I'm home at last. Down under with David and home aboard Nine of Cups. Stepping off the plane and seeing David waiting for me at the gate was an unexpected pleasure. Since my Sydney to Adelaide flight was domestic, David could actually meet me at the gate. You can still do that in Australia!
After many hugs and kisses and collecting all my baggage, we headed home to the Crown Marina in North Haven in a fellow cruiser's borrowed car. The long walk from the marina parking lot to Nine of Cups was worth the effort. She looked fabulous in her berth. David had tied huge, welcoming yellow ribbons on her and I had to take a minute to catch my breath. My heart skipped a beat. After nearly a year, to be home in my own bed, in my own boat with David seemed almost surreal.
Cups needs some TLC, but we're more than willing to give her what she needs, so she can take us off on our next adventure. Let's get those chores started right away … after I recover from this jet lag, I mean.