The journey back home was quite exciting, for awhile anyway. Peter, the caretaker, picked us up before sunrise to take us to the airport. We went through security pretty quickly and then waited around for a couple hours until it was finally time for our flight. We boarded the small plane and almost as soon as they closed the cabin door we smelled the unmistakable odor of an electrical fire. The flight attendant spoke to the captain and appeared to be discussing the situation for a few minutes as the cabin filled with a light smoky haze. We turned around on the tarmac and the flight attendant opened the door, pulled out a fire extinguisher and sprayed it into a port in the cabin wall. He fumbled with the trigger and looked anxiously back at the passengers. Soon he said “Evacuate the aircraft!” His tone of voice wasn’t calming in the least and everyone jumped up and tried to hurry off the plane. Matt fell into first responder mode and stayed behind to help an elderly lady who couldn’t walk without assistance. By the time we got out, the firemen ran over to assess the situation. Fortunately the fire was contained and everyone (and the luggage) made it out just fine. Another flight was diverted to Bonaire to pick us up for the 10 minute flight over to Curacao where we soon departed for Charlotte.
Here are some of my favorite photos that I couldn’t upload earlier.
While we were gone, the strong storm that came through Winston-Salem on Thursday uprooted a huge poplar tree about 15 feet from our house in the front yard. We’ve been working all day to clean up the brush and waiting for the City to repair the broken water main that resulted. Not the welcome home I was hoping for but so thankful we are blessed to have had such as great family vacation.