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Trip Start Apr 19, 2014
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Trip End May 19, 2014


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

After a great Easter gathering last night at the Stevenson house in Athabasca, we said our goodbyes and hit the highway at around 9:00. Ace again gave us the sad look as we got in the car and started driving off without him but we know he is going to enjoy his month at the farm chasing the squirrels and deer. A huge thank you once again to Faye and Greg for taking care of Little Buddy. Gina's brother Kristin was up for Easter and left just ahead of us as our pace car. He kept us well informed of upcoming speed traps on the highway even though Gina was behaving herself behind the wheel. We made a quick stop at Futureshop in St. Albert so Gina could buy a new memory card for her camera then it was off to the airport. By not booking any flights until the afternoon, we made it in plenty of time and it was nice to not feel rushed. Saturday morning traffic also helped. After completing all of the formalities and crossing over to the 'mercan side it was time for some lunch before our first flight to Chicago. We ate at Wings in the terminal and although the menu looked exciting the food was disappointing. Good to know for next time we are flying to the States from YEG.

Our flight to Chicago was pretty standard. Being a regional jet there was no seat-back entertainment so we kept ourselves entertained by playing crib on Gina's iPad, reading and sleeping (made very entertaining by the malaria dreams I've been having since I started taking the pills two weeks ago...). We had two hours in Chicago before our connection to Washington DC. Our first stop was at Garrett to buy some Chicago style popcorn as a snack on our next flight. We were introduced to Garrett last year by chance while in Singapore and were very excited to see one in the airport as we were transferring between terminals. Chicago style popcorn is a mix of caramel and cheese corn so you get salty and sweet and no one does it better than Garrett. After finally getting to our gate across the rainbow pedway we hit a sandwich shop near our gate for some pretty spectacular deli sandwiches. Gina had corned beef and I had a Cuban. They made all their own meat and cut it right in front of you. Satisfied we killed some more time walking around O'Hare (which isn't that exciting).

On our flight to Washington was another short one on a regional jet so much of the same to keep ourselves entertained. It was kind of weird that the same couple who sat across from us on the flight from Edmonton to Chicago was sitting across from us to Washington. I haven't asked where their final destination is but it would be funny if they showed up tomorrow morning. We spend tonight at the Marriott at Washington Dulles. Our big bags are checked through to Guatemala so we won't see those until tomorrow. It's probably a good thing since we get to skip the check in lines in the morning. We fly out at 9:00 so it's not that bad at all.
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