I’d not seen my children in two years — much too long. My recent birthday reminded me I’m not getting any younger. The U.S. border is closed, it was unreasonable and I waffled back and forth and drove my kids nuts, but in the end, decided I must go.
It was complicated, frustratingly stupid, and expensive, none of which mattered compared to my need to hug and spend time with my loved ones.
I’m an organized sort, I called provincial health to check everything, still the madness started before I left. They weren’t always right.
My old flip cellphone, used only for emergencies, doesn’t work in the U.S. I’d need it, so prepaid FIDO $33 for 15 minutes in the U.S. It subsequently didn’t work.
A young friend helped me book non-stop flights both ways. I didn’t care which airline or what the cost was. Just wanted convenience for all and he did very well thank you.
After a few days, however, Delta cancelled my direct flight back creating a stop in Seattle allowing little more than an hour between flights. I use a walker and must wait until all other passengers debark before my walker shows up. I also require assistance, which I’d already arranged (now separately). After hours on the phone, with no chance of a direct flight, I accepted defeat and called again to arrange help for TWO flights. Whew! I hadn’t even left yet!
Then, United, who were taking me to the US, emailed a form to fill out with complete proof of Canadian COVID testing (taken within 72 hours of the flight) plus vaccinations, etc. etc. I called on my son for help, scanned all related copies, he got into my computer and filled it all out. It was long, not easy, but done.
Checking in at United at the airport, they wanted all the stuff we’d already submitted. I asked why.
‘Oh, that technology isn’t working yet.’ What???
This was only the beginning of the insanity. More to come soon…
Wow! Sounds like such an ordeal, but I understand you completely. We haven’t seen one of our daughters who lives in the states for more than two years now and it’s ay too long. Can’t wait to go and see her.
Don’t go now. It gets worse. See my next post. Unbelievably stupid. Hope it opens soon for all of us. Good luck.
It was SO great to see you, Maughm, and you were incredibly courageous to travel at this time with all the crazy requirements and whatnot, which seem to change minute to minute. I love this photo of you by the “twisty trees”, which were absolutely fascinating! Thanks again for all the special Canadian treats (gone now, of course), which both Michael and I enjoyed. Love you!
Ah dearest dotter: YOU were part of the best that happened on this trip. Shall write about that later. There is just so much to share about this adventure. Thanks for flying to San Fran to be with us. Hugs, love and squeezes. (Do your ribs hurt from my hugs?) Maughm
You absolutely made it! Are you still in the States?
No. I made it home in spite of all the stupidity. Whew! Stay well…
Glad you made it there & back—Bravo! Looking forward to “the next chapter”:)
Yes, there is certainly a next chapter. Had a great visit but then stupidity reigned supreme on the way back. How can so many be so dumb? Stay well, Muriel
Congratulations, Muriel. I tried to get a job in San Francisco for about 20 years, so I love that amazing tree photo.
You have no idea what an accomplishment you’ve made, in my eyes. I’m terribly agoraphobic. I can barely go from my house to the curb to get my mail or take out the trash. So let me say that I’m proud of you. Hugs on the wing.
Yes, San Fran is beautiful, but has too many hills. My knees don’t like climbing them.
I also love those Australian Tea trees so my son often took me for walks at that park.
I understand agoraphobia since I deal with a Vestibular Disorder which often is misdiagnosed as agoraphobia.
You have had quite some adventures! Why did you not just call your kids to Canada? It would be so much easier. Still, you had an experience which you shall never forget!
Aha! They’re working and I’m retired. My son is a teacher and had to prepare for classes starting now, etc., etc. etc. And we also got together with my daughter who lives in the U.S. in another state. Many reasons, right? Thank you for your interest. Muriel
Ah, I see, I see…
Ahh, Mighty Muriel. Glad you managed the trip!
So am I. The part with my family was worth anything. But the stupidity of rules is boundless… Stay well dear Jaya, Muriel
You are very brave. I am just getting cold feet about driving 150 miles in October. We have done it before but it was about 20 years ago.
I understand your hesitating. 20 years is a long time ago, but I know you WILL make it. Cheers,
That tree looks fascinating, children would love to walk on it. I am so glad you are with your children. Take care and I am sure you will enjoy every moment.
Yes, I loved those trees so much we walked there often together. I’ll be posting some more photos of them next time. I did have a wonderful time with my children. Thank you! Muriel
Good to know you finally visited your children. Waiting to hear more about your mad trip 😛
Yes, I’m glad to have seen them too, but the trip home was even worse than getting there. Hopefully this nonsense will change or improve soon… As always, thanks for reading. Muriel
Muriel you are a brave lass for taking on such a challenge, and one I admire for overcoming all these obstacles that modern technology put in your way. So happy for you and looking forward to hearing more when you get home.
Goes without saying to Stay Safe.
Thanks Johnny: I made it there and back and had a lovely stay with my loved ones, so all the rules and stupidity was worth it. Shall write about the return adventures next. Unbelievable so much can go awry. Cheers…
Traveling is not what it used to be nor will it ever be the same. It’s so inconvenient but a must do to see family. Enjoy the moments! cheers!
You’ve got it right! Seeing my loved ones made all the stupidity and frustration worthwhile. Cheers, Muriel
Yes sometimes we become insane for seeing our loving persons. Well described!👍👌
You’re certainly right and seeing them was worth anything!!!
Yes 💝 My pleasure 😊. God bless you 🙂☺️
And you too!
I’m glad you are able to spend time with your family❤️
Thanks. It had been too long since I had seen them and I really needed to. It was great!
Looking enthusiastic 👌👍
Yes, it was so wonderful to, at last, see my children. I still smile just thinking about being with them. Cheers, Muriel