Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Home!

Arriving at the ANC airport at 10 this morning, we found our gate at Pen Air overflowing with people awaiting several flights to Unalaska.   Yes, it's that time of year when the processors are bringing in lots of workers.   There were no empty seats and people sitting all over the floor (and what is it with those who ignore all of the crowds and go to sleep across three seats or pile all of their belongings where someone could be sitting?!)   We were on weather hold till 2:30 and were beginning to make plans in our heads for staying overnight.   Two planes left while ours was still on weather hold, which made no sense whatsoever!   Eventually our flight was announced ready for boarding and off we went, with a very bumpy ascension over the Anchorage area, soon leveling out and the rest of the ride was smooth sailing (so to speak).   After a stop at King Salmon for fuel, we came into foggy skies around Unalaska and an admonition from the co-pilot that we would try to land when we had our chance but if it didn't work, we would be going back to Anchorage.   You know how disheartening that possibility is when you have already spent 3 hours and 20 minutes in the air and you realize that there's a chance it's all for naught and you might have to spend 3 more hours in the same plane only to return to the big city for the night!   I was scared to even look out the window because it was hard to tell where we were and I was hoping the pilot could see well enough to make good decisions!   But no worries, he put the plane right down and we were  home.

The kitties were happy to see us and didn't even run and hide from us as they tend to do when we have been gone for weeks on end.   We had dinner at Amelia's and stopped by the hotel to pick up our big box of mail.   I am enjoying reading through the Christmas cards that came while we were out, and I did get a nice invitation to the Presidential Inauguration--too bad I can't go but I'll add it to my other election year keepsakes for the kids and grandkids to have someday.  :)

Back to the routine tomorrow.   Another great vacation done.

5 comments:

Sarah Durham said...

So glad you made it home safely!

Suzassippi said...

Welcome home! I am right behind you--I will pack today and leave in the morning--yeah!

Bubbe said...

Ditto Sarah's sentiments. I didn't get an invitation to the inauguration, but it seems that everyone else who donated to the campaign did. Guess that's what I get for being an "anonymous donor." Oh well- couldn't have gone anyway, so it's ok.

Betty said...

All of my friends were shocked that I got an invitation - I mean, how could she? :) Glad to hear you made it back okay. I remember how the DH gate was when I came to your place. It was chaos then as well. It's always fun to look over mail and holidays cards. I look forward to it as well.

Betty said...

Oh, Rider is having computer problems. That's why he hasn't been on.