Trip Start Sep 15, 2010
39Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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Once at the airport, we looked into changing our flight so we could fly direct to Toronto. Tim was concerned that we wouldn't have time to make our connection because we had to go through customs and immigration. It turned out that this would have been too expensive. However, the ticket clerk assured us that getting through immigration would be no problem because there is automated passport control in Vancouver. Wow.
Adjourned to the First Class Lounge (shared with United Airlines) for good coffee and a nice breakfast. This was the only lounge we encountered which didn't have wifi or computers so we were not able to do any work on the blog.
Security at an American airport is... interesting. We thought that since we were flying on a Canadian airline we would not have to shed our shoes and socks, but I guess flying out of an American airport trumps a Canadian airline. Even Claire's plan of wearing sandals didn't work, as she was made to take them off too.
An uneventful flight to Vancouver. We had to take our luggage off, but there was in fact automated passport control, which was quick and painless. Toronto airport could definitely take some lessons. We had no problem making our connection.
Another uneventful flight to Toronto. Once there, we certainly felt let down. Since there is no first class on the Toronto-North Bay flight, we had several hours to kill sitting on ordinary airport chairs.
Landing in North Bay, we were dismayed to see snow on the ground. Since we were on the last flight in, we were glad that Tim had had the foresight to arrange for a taxi before we left, as it was close to midnight.
On finally reaching home, we were greeted enthustically by Noma the cat. She made a fuss over us until Tim turned on the heat, then the hot-air register got all her loving attention.
This has been a fabulous trip. It is hard to believe, after almost a year of planning, that it is over.
Can't wait for the next excellent adventure.