So we left PEI
and got in to Toronto for an
overnight stay before moving on to Winnipeg. In Winnipeg
we stayed overnight and were reunited with Toby the next morning. I was so
happy to see the little bugger and he seemed equally happy to see us. We all hopped on the plane and headed
north. When we arrived in Churchill they
told us the weather was too bad to go any further and they were canceling the
flight. We also found out that our
neighbour’s epileptic dog was still stuck there but one of the guys seemed to
know him. The same guy helped us get a
hotel room and even drove us over… just as we got there the airport called us
back and said they were going anyway. We
pulled in to the airport and the pilots were not happy. When one of said “So we’re going to try
afterall?” the response was “Well, I guess we don’t have a say in it either
way.” Yikes! That should have been our first sign of
trouble... So BOTH dogs got loaded on the
plane and we were off. When we got to
our town there was so much fog and cloud cover that there was no way we were
landing… and the next community was even worse!
So we were headed straight to a community called Baker Lake
and that’s where we landed. The one
catch here was that we’d had to go without the luggage… So here we are, now
with two dogs and no luggage in a strange community. Thankfully Brody knew a teacher who was still
in town for the summer and she set us up in another teacher’s house who was
still on vacation. We tried to settle in
but it proved difficult as our neighbour’s dog wouldn’t stop crying and
barking, not knowing what was going on, and seeing more and more fog rolling
in. The flight the next morning got out
but we weren’t able to get on it as the medical patients had priority. That was Friday morning. No planes were able to land until Saturday
Saturday we headed to the store to get some more food
(enough for a few days in case we were stuck on Sunday too) and on our way out
some of the people outside stopped us and told us they’d heard gunshots and to
A few minutes later a woman came
around the corner screaming hysterically, “He has a rifle!
Someone get my kids!!
I was petrified, not knowing how far the shooter was or whether the kids
were dead or in danger… we all headed back into the store and the woman was
carried in, still screaming.
A couple of
guys went and got the kids and the manager locked up the store and called the
Eventually the guy who was shooting
(apparently the woman’s son) was stopped by his father and grand-father and
I was still in shock… being
stranded already and now this was pushing me very close to the edge.
I ended up lying down on the couch and
relaxing for a good while before doing anything else that day.
The next day the airline told us that they were going to fly
the plane out to Rankin Inlet and then turn it around to come back for us.
I was not hopeful as the weather was pretty
We got to the airport nice and
early with both dogs and hoped for the best.
The plane took off and I was afraid it wouldn’t be able to get back
Two and a half hours later we heard
it coming… it flew right over us.
Then, miraculously about
fifteen minutes later the plane landed.
I was so happy to see the damned thing that I almost burst into
We all got on, including the two
dogs and headed towards home… the weather was not looking hopeful.
Ranking Inlet was really bad but Captain
Mackenzie landed us and we picked up a couple more people who were hoping to
get into our town.
We took off despite a
disheartening weather report and headed for home.
The cloud cover looked really thick and my
stomach was in knots the whole time but after seeing that landing in Rankin I
had a whole lot of faith in our Captain.
As we neared home the clouds began to break up… For the first time I was
able to see land beneath us and my hopes soared.
I hoped with all my might that it would be
clear over our town.
I was in luck!
We finally landed and a whole plane full of
people (and two dogs) were elated to finally be home.
I must say that I think we were meant to be on that plane to
because of our neighbour’s dog.
If we had opted to stay in the hotel, the dog
would have been flying alone with no one to care for it in Baker.
His owner told us that we seriously saved the
It’s just another one of
those things that makes me believe that things, as upsetting and inconvenient
as they may be, happen for a reason.
On the homefront…our postmaster told us today that the high
speed is finally available in our community!
The bad news is that the guy who’s setting it all up is gone until
That’s not too bad but I’m just
hoping that he’s still got some modems left!
One thing is for sure… this vacation has ruined my weight
Okay, so my lack of
self-control for yummy foods that I can’t get up here has ruined my weight loss
However I did pick up some
“exercise” videos, Carmen Electra style, which I hear are actually pretty
I was thinking I might be able to
kill two birds with one stone: lose weight and increase my “confidence”.