Thursday, October 18, 2012


Our morning began at 4:00 am. Time to get up and get ready to be at the airport by 5 for our 6 am West Jet flight to Grande Prairie. Perry and I were pumped. Mom and Dad Thomas drove us thru the dark empty streets to our departure gate. Hugs and goodbyes; we were on our way. The 50 minute flight to Calgary was uneventful and quick. Making the best of a 4 hr layover we ate a healthy "not" breakfast at Timmy's. Read, relaxed, chatted and shopped at the Life Is Good store. New hat and long sleeve T! Boarded on time for our flight to GP via Edmonton. This is where the trip starts to tumble downhill. Approximately 5 minutes after takeoff at about 20,000 feet we smelled smoke. The intensity continued to increase. The flight attendants rushed back and forth up and down the aisles. The one attendant grabbed an extinguisher and ran part of the way down past us seated in row 4 E & F. She then returned to grab the phone and speak anxiously into it. Her composure was disintegrating before our disbelieving eyes. We could smell her fear but barely above the acrid smell of smoke. They finally announced that something was burning towards the middle of the plane but they were unable to locate the source. Another few minutes ensued and the captain announced that we were returning to Calgary. I hoped against hope that the wheels had engaged. Who knew that the thump bump of the wheels hitting the runway would feel so good. We disembarked with only positive thoughts that we would soon be back on our way. But at 3:00 our hopes were shattered. Our flight was cancelled, a second crew was mia, rerouting would take over 24 hrs. So with saddened hearts we decided to head back home. They should and I say should with a question mark behind it....... They should have us back into Saskatoon by 9 pm this evening. 17 hours since our adventure began.

Do not pass go, do not collect $200....... But we did collect $60 worth of food vouchers which did not include alcoholic beverages unfortunately!!! Perry in his eagerness to pay for our drinks along with our food forgot the vouchers. We were still anticipating the continuation of our trip at that time. So we offered 2 of them to a nice girl beside us thinking Pay it Forward or a random act of kindness
would only help us in our quest to arrive at our final destination in a timely manner. But alas it was not to be.

Our heartfelt apologies to Ashley and Danny for not making it this time. We will reschedule hopefully in November. So a fun time can be had by all on West Jets dime too. Love you guys talk soon.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

1 comment:

  1. We'll see you soon Mama, have a safe trip back!! xox