The adventure has now led us up into the atmosphere!! This weekend we, along with our new friends the Sabines, took an aerial tour of our new home to celebrate Father's day and both of the dad's upcoming birthdays. What an experience!
We loaded up all of the kids, strapped everyone in to a 9 passenger prop plane and took off! We toured the plant sites where Chris and Doug work, the forest and rivers and our little dot on the map. It was amazing to see everything from such a new perspective. We truly are a lone town in the middle of nowhere! Once we left town, there was literally nothing but trees as far as the eye could see. You could see the little rivers that flow into the Athabasca are almost black naturally from all of the oil that is in the ground here. That explains why it looks so dirty! The plants and mines were huge and busy, even on a Saturday! It was interesting to see all of the work it takes to end up with gas in your car at the end of the day.
The big boys were more excited than the little ones, it was almost like Christmas for them! The kids were engaged for a while and then started to become bored once they didn't see their schools or landmarks they recognized. Jackson fell asleep about halfway through, not sure how as it was a loud and bouncy ride! Aila's reaction was less favorable, she cried every time the plane dipped, bounced or turned. Poor Jody became air sick from all the bouncing and will tell you not to eat blueberries before flying! I am sure the pilot was never so glad to see an hour come to a close....
We ended the day with a cook out at our house and backyard badminton. It was a wonderful day spent with friends and I hope that we have many more adventures like this one!