At 1:00 we dropped Charlie off at the Pet Nanny for the next two days and drove on to the airport for our flight to Gustavus and Glacier Bay. We checked in, navigated the security, and sat down to wait for boarding. There were very few people in the airport, but then a flight from Seattle landed disgorging a lot of people, and they all sat down to board our flight!
Settled in the plane (next to last row) there was an unknown delay the stewardess and pilot kept minimizing . . . we were in the air 30 minutes late. Shortly after reached cruising speed the pilot came on to inform us that Gustavus had a very low “ceiling” and it was getting lower by the minute. Our flight was only 20 minutes, and we knew we were close when the plane dipped down --- far down – under the clouds to skim the water. Then he winged back up, did a big looping turn, came on the intercom announced we would be returning to Juneau.
Off the plane in Juneau, I stood in the long line for the ticket refund and Tom scouted out other flight options to Gustavus. There was nothing that would get us there for our all-day-boat-tour of the Glacier. Next he phoned the Glacier Lodge tour company – and received a FULL REFUND for our night’s stay and tour boat! Combined with the airplane refund – we weren’t out any money. That was ALMOST enough good feeling to negate the bad feeling of the aborted trip.
We left the airport and headed to a bar that was just miles from our campground – intending to lighten up a bit. On the way inside the bar, a smoker on the deck commented that we looked a little “down” – we told him our sad story. After we were seated he came to our table and sat down with us to buy us a round of drinks! He had a summer home on Gustavas, and just felt bad that we would miss seeing it. What a nice guy – he really raised our morale -- and the burgers and wings weren't bad, either!
OK – so we were back at the Silvermine, a big refund burning a hole in our pockets, and two days to spend it! Life is Good! I'll leave you with a few pictures of our aborted trip!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown