Thursday, May 25, 2017

Elder Edholm is home!

This is the last post about Palmer and his life as a missionary.  His journey home took a bit longer than we anticipated, but he's here now and we are so very happy!

His plane was supposed to get to Cody on the 24th at 11:20pm.  We packed everyone into the car and told the littler ones to try and sleep.  We were 20 minutes from Cody (it takes about an hour and a half to get there) when Brian got a text saying that the plane had not landed in Salt Lake and he had missed his connection to Cody.  There had been a storm in Salt Lake and the plane was diverted to Provo where it sat for a long time waiting to be refueled. By the time it flew into Salt Lake he had missed his connection to Cody.  We were able to call back the number he texted us on, which belonged to a very nice guy he was sitting next to on the plane.  Palmer called the emergency church travel line and we talked to them as well.  Initially Delta said that all their flights to Cody were booked for 2 days and they couldn't get him here sooner than that.  Delta only flies into Cody twice a day.  The church has a bit more pull and pretty soon he was booked to fly out of Salt Lake on the 25th at 7:00am.  He was flying on United and the flight went to Denver and then on to Cody.  Meanwhile his luggage went onto Cody on the Delta flight.  By the time we got all the info it was after midnight.  So we turned the car around and drove all the way back to Worland. The other missionary Palmer was traveling with was from Murray, which is a suburb of Salt Lake.  His parents took Palmer home and fed him and let him sleep for a few short hours before driving him back to the airport.  He didn't have much without his luggage, but made the best of it.  He finally got into Cody at 12:45pm on the 25th and his luggage made it as well.  We were so glad to see him and he said he has had enough plane flights to last a life time. 

Waiting in the airport

Why are you taking my picture mom?

He's almost here!
At last!
Almost home, just a short 1 1/2 hour drive away!

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