The boat got underway about 4:30 p.m. today, Alaska-bound for the halibut and blackcod season. Everyone was all smiles and seemed especially relaxed–everyone but me, that is.
For the first time in eight years, I did not pass through all of my normal “George is Leaving” stages of grief. When I became aware of his impending departure a couple of weeks ago, I went into my “panic” phase, and then stayed there until today when I transitioned into just plain sad.
So, I will just leave it at that and post some pictures. I have to get to bed early as I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow…and of course, have several more weeks of long days to follow! Thank goodness for grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends, Jazzercise, books, writing groups, babies….
The very best of luck to George, Bryan, Brett, and Kelly. There couldn’t be a better Captain or Crew heading out to sea this evening, and I am so proud of them all. I’m also proud of all of us left behind–wives, mothers, girlfriends and children–we can do it!
Happy May Day.
Here’s George saying goodbye to Mandy and Toby.