The Valencia family arrived home safely tonight. They flew in to Lake Union at about 8:25pm. Friends at Horizon Airlines had worked their contacts in Customs & Immigration this morning to forestall any problems over Don not having his passport with him. He did have his birth certificate, his driver’s license, and his old expired passport. So the officer at Kenmore Air on Lake Union expected them, and cleared them without any problem at all.

Don describes the trip up – the endless waiting and uncertainty in Port Ludlow and Victoria, and the physical pain and weariness – as a hellish experience. But the sweetness of the reunion in Malibu made up for it. Heartfelt thanks go to:

– Bob Goff and family for making the whole trip possible, and for making all the arrangements.
– Karen Stemwell, Kenmore pilot, for going beyond the call of duty in helping Don through the Victoria stay, and for piloting the family safely there and back.
– Janice Prittie, who hosted Don and Karen Wednesday night in Victoria.
– Jim Moon, airport manager at Horizon Air, for taking care of the passport problem.
– All of you who prayed during this adventure.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Raymond on July 22, 2007 11:57 pm

    Really great to see you today, Don. What was teh crazy story Bob made up to get Heather and the boys down to the dock? The reunion shots are soooo sweet. I’m really glad you were able to get up there and have a change in scenery. I haven’t forgotten about you or your occasional need for movies, but I’ve been outta town like crazy the last two weeks. I’m jealous (in a good way) your “healthy glow” is better than mine….

  2. Connie on July 23, 2007 8:10 pm

    I was so happy to see the reunion pictures!
    One more plane story too!

    Remember the time we were late to catch a plane? You dropped me at the curb, said you were going to park the car and for me to go tell the plane to wait!….

    Ciao to all,

  3. juan edgar on July 25, 2007 1:09 pm


    How are you, my dear brother ? I followed your trip to Malibu and saw the great pictures, but, guess with who I am now in Costa Rica ? with Zack and Sarah…they send regards and we are looking forward to talking to you one of these days on web cam !
    Give our love to Heather and the kids…we love you and are thinking of you !

    Juan Edgar
    San José, Costa Rica

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