I bemoaned that I would not be sleeping on the ship tonight as the bed was so comfortable and having the window open made sleep come so easily. For my last breakfast on the ship, I ate scrambled eggs and bacon and banana French toast with syrup and slivered almonds. That was simply scrumptious. Our ship docked in Sitka at 8 AM and we disembarked at 8:30 after saying our goodbyes to the new friends we had made. Some of the people had an immediate flight, but there were several of us who were not leaving until 6:30 that evening. We were driven back to the hospitality room in Sitka where we left our luggage. A young woman who works for the cruise line stayed there with our luggage all day. We were to be picked up at 4:30 there and taken to the airport. We three walked to the Raptor Center where injured birds are nursed back to health and then released. However, some are never able to make it in the wild so they are permanent residents. Inside is one such bird, a tiny owl named Tootsie . Aspen wanted to take her home with her. We walked back to town and stopped at the Highliner Coffee for a drink. We did a little last minute shopping. Cody and I ate pizza for lunch and Aspen had a shrimp salad. We stopped by the city library and spent some time. They had some books they were giving away so I took one to have something to read on our way home. We went back to the hospitality room at 2:30 and stayed there until we were promptly picked up with the others at 4:30. At the airport , I went through security wearing a knee brace(which I knew I should have taken off). Of course, I set off the alarm and was patted down. It is a small airport and was very crowded as the flight was full. We saw a man in handcuffs be escorted onto the plane. We flew to Anchorage and then had a six hour flight to Chicago. We arrived there the next day. The seats were very uncomfortable and we had a 5 hour layover in Chicago which turned into a six hour layover and 5 gate changes. We got to Austin after a two and half hour very pleasant flight. Cord picked us up and we were home by 7 PM. I encourage any and everyone to take this cruise. Awesome!!!
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