Our last morning involved packing – good thing we bought that new bag, a final breakfast at Pläj, a bit of final computer work, then a taxi to the airport.
Before we left, I just had to take a picture of the room key, made of birch, not plastic.
Our flight back to Midway was uneventful and our pilot didn’t tell us what we were flying over, so I watched a movie (The Producers) instead of trying to see the scenery.
At Midway, Tom got some salads to eat but I wasn’t hungry since I consumed a whole bag of almonds on the first flight. I was just waiting when I looked up and saw Sandi, a woman from my church choir back home, walking my way. She was coming in from a business meeting in Denver, and on our next flight!
We spent quite a bit of time talking before the flight and she offered us a ride home from Dulles. No looking for a taxi at midnight. YEA!
Flight 2 was uneventful, too, so I watched Airplane. Big differences from the services that they offered in 1980 and now. At least we didn’t have to be worried about eating the fish…
At the airport, we waited for those checked bags, then they changed the carrousel so we moved to another part of Dulles. Sandi’s daughter arrived and drove us home, exhausted, but knowing we had a very successful, if whirlwind, trip.
This morning was a “working day”. I had things to catch up with for my various web sites, Tom was finishing up some testimony. So we worked on our computers, then went for breakfast at Pläj.
Since we’d bought those fleece jackets on Day One, we needed more luggage for the trip home. Kelly had told us that there were 2 luggage stores near the Absinthe restaurant, so we went out to find them, stopping first at Walgreens for sunblock.
We found the stores fairly easily…and found that they didn’t open until 11:00AM. So we walked a bit until they did open. The first store sold Timbuk2 bags which I love, but I’ve bought them way cheaper on Amazon so we walked on.
The next store had a small selection of packable bags so we bought another one of those. I must have 10 from different trips. I always think that we won’t be buying anything but…
Back to the Inn at the Opera for a bit more work and a nap.
As we’d arranged, Kate, the Patient Advocate from Korlym, was going to take us out for the afternoon. She arrived about 2:30. Tom was enough done with his work that he went along, too.
We had a wonderful time seeing things on a more personal level than the bus. We went through Golden Gate Park, got out and saw the ducks, a waterfall, redwood trees, a pagoda, bison and more.
Then, we went to the Legion of Honor museum to see an exhibit called Impressionists on the Water. We had the headphones so we got even more out of the fantastic exhibit.
Naturally, Tom bought the book :)
The museum was closing, so we drove by the coastline and walked a bit. I wasn’t thrilled by the sign about the coyotes and I had no intention of approaching OR feeding any of them!
Our last stop was to see the Painted Ladies they kept mentioning on the Big Bus tour, then both Kate and Tom had work to do – and I had a nap to take – so she dropped us off back at “home”
What a fun day! Here are all the pictures. Can you tell I’m getting lazy with labels and identifying where they are?
After the work/nap, we headed out to Stelline for an Italian dinner, then the end of another long, but wonderful, day.