On May 25 we celebrated Vicki's retirement and bid a final farewell to family and good friends. Yes, the longest "good bye" in history came to an end. This party was held a week prior to our scheduled departure from Summit North Marina, but the list of "to do's" seems to be a perpetual one. Anyway, as the saying goes...a good time was had by all. Vicki orated the "Top Ten List Of Reasons We Will Miss Dock B". The list generated some cheers, some applause and some tears. Then Norm auctioned off the remaining land-based items we did not want to bring with us. Legal tender in this auction was wine. Some items went for one bottle of wine, others went for more.
JT, a dock neighbor took the biggest prize and donated a case of wine (much more than the value of the item). Thanks JT. Others gifted us Bon Voyage gifts from stemware to wall hangings to diapers (in case our toilets break down); and, a huge haul of wine of all kinds. All were unexpected surprises and very much appreciated. Colleen and Brian, Norm's daughter and son-in-law flew in from Columbus, OH; and, Aimee, Vicki's niece, bussed herself in from D.C. Of course, the family crab feast was held.