The dreaded day. THE day. The day I had to pack my bags and leave my home. It was hard. Packing all of my things up. Taking everything off of my shelves. Claiming laundry off the line and gathering stray GoPro parts from around the lab. It was all hard.
My flight was at 11:30. I signed the book, said my goodbyes multiple times, and Michael took me to the airport. We waited for my flight to board for about 45 minutes. I got to see Alex again and we talked for a while. A good distraction. But then I had to board my plane. I’m glad I had a dolphin group on my plane because they were really talkative and kept my mind occupied. But it was hard. Saying goodbye to Bimini, to my home, to Michael. It was all hard. And it’s still hard to think about not being there. But all good things have to end. The flight back was quick. Too quick. And suddenly I was in civilization again. 20 minutes and I was in a different world. I didn’t like it. I still don’t like it. I wish I was in Bimini. But new things are good and after 7 months at the lab it was time for me to move on. But it wasn’t easy.
Those guys were my family. Are my family. Heather, Bryan, Mo, Rachael, Clem, George, Nick, Bryan, Kelsey, Sarah, Andi, Ally, David, Andy, Rob, Lindsay, Lauran, TJ, Jill, CJ, Jean, and Michael. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to be with the past four months. There’s nothing like doing other people’s laundry and cleaning their bathrooms. Y’all are my family and I could never have imagined that this round at the lab would be so different from the lab last year. I learned so much more about people and about myself. So thank you. Thank you for everything. All of you.
And now, off to the next great adventure…