The travel gods were looking out for me today! It’s July 3 and hurricane Arthur is making its way up the east coast to Boston. The city has decided to have the fireworks and concert on the esplanade a day early because of the impending weather and the news anchors are all talking about closed roads and rush hour traffic colliding. I decide to leave much earlier to catch the Logan Express bus to the airport. Of course the traffic was amazingly light, I arrived in record time and got to the Air Canada desk way too early! Fortunately the lovely young Air Canada person at the desk suggested I try standby for the earlier flight. Everything falls into place and I end up taking the 3:05 rather than the 5:05. Everything goes swimmingly and the next thing I know I’m sipping Sauvignon Blanc in a Toronto airport bar reading a text from AC telling me my flight from Boston to Toronto has been delayed – it’s 6:15 and it hasn’t left yet. The new arrival time is just before 8 – not too good when my flight to Victoria leaves at 8:10. I dodged that bullet nicely.
The flight to Victoria is full but I have a window seat at the front and I’m admiring the skyline of Toronto as the setting sun reflects off the buildings, quite lovely.
Let’s talk about airports for a minute. Toronto airport is quite big and has a fairly complicated layout but what I noticed was a plethora of helpers. Nice uniformed men and women who point you in the right direction. I’m not sure whether it was because I looked lost or if they point everyone in the right direction, in any case it was very helpful. Airports are stressful enough without worrying about how to get from A to B. Just sayin……
My Air Canada flight is smooth with good media. Our flight path puts us in an arc going north west over the Great Lakes,Thunder Bay,Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, then over the Rockies. The Great Lakes are huge buy there are some pretty impressive lakes around Thunder Bay as well. As a matter of fact I don’t see much land, the lakes all seem to flow into one another. Note to self: brush up on your Canadian geography!
It’s 9:15 and still not completely dark as we’re flying over the Rockies, it’s light enough to see the snow capped mountains, but dark enough to clearly see the lights of small towns. Little blotches of light in the valleys.
As we fly over Vancouver I can see the single peak of Mount Baker in Washington jutting out through the cloud cover. It reminds me how close Vancouver and Seattle are geographically.
Our landing at Victoria airport is smooth and literally before I know it I’m through the airport and see my sister Marilyn and niece Liv waiting for me. The airport in Victoria can only be described as “cute”. New, tiny, clean, and welcoming – tiny is the optimal word. Five steps outside the airport is Marilyn’s car and 25 minutes of lovely smooth roads we’re at our destination for the night. Yeah, I’m tired. Night john boy…..