After waiting in KTM for 3 hours to leave, after a very quick 3-hour flight to Guangzhou, China, after sitting around there for 9 hours, and after a long 11-hour flight to Vancouver, it's down to the weather in Trail and the last hour flight to get into the Kootenays. Neither Trail nor Castlegar airports have instrument landing systems so it all hinges on the weather. Can the pilots see the hills and the airport?
After 5 weeks away I found myself nearly using my filtered water to drink and brush my teeth. Habits practiced for weeks in a third world country where you really couldn't drink the tap water.
It's also the first time in weeks that I've seen cloudy skies...and rain?? What's that? BC is saying welcome home.
Postscript: our Pacific Coastal flight just made it into Trail. We flew in a complete whiteout from Vancouver, only dropping out of the cloud and fog right over Castlegar. The pilot then flew us down the valley just over the Columbia River right to Trail. Pretty impressive. The drive home was wet but uneventful. It's nice to be home.