And so it ends.

Somewhat of a change from our March 3rd departure picture (below) and our return last night in Raleigh (above) which ended the first part of our retirement adventure.

We just got back to Danville thanks to Lois (and her boytoy Jerry) who picked us up this morning.

We will be in Danville until December 17th when we will leave on a road trip through Kentucky and Arkansas headed to New Orleans for Christmas with Mike’s brother’s family followed by going to Charleston to visit with my brother and his family. We will be back in Raleigh for New Year’s Eve.

After that we don’t know what our next adventure is going to be but hopefully we will figure out our plans for 2019 during our Christmas road trip.

I intend to post some summary thoughts about our trip as well as a comparison review of our two transatlantic cruises in the coming days.

In the meantime, best wishes for a great Holiday season!


San Juan.

Had an uneventful flight from Raleigh to Orlando. Got “my seat” with lots of legroom and an empty middle between us!

Connection to San Juan was completely full but even though it was a different plane it was the same Southwest crew and Egda had somehow kept “my seat” open so flew in comfort (at least my legs-the middle was not empty this time) into San Juan too!

Left Orlando 30 minutes late but arrived in San Juan only 10 minutes after we were supposed to. Grabbed a cab (cash only $15 + $1 gas surcharge and $4 for the two bags). Uber can’t pick up at the airport but is available otherwise. We made it to the Hyatt House (using Mike’s Free night from his Hyatt credit card) by 8.

Unfortunately the only food options (hadn’t eaten since 9:30 am except for Southwest’s peanuts) were Olive Garden or Long Horn Steakhouse. We decided that our last meal ought to be a burger so even though I had been hankering for mofungo, Long Horn it was.

Back at the hotel and anxiously waiting to board the ship tomorrow!

And so it begins.

11:39 am. 3/3/18

We are at our gate awaiting our flight to Orlando where we change to our flight to San Juan to meet our ship and start this adventure! Be interesting to see how many times you see these clothes in future pictures given how few alternatives we have in the tiny (and screaming for their lives due to overpacking) suitcase!

Excited, anxious and a teeny bit overwhelmed!