So we were off to Nationals today. Kirstin and I flying together from Edmonton to Hamilton, Ontario, with our 6 dogs (Kirstin is running Euro and Beckham and bringing Radical Rabbit along for the ride); and I am running Dart, Havoc, and Fysti. Teri followed on the next flight with Tylt and Cypher who are entered, and Pryme, who is also along for the ride, as he is not quite ready to play.
Kirstin and I ended up getting to the Edmonton airport for our flight a little late, always takes longer than I think it will 🙂 so it was a bit of a rush, but everything seemed to be in our favour; from no one having time to "weigh" any of our kennels or bags; to the security guard who pulled us from waaaayyyyy back in the security line all the way to the front, so she could "swab us"; to the person in security who let Kirstin keep her dog nail clippers because the security guard was also dog friendly; and onto the airplane, where we were so late that rather than making us go to the back, to our assigned seats in a crowded section, they let us sit up in the front in an empty section, so we had lots of leg room. There was even a movie on the plane that we actually wanted to watch!
Our good fortune continued when we landed, with incredibly helpful and nice folks at the Hamilton airport. There is a reason we flew into Hamilton! No trouble getting the van, or with any of our bags, or picking up Teri from the next flight coming in.
We did have a bit of trouble figuring out the map that we got from the person at the airport, so I have to admit we passed by Burlington, once, twice, three times on the 2 hour drive (well turned into 3 hour drive :- ) ) to Barrie, but it was a beautiful day for a drive, and we weren't in a hurry anyway.
The hotel is great, with indoor AND outdoor pool, great grass area in the back, a restaurant right in the hotel, helpful staff, and we don't have to navigate stairs or elevators to get to our room... the room even has a balcony.
So here we are, tired but feeling pretty good about the trip so far... we just need to find some food for the dogs tomorrow, and figure out exactly when we are supposed to be onsite at Nationals.