The last day was somewhat relaxed since our flight out of Denver was only in the afternoon. I had time to work on the blog for the 14th day, the one that I could not start work on the night before. We headed out to the airport early just in case there were delays in processing, especially at the car rental place. The day after we had arrived and rented the car, as we were driving to Boulder, we had noticed a crack in the windshield on the top left side. It was in a location that you would normally not look at. Most likely it had not been noticed and the car had been rented anyway. We had continued driving the car anyway, not wanting to turn back and return to the rental place and lose time. The windshield had held up, but we were not sure what to expect from the rental company. Perhaps they would blame us. Things went smoothly, but I do not know if they get back to us later to try to add additional charges. I should note that the vehicle that we were driving, a Dodge Journey SUV, performed admirably.
One of the handles on the big bag that we were traveling with came apart as I was lifting it into the car at the hotel. Of the three original handles on this suitcase that had been bought in Australia many years ago, only one working handle remained. Fortunately, the folks at the United Airlines counter were helpful and did not create a fuss. They taped up the broken handle so that nobody would try to use it, and the bag has made it home. The suitcase will be promptly discarded. It has served its purpose over the years. It has even been to Africa!
Getting through security at the airport was a smooth process, and I had time to put the finishing touches to the blog for the 14th day, and to send it out. I bought a sandwich for us to share on the plane. The flight was not as long as we expected, probably because of the speed of the prevailing winds. We sat next to a young girl, originally from Colorado Springs, but now living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Her flight to Sao Paulo was from Dulles airport.) She was quite talkative, and has lived an interesting life even though she is very young. Her family background is diverse, both in the nature of where people in the family come from, and also in the nature of where they have settled down all over the world. She is really into the outdoors, and has traveled a lot around the world, including to India. But what impressed us most was the fact that she spent 8 months in Kabul in a girls school. She was supposed to be there for 3 months, training teachers in teaching math, but liked the experience so much that she extended her stay. She was getting her Masters Degree from Tufts University at that time, and took a leave of absence to do this. Hope things go well for her.
It took us a long time to get home from the airport because we were using an airport shuttle service. I have to find an alternative strategy the next time.
But now we are home and trying to get back to our regular routine. It is a somewhat cool and windy Fall day here in Maryland.
I will finish up this series of blogs with an Epilogue some time. Sorry, no pictures to share today!