Thursday, August 1, 2013

Farewell at the Salt Lake International Airport . . .

We arrived at the Salt Lake International Airport at 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Everyone was quite tired, as we had already been up since 3:00 a.m. We weren't able to check Elder McEwan in on the kiosk, but there weren't many travelers at this hour, so we walked right up to the counter. His checked bags weighed in at 51 pounds and 46 pounds. His carry on bag weighed 18 pounds. Hmmm . . a mere 115 pounds for two years!

Elder McEwan with his "Elder Garrett" bear we gave him after he was set apart as a missionary

There were six total missionaries traveling to the Dominican Republic, but they had either already gone through security or hadn't arrived yet. Garrett was so brave (much more than we were) as he made it through security and headed toward his gate for departure. We were kind of waiting for a last wave, but he never looked back (probably learned this from his big brother, Elder Sean McEwan, who also never looked back :).

We look forward to hearing from him and sharing his many adventures here with the many family and friends!


  1. That is very brave of them not to look back. I loved the pictures!

  2. Our FHE tonight was reading about the missionary experiences and then writing a quick letter to all of the family missionaries. Can't wait to hear more of all their experiences.