|Our plane and pilot for Sea Lions|
We had booked our place on a plane some months ago, but the flight itself was only confirmed the night before. We discovered which one we were on by listening to the radio at 18:15, when they announce the flights for the next day, reading out the names of who is being picked up and dropped off at each stop. We were on the second set, so had to check in at 10:30.
Although some FIGAS flights do stop at the Mount Pleasant Airport, Stanley has its own little airstrip closer to town. When we arrived a the building we were checked in, weighed, and given little luggage tags to identify that our bags were going to Sea Lion Island, all by the same woman. A couple of guys were baggage handlers, taking all the bags and any extra cargo, and driving it over to the plane once it arrived. We were met by the pilot who took us out to the plane and made sure we were all buckled in. And this was the big and busy terminal!
|Sea Lion Island from the plane|
As we approached the grassy airstrip next to the lodge, a couple of horses were ambling along the edge, but the pilot made a good landing and we were there. The lodge manager, Jenny, met us at the plane and took our bags. It was obviously rush hour here, as another plane was coming in to land from the other direction with four other new guests.