I know it's been over a week since my last post, but I have a good excuse for my blogging lapse. Last Thursday Rebekah came home for a visit. Well, technically she didn't get her until Friday, but I'll get to that part in a minute.
She had booked a flight into Bellingham and wasn't due in until the evening. I have a good friend that lives in Bellingham during the summer (she and her husband teach in Shanghai during the school year), so I decided to make the most of my trip down to the US and spent the day visiting with her and her mom. It was great to reconnect, and to know that now that I live in Cultus Lake we are almost neighbours once again! Here are Kelly and her mom in front of the yarn store in Bellingham. The store was easy to spot due to the yarn bombed tree right outside the front door.
I got to the airport at 9:45 PM, which was two minutes before Rebekah's flight was due in. By the time I parked and got into the terminal the arrival board said the plane had arrived. But then a few minutes later it switched from "arrived" to "at gate." That seemed odd. Then a few minutes later a guy standing by me got a text from his wife saying that yes, they were at the gate. Unfortunately it was the gate in San Francisco. They hadn't even left yet!
I couldn't believe it. Even if the flight had been on time it meant Rebekah and I weren't going to be home until around midnight, and I am not a night person. As I did the mental math things looked rather grim. It was an hour and forty-five minute flight, and the guy's wife said they weren't due to leave for another twenty minutes. I tried texting Rebekah, but it wouldn't go through. I ended up having to phone Rebekah (long distance, and on an American cell phone provider).
The short version of this sorry tale is that three delays, four very expensive phone calls, and a plane change later I finally got a call from her saying they were actually taking off. The time? Midnight. That meant her plane would get in around 2:00 in the morning, and put us home somewhere around 4:00 AM. I wanted to weep. I really did. I put the seat back in my vehicle, found an old towel I use when kayaking, rolled it up to use as a pillow, pulled my jacket over the top of me and took the half knit sweater I'm working on out of my knitting bag and put over my bare legs in an effort to stay warm.
When Rebekah finally arrived we stood around for about ten minutes, comparing notes about the horrors of the evening. She finally looked at me and asked if we were going to go. I said I thought we were waiting for her luggage. Wrong. It turns out all she had was her carry on bag. I was waiting around for a non-existent bag. At 2:00 in the morning. Somehow that wasted ten minutes seemed almost as bad as the four hour delay.
The drive home is sort of a blur. I remember telling her she couldn't stop talking to me. All would be lost if she did. I also remember how eerie it was. There were no other vehicles on the road, and there were no lights on in people's homes. My advice to anyone considering flying Allegiant Air would be this. DON'T. I'm sure glad it's Rebekah who is going back down to Bellingham Friday to pick up Anton, who is coming in on the same flight.
It took us both a day or so to recover, but once we caught up on our sleep we've been having a great time. Alexandra came down and we went out to pick some blueberries.
The girls went over to Victoria on the weekend and delivered the berries to a very happy recipient.
Lucy just celebrated her first birthday. Here she is with her birthday ball. I love the pink sun bonnet!
Rebekah and I have been hiking. We spotted this Indian Pipe at the side of the trail.
We've also been kayaking and had a couple of swims in the lake. Last time we took Fergus with us and it turns out he loves swimming! I'll try to get some pictures next time we go. There's also been some time just taking it easy.
We are in the middle of another heat wave, so have been cooling off with frozen limeade drinks on the front porch.
Kellen and Anita are coming out Saturday, and we have plans for a hike and some more berry picking. The big question is whether or not Anton will be here to join us. After reading some of the reviews for Allegiant Air I must admit I have my doubts.