The transition process back to Missoula has begun. After leaving Ohio, I headed back into the foothills of Pennsylvania to visit my hometown & my parents for a few days. I also had a bit of an ulterior motive in that I needed to pack up my room as well & figure out what needed to be boxed up for the long haul to Montana. When you move across the country you really need to sit down w/ all your possessions & sort out what means something to you because space is precious in the few suitcases I have room for. After spending a few fun & packed days (Kennywood w/ Pat, Dr. appointments, visiting Gommy, eating at every hometown favorite possible, training sessions w/ Skyler & Lucky, packing & repacking) @ home spending time w my parents, I headed east to Lancaster to pick up Chris' mom on the 12th, & then we drove straight to Philly to pick up Christopher @ the airport! I haven't seen this guy since I left Montana in May so, yea, I was a little excited to see him again. I then headed north w/ his family to Connecticut to visit w/ old friends of theirs, & stopping to finally meet Christopher's sister, as she was driving from Boston to Austin on her final move. But moving on from the details of it all, Christopher surprised me w/ an early birthday present of a day trip to Gloucester, MA for a whale watching trip w/ Yankee Fleet. WHAT A DAY! We ate dinner right on the docks & watched our boat, Yankee Freedom, come into the docks then took of for several hours whale watching. If I never get to go again, it will be okay b/c our day was just that damn good. I've put together a little video to show off some of the stuff of the day. I'm no editor by any means so bear w/ it. But it goes to show a small piece of an amazing surprise 22nd birthday present.
A small note about Yankee Fleet. They are a biological team that pays for its research trips by taking tourists out on whale watches w/ them. If you ever go on a whale watch, take yourself to Gloucester & be sure to use these guys. They won't let you down & you'd be helping a great cause.