After driving the 35 miles or so from home to the Vancouver Airport Friday morning, we park our car, enter the terminal, and walk by Bill Reid's striking Spirit of Haida Gwaii on our way to check in at UA.
We enjoy ourselves with technology, soup, and salad in AC's lovely transborder Maple Leaf Lounge while waiting to board our first flight as we travel 1789 miles YVR-DEN-MSP.
The next morning we pay a quick visit to the Mall of America, a five-minute shuttle ride from our hotel.
As the West Edmonton Mall holds a water park, the Mall of America holds an amusement park.
A quick walk through a section of the mall on a busy Saturday morning in August persuades us to take the shuttle to MSP and spend some time in its newly re-opened Red Carpet Club. It's tiny but pleasant.
Almost before we know it, we're enjoying an extended view of the sunset as we fly SFO-YVR, completing our MSP-SFO-YVR return flight of 2390 miles, giving us a total of 4179 EQMs for this trip.
We land at 10:15 p.m., zip through Canada Immigration and Customs, walk to our car, pay the $33 parking fee (lucky we'd printed a coupon or it would have been $44), and discover our only delay of significance at the Peace Arch border crossing, where we must first merge into one lane, and then wait for only two open booths at this major land crossing. It appears the construction continues (the truck crossing is obviously a safer bet for now) but 30 minutes later we're on our way home and in bed by midnight.
For our bargain fare, United upgraded us to First with UDUs on all four legs, making for a very pleasant 30-hour excursion.