Sigh. Everyone’s gone home (though some are still travelling) and I’m left with memories of a whole ton of good times and some really nice gifts.
This post covers the last day and our leave-taking.
Tuesday morning found most of us still at the cottage, but because of the rain, we had no more cavorting on the dock.
Instead, we sit around the cottage eating breakfast (scones and strawberry jam by me, excellent scrambled eggs by Karen) talking and playing more games. Oh, the hardship.
Then lunch, and we have to finish up the
a – Butter Tarts
b – Nanaimo Bars
c – Cherry Pie
And then we pack the cars. Of course, the sun comes out.
Perry has decided that though her new “two-person” tent (all campers know what that means) is a good tent, she’s no longer up for sleeping on the ground. So I inherit a new tent for my grandsons to enjoy.
Back at Neill-Wycik by suppertime. Susan M has already left in the morning for Colorado, then Walla-Walla, Washington so we’re down to 9. We enjoy Thai food courtesy of Kristi, plus chow down on a few leftovers.
A lot more talking and then bedtime.
Jerri leaves first, at 6 am, to begin her long trek back to Arkansas, to the waiting arms of Dan. Delta tries hard to make her miss her connecting flight, but they fail, and she reaches the departure lounge with a whole 10 minues to spare and gets her seat back from the stand-by passenger it was given to.
Perry is heading out on her own in her truck, and Betty (Tennessee) is taking Linda (Virginia), Kristi (New York) and Karen (Tennessee) back in her van. The planned departure is 8:00.
At 8:06 (because Betty is very good at herding cats) the two vehicles roll out of the garage.
Tricia and Sulie and I go upstairs and check out, and then we put Sulie in a cab for Billy Bishop Airport; she’s flying to Montreal for a few days before going home to Olympia, Washington). Then Tricia and I pack my car (I’m taking her to the airport this afternoon to fly home to Victoria). Then….
So I leave Tricia in the big city to make her own way to the airport, while I drive home and work on getting a new tire.
So there we all our, heading back to our respective homes.
Everyone who is driving crosses the border without incident, and even the peaches make it across without being confiscated (that was an accident).
This has been a wonderful wonderful time. I’m so happy everyone who came came, and that they all enjoyed themselves so much. Everyone contributed so much to the fun and fellowship, and it’s absolutely astounding how we can meet up with each other, years apart, and feel like we’ve been been hanging out together always.
Now to start planning the next one.
final post: I’ll put up some pictures Dessies have sent me for a final round-up