To use the Las Vegas airport!
Because we're not in Las Vegas any more. Late Monday night, we flew from Las Vegas to Philadelphia, and Tuesday morning we flew from Philadelphia to Ottawa, Canada.
We've had this planned for months.
Why all the secrecy? Well, today is Ruth's father's 80th birthday, and we wanted to be here to surprise him. And even though he doesn't read the blog every day, if we posted it here there was a good chance that it wouldn't be a surprise. So it becomes a surprise for all of you as well!
Sherman, where we left him in Las Vegas.
We had found a private residence very close to Las Vegas airport where we could leave Sherman for a month. Cost was $80 USD ($104 CAD) and we arrived there Monday afternoon.
Got things all closed up, and our carry on bags packed for a month away. Then, we did a ten minute walk to the nearby Las Vegas airport car rental terminal and took their free shuttle bus to the airport!
We had a long wait for our 12:30 am red eye flight to Philadelphia. Then, four hours (and a three hour time change) later, we arrived in Philadelphia at nearly 8:00am and then an hour and a half later we took off for Ottawa.
What's the white crap on the ground??
Flying into Ottawa, we got our first view of Canadian winter. It's been a long time since we've seen this! Temperature when we arrived at 11:00am was -4C (25F). We hopped on the local bus from Ottawa airport for $3.10 ($2.39 USD) and did the one hour journey to my mother's apartment.
Our son Alex lives in Ottawa as well, and he came over for dinner to meet us. Great to see him again...it's been almost a year!
Kevin, and his mom.
We stayed at her place Tuesday night, and then Wednesday afternoon Alex left work early and came back to meet us again. Then, Ruth's brother Colin came down from the village of Galetta (about 45 minutes away from the city) where he lives in the house next door to her father. He drove us up to Galetta, and we all had supper with him and his son Matthew and stayed at his house last night.
It is too funny being right next door to Ruth's dad and he doesn't know we're here!!
So, we're about to call him using Skype, to wish him happy birthday. He'll think we're still in Las Vegas.
Then, we'll walk next door and ....surprise!
It should be hilarious. We'll try and videotape it for you!
So, we're in Ottawa and area for two weeks to visit with family and friends. Then on April 1st, we fly from Ottawa to Nova Scotia where our daughter Lindsey, her husband Justin, and grandkids Cameron and Sadie live.
Lindsey and Justin are going to a friends wedding in Cuba for a week, and we get to look after our grandkids. Really looking forward to that. We've actually had this planned since last year!
Yep, we get to put up with the last part of a Canadian winter for a month. But after all, we're Canadian so we can do it. It's not like it's for six months or anything like that!
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