Day 5 was the worst day of our journey hands down. We were all exhausted when we got up, breakfast took and hour and a half, the gas station had no ice (in Canada of all places....), our credit card was denied(Chris forgot to call and say we would be out of the country)...all of this before 10 am. OMG. The day continued downhill from there. Day 5 was the day the whole family decided that we were all sick of each other. Enforced closeness is a great thing, for 4 days. The bickering followed us to Calgary where we met our shipment at customs. That was the smooth point in our day, everything passed inspection and was admitted into the country. Big sigh of relief. After hearing the good news, we loaded back up and drove some more!
We finally landed in Edmonton, where the badness continued. The hotel, was for lack of a better term, ghetto....a hundred and fifty dollar a night ghetto, complete with bums in the parking lot. At 7 pm, it was too late to cancel so we had no choice but to grin and bear it. Our other small highlight of the day was the mall. AMAZING!!!! We had dinner and rushed through a couple of stores before the mall closed at 9, a shame, a place like that should be open 24 hours a day for maximum shopping pleasure. Back to the ghetto we went and all children proceeded to have a meltdown of epic proportions. Canada bashing went on for a good hour, as did the tears. It was heartbreaking to see them so upset, especially when you yourself are dying inside to and you have to put on a brave face. We talked it through and focused on the positives and reminded them and ourselves that every day would not feel like that day, that normalcy would come and while it may never be HOME, we would be happy.