July/August 2010 Sailing Trip — Day 26

Well, this is the last day of our trip. We’re on the way home now. We arose at 04:00 as planned, closed the last few through-hulls, turned off all the breakers, disconnected the shore cord, and went out to the street to wait for the shuttle to take us to the airport. Good timing, as it was just arriving when we got out there.

Abby was wearing her new Service Dog vest proudly, but I was a bit anxious because I’d never taken my Service Dog aboard a plane before this and didn’t know what steps the airline would want me to take. In the end, though, there was no problem at all, no probing and embarassing questions, no looks of disapproval. It turned out that Barbara and I had a row of three seats without a third person, so Abby had her own seat from Tampa to Denver (except for takeoff and landing, of course, when I had to hold her).

We’ll have a couple of hours here in Denver, then onto a toy jet for the ride to Salt Lake City. I will almost certainly have to hold Abby in my lap the entire hour and a half of this trip because there won’t be any room for her to be anywhere else. But that’s OK, as it’s a pretty short flight. And then we’ll be home!!!

We’re not sure when we’ll be back down to the boat. We’re hoping we can get here in October and again in December. We have made tentative plans to go to the Bahamas in the late spring (because of my work schedule, it’ll almost certainly be in June), and we know we need a lot more sailing before then.

OK, they’re calling our flight, so I’ll close our tale by saying that we had a great time on this entire trip, from the long days driving to the working on the boat to the sailing.

2 comments to July/August 2010 Sailing Trip — Day 26

  • JLReynolds

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog, and hope you get back aboard soon. I lived aboard a Passport 40 from the age of 4 to about 17. My parents recently passed away, so now the boat belongs to me. It’s been sitting for almost 10 years, but I have been doing my best to keep it in decent shape. Well, as good as I can from 400 miles away. It’s still floating. I’ll graduate college in December, and plan to move back aboard with my wife and son(s), one due new years eve. We hope to get her back in shape and under way asap. Look forward to more of your blog.

    James Reynolds (P40 hull #3)

  • Jim

    James, many thanks for your comment. I’m sorry for your recent loss, but I’m sure that your parents would be pleased at your decision to keep Pryde II and to live aboard her. Congratulations on being almost finished with college and on your soon-to-be new son.

    My notes say that I noticed in August 2006 that Pryde II was for sale. I gather that no sale occured and that you decided to keep her. Good on ya, mate!

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