|Jan 22nd 2009 - We bid farewell to Mazatlan and 27 - 30 degree weather to land in Winnipeg at 30 below. A real shock to the system. The first thing we all said after clearing customs was "Can we go back?" Our shuttle to the airport picked us up at the hotel around 11:30 am. I couldn't take any pictures along the way, because the windows in the van were tinted and didn't open. Arriving at the airport, a porter loaded up our luggage and directed us to the line-up through customs and check-in. All our check-in luggage was searched, but not completely. A security officer opened each bag and lightly checked along the edges inside the bags and that was it. They didn't check any carry-on bags. At the ticket counter they weighed each check-in bag but didn't seem to pay any attention to the weight, and didn't weigh our carry-on bags. (If I had known that, I wouldn't' have bought a big purse to carry all my books and heavy items. I could have saved my shoulders and back!) We did run into Ed & Cam in the line-up and proceeded to the plane together. Norm & I were in row 2 in Star Class, so upon boarding, we bid adios to Ed & Cam and said we would visit them in sardine class. Would you believe it, they found seats a couple of rows behind us...in Star Class again! I am beginning to think that they couldn't be so lucky as to find seats in Star Class every time. They must have Star Class seats but were pulling our legs all along. (What can we do to get even??? Any suggestions???) The direct flight from Mazatlan to Winnipeg took about 4 hours. Leaving Mexico I had my pant legs rolled up, sandals on, and carrying sweaters and jackets. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, Socks were put on, pant legs rolled down, jackets and mitts put on. Cam's house sitter, Lea, picked us up at the airport in my Yukon. It was windy and snowy and COLD! Lea drove herself home and then we proceeded to Cam's house in Warren. The wind was blowing the snow across the road, making it difficult to see the road. Proceeding slowly, we made it. I had Ed drive, thinking he would know the way, but luckily, we had guide Cam helping out. We spent the night at Cam's as the roads were bad. Next morning we woke up to -30 and it took us a while to get moving. Nobody wanted to venture outdoors. The rabbit and birds were looking for food, but we foraged through the cupboards and fridge and found enough food to tide us over without having to go outside. Eventually we loaded up the Yukon and journeyed to Winnipeg to stop at Costco and develop all my film, and stock up on some groceries. I popped in to see Randy, my hairdresser, to show him my hair and let him know about the new arrival, Danielle. After a meal at Smitty's, we were on route. We stopped by Keewatin to visit the Benson's and get introduced to Danielle. She's a doll! Lauren and Julia can't get enough of her either. It would be nice to spend winters in the warm climate, but I would miss the kids too much. Maybe they will be able to come with us next time. Getting home, the fun was over as we unloaded the truck, with freezing fingers. UGH! Guy couldn't get the quad started, so the driveway was not plowed. Oh well, Bitsy was happy to see us, though. We had to wait till Saturday to pick up Dezi at Guy's. Sorry for the delay in finishing off my journal...It took a while to thaw out, get caught up with the mail and bills, and get back to work. Now, I can start planning for next year...Yeah!