Aug 13, 2005
Sep 24, 2005
Our cruise had lasted for two full weeks. It was relaxing but also filled with all the things you do on board. We ate. We read. We ate. We walked. We ate. We used the internet cafe. We ate. We watched movies. We ate. We enjoyed three formal nights. We ate. We went on excursions. We ate. And we finally sailed into New York harbor before dawn on the 24th. We were up by 4:30 which was fortunate because we were barely out of bed when we spotted the Verizano Bridge in front of us. I especially wanted to see the bridge because the hospital where Lyle, our eldest, was born was demolished to make room for the on ramp from the Brooklyn side. Al was especially sentimental because as we cruised through the narrows we sailed past the Bay Ridge Area where he grew up and where we spent the first couple years of our marriage. Unfortunately it was too dark to get a good picture of the Statue of Liberty but it felt good to see her and know that we were home. It made us feel very proud to say hello to our United States of America. We were docked by about 7:00 but it was almost 9:30 when we finally disembarked and made our way via bus to JFK. The flight home was beautiful. I guess Rita cleaned out the clouds over the eastern states and we were able to see the ground from 35,000 feet all the way home. We were home by 4:00. It was a great trip but there's no place like home.