We are here! It’s great to be back in Ontario, right in time for Swine Flu! The trip home was long and we’re glad it’s over. Flying with three children is quite the ordeal. It will be a long, very long, time before we travel by plane again.
The two highlights of our trip, well I’d probably call them low points was the teeny tiny airplane that arrived in Tuk to fly us to Inuvik. We (the detachment) had to charter a plane so we could get to Inuvik on time. The regular airline canceled their flights on us and so we wouldn’t be able to make the rest of our flights. The plane that showed up was a 4 passenger cessna! Technically it had 6 seats, but the pilot is in one and if there had been a co pilot he would have been in the other. Ian and Isabelle were the co pilots for the trip, then it was myself and Lorrie and behind us were the twins in their car seats. Here is the list of everything else that had to fit into this teeny tiny plane:
1 extra large pink polka dotted suitcase
1 large suitcase
1 large duffle bag
2 infant car seat bases
1 forward facing car seat
1 diaper bag
2 carry on sized bags
1 action packer, if you are a northerner you know what this is. If not, think Rubbermaid container but 100 times more durable and lockable.
2 dogs, in in extra large kennel and one in avg size kennel***
*** the dogs did not make the trip as the plane was obviously too small and too full!!
We made it to Inuvik, I was surprised we made it off the runway!!
The next low point was in Calgary. Please keep in mind that we had flown with the twins in their carseats and Isabelle on our lap from Inuvik to YK, YK to Edmonton, Edmonton to Calgary.
We show up at the Calgary airport with hours to spare since we were carting around all this luggage and kids. We checked in no problem. Had some lunch and then made our way though security. Then the time came to preboard. And this is where the problem came. They had hauled out the rule book and it said that we were not allowed to travel because there would be one parent with two kids and that’s not allowed. I kept explaining to them that the twins were in car seats and only Isabelle needed to be held. This is why we bought 5 seats for every plane we had to be on. According to them they said it’s still against the rules. So they asked us to step aside and wait for everyone else to board since there was a WestJet guy coming to talk to us.
So the guy arrived and explained that we shouldn’t have been able to fly at all. According to Transport Canada there has to be an adult for every child under the age of 2. So luckily we got to adopt a WestJet employee who was on her way to London also. If she hadn’t been willing to be “responsible” for a kid then we wouldn’t have been able to fly. If that was the case I would have lost my mind!!
Any ways, we are here and I’m happy, Ian’s happy, Isabelle is happy and so are th twins. Well I’m on my way out for a bit, I love being able to get out again!!