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I'm starting my retelling of the week-and-a-half from hell at the beginning, which was, of course, well before we ever got out of the house. I wouldn't call this the planning stage, as I was left firmly out of that, except for when I was asked if I'd hypothetically like to go with most of the family to Alaska at some distant point in the future.

That was basically how it started for me- no one telling me what the plans were, then getting mad that I didn't know them. It wasn't until the night before we left, when I was finishing my laundry, that I found out that we were going to Vancouver first, because that was where the ship left. I was lucky just to know that ima, the grandparents and I were getting to wherever we were supposed to go a few days before everyone else, so that Grandma and Grandpa could recover.

Anyways, I ended up getting packed, then having to help ima pack all of her stuff the next day, before we left that evening. Unfortunately, her a/c decided to break that day, so I was left to haul things up and down her stairs all day in 90 degree heat. Needless to say, by the time dad came to take us to the airport, I was overheated and exhausted, even though I had been drinking water. Nevertheless, we did eventually make it to the airport, where ima and I found out that she had booked her parents on a much later flight, so she would have to go back to the airport in Vancouver at 2am to get them after we got settled at the hotel.

That would've been enough drama for one night, but no. When we finally got to Vancouver airport customs, I found that I left my passport on the plane. But that turned out to be no big deal, as I could use my state ID until one of the attendants brought it to us. It turned out well, but it didn't help that this all happened at 10pm local time. Not a good start to the vacation.


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Aug. 14th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
That is a rocky start x.X seems par for the course with family vacations though. We only ever had three people (excepting the tour we took up in Canada with my grandparents on my mom's side, which was very well structured all things considered) and even that resulted in the obligatory meltdowns.

It turned out well, but it didn't help that this all happened at 10pm local time. Not a good start to the vacation.

Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuhn! What will the next installment hold for our heroes!?
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