Friday, October 9, 2015

Summer Vacation, day 15

The last night of a cruise is always a pain. You have to put all your big luggage out in the hall by 10:00 so it can be moved ashore (otherwise you have to carry it yourself) and just keep what you need for the next day in a small bag. With 5 people, though, there IS no small bag.

I couldn't sleep, and stood out on deck in the early morning, watching as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge. I looked down at the sea, thinking of lives lost in the same waters.

The last day of a long cruise you're ready to be home. The endless buffets, the perennially busy ice cream stand by the pool, and the enormous selection of desserts... just don't look as good as they did a few days ago. You find yourself wanting something light and start to think about how you're going to fit in the clothes back home.

Your kids are up late with their new friends, exchanging emails and text numbers and Instagram accounts. In a week they'll have forgotten who they were.

And we were back in San Francisco.

Getting off the ship is a tedious process. Unless you want to carry all your own luggage off, you have to wait until they call your group. You have to be out of your cabin so the stewards can polish them up for the next occupants. So you end up hanging out in the buffet after breakfast... until the cleaning crew shows up to completely scrub it down before the next load of passengers boards.

You then move to a lounge, or hallway, anywhere... waiting for them to call your group for disembarkation. Mind you, we really weren't in a hurry, because we had several hours to kill until our flight out. But it's still boring as hell. Thank heavens for all the little modern gadgets of entertainment.

"Upon thy return, forget thee not to taketh thy firstborn's phone to the Apple store."

You want your dogs back.

It was a great trip. I'd say probably the most fun we'd ever had on a family vacation. But we were all glad to be home.

Especially Frank.


Anonymous said...

Rest, and relax (and eat all the desserts you can) then, ready to hit the deck!

Thanks, Dr. G. (and all the Grumpy clan for their unwitting participation!)

Heidi said...

I'm so happy you had such a great time. Thank you so very much for sharing - it's been thoroughly enjoyable to read.

Anonymous said...

this was the best vacation i've never been on. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I sure with I could sleep like that again! I thoroughly enjoyed your vacation, Dr. Grumpy! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr Grumpy for your excellent vacation stories! I will raise a glass of lemoncello to you at dinner tomorrow night! Keep writing!

Mage said...

How wonderful to arrive back in my favorite city. Glad it was a good trip. Is Frank going to turn back into a normal kid now?

Shash said...

Thanks for letting me come along vicariously. Next time, I'm going to download myself into Frank's phone.

Anonymous said...

LOL! Agree with all of the above comments, esp Anon @ 4:51!

Hattie said...

Glad you all had such a good time. Thinking now about our upcoming cruise in Australia and New Zealand. We'll be less lively, being a couple of oldsters, but we expect to be thrilled anyway.

Anonymous said...

Frank's phone was my favorite part of this series. The trip seems great too- loved it!

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