visit ..when you can take it no longer. ...
you hang in and become indepentant again..time will fly..
Hugs D

Lynn Sponagle said...

Thank you so much Deb. He's there now .. it wasn't fun and his plan to just hang out in the airport in Whitehorse for 6 hrs was quashed by the fact that they close it down overnight. He found a Tim Horton's. I haven't spoken to him since he arrived at Eagle Plains. I imagine he crashed as soon as he got there. I'm feeling a bit more relaxed about it now.