Today, it finally hit us that the vacation was rapidly coming to a close and it was back to the sameness of everyday life. Always tough to take, but we have so many fine memories (and photos and videos, of course) from this trip to remind us of the fun we had, we are sure to keep smiling for a while longer. Up at 6:30 AM, October 20 started off grey and cloudy, with dulling fall colours in Bear Island.
Out the door and on the road by 8, as Linda and Lloyd drove us to the airport. Hugs, tears, waves through the window, etc. and we were soon checked in and eating a quick breakfast at Freddy’s Bistro (sounds pretty fine, does it not). Not so, as it was, as they say, the only game in town at this airport. Breakfast consisted of bad coffee and a not so bad bacon, egg and cheese English muffin breakfast sandwich. Through security into the departure lounge (gate 3). There are only 6 numbered gates here and I think really only 3 doors out to the ramp. Boarding is from the ground onto turboprop planes. It kind of reminded me of Medicine Hat or Grande Prairie airports.
Our flight to Montreal left 10 minutes early and we quickly climbed up above the fading colours of Fredericton as we enjoyed the fine Air Canada complimentary in-flight food and beverage service.
We were soon in Montreal, thinking we would enjoy some quiet time in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge one last time before my Aeroplan status expires. Alas, that was not to be. They were only open during the morning and afternoon business commutes. Perhaps they were simply trying to get me used to being a nobody. We wandered through the airport shops and found a place selling everything maple, including the illusive Maple flakes we had in our Magog B & B. Then, off to Archibald’s Microbrasserie (Brewpub) for lunch. Patty had a salad, while Allan went for the burger, fries and a brew. Best food we would eat all day, as it turned out.
Off to the boarding lounge, where our plane to Toronto was already parked, onto the plane and we even pushed back early. Then, came the announcement we had been dreading. Toronto inbound traffic was heavier than usual, so we would have to hold on the ramp for 15 minutes or circle endlessly around Toronto. This was a tight 1 hour connection and we were worried we may not make our final flight to Edmonton.
Landing in Toronto with 15 minutes to spare before boarding, we rushed off the plane and down the length of the terminal to our new gate. Ten minutes later, boarding was called and we were settled and finally able to relax.
Up, up and away on time,we had no time to pick up food from the airport vendors, so perused the Onboard Cafe menu to see what delights awaited us. Yummmm, cold wraps, cashews and sparkling lemonade. Looks like our dining has come down a notch.
We landed at Edmonton on time and caught a taxi ride back home. To bed early and boy, that familiar bed felt so good.
Awake at 8:15 AM New Brunswick time (5:15 AM Alberta), we decided we might as well start our day. Unpack, put away, throw out 3/4 of the mail (donation receipts and flyers), simple breakfast with Allan’s lattes. Life was good. The sun came up and showed bare tree branches, but, the leaves are still here. All I have to do is rake them.
No rest for the wicked, we had booked a lunch date with my former co-worker Howard, so determined to banish the taste of airline food, it was off to Vi’s for Pies, as it is all about the pies, don’t you know. Tonight, Allan is going to an Oilers’ game with former work acquaintances. So much yard work left to do, but, tomorrow will be another day. Next year will be a busy one, full of weddings, so as the caption says, it is good to be Back to the Future….(without the Delorean, of course).
November 7 will be the 1 year anniversary of my retirement from TD and that will likely be my final post on this blog site, as it is almost at capacity. I may or may not start another blog in the ensuing months and will be sure to post the new URL on this site when I do, for those who wish to follow. Thank you for reading. Cheers to you all.