Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011 Rugby World Cup Day 17

View from the room in Queenstown
Due to the time changes, this was a very odd day...

On the way to New Zealand, we lost a day. On the way home, we gained the day back...

We packed up and checked out of the room about 10 a.m. Most of the hotels required us to check out by 10 a.m. The remaining group, including Geselbracht and Barb, headed to the airport. Geselbracht and Barb will be staying until early October. We caught a 12:30 p.m flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

Most of us boarded a 5:15 p.m. Air New Zealand flight direct from Auckland to San Francisco. Hunter is flying home on Friday through Japan. Although the flight to New Zealand seemed to go faster, the flight home was uneventful. We landed in Sacramento at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday morning! We had left Queenstown at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

It took about 45 minutes to get through customs, collect the luggage and get out of the airport. Sharon picked me up and drove us home. It was very nice to have her drop me off and pick me up. With a stop for a bite to eat, it was after 1:00 p.m. by the time that we got to the house.

It was a great trip. Someday, I would like to go back to New Zealand with Sharon.

Touring with the group was a different experience. Thinking about it on the way home, I came to three conclusions. First, I am very comfortable with who and what I am; I am very comfortable in my own skin. Second, I appreciate my health. Finally, I value my marriage.

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