We had already docked back in Galveston by the time we woke up. We were on the list to leave the boat at 8:30, so there was no use in rushing. We spent some of our time waiting out on our balcony looking at the oily bay - missing the pretty blue waters we had just spent the last week in. We got to see a few dolphins jumping in the bay again - last Sunday, seeing them jump in the bay was really neat- this Sunday, after having one pull me thru the water - just seeing them in the bay wasn't as big a deal. We got all of our stuff gathered up, found our new friend Launrdo and told him bye and then went to wait in our assigned area. While we were there waiting, I was nervous again. I guess it was the whole customs/passport issue, because once we got thru that, I was fine. Anyways, while we were waiting, I was watching out the window at them reloading the ship - man you would not believe all the food products they had that they were bringing on board - I mean I realize that there needed to be alot on the boat for all the people for a week and all, but to see it all stacked up still in boxes was just overwhelming - that was ALOT of food!!!
We got off the ship, found our luggage and got thru all the lines just a few seconds before my sis pulled up with my kiddos...I was glad to see them - we both were, them on the other hand were like- Hi mom, Hi dad. My sis said that they were not really that impressed with the huge ship either, so we loaded up and hit the road.
I called my mom and my dad about half way home, told him we would be home for dinner and that we wanted something fried, with hot sauce and a mountain dew!
Man, it felt so good to be home and to sleep in our own bed!!
**I do have to say that I am fully aware that I did miss out on some once in a life time chances - like trying the turtle and feeding the stingrays - missing out on some things was by choice, and maybe I should have tried more things, but I do have to say that this was one of the most educational and memorable things I have ever done, and even if I missed out on a few things, I did get to do more than I missed. Other things that were once in a lifetime thing as well.**