…..well, mostly in my fevered imagination, we are. It’s actually more like the calm before the storm. The boat jobs are nearly finished, but a few remain, including changing out our ancient Groco head (that’s the toilet for you non-boat types.) There are also many paperwork-type jobs, including the grim one of preparing wills and powers of attorney, in case……There are also doctor visits, dentist visits, eyeglasses to order, vaccines to suffer through (the Shingles vaccine, while not strictly a travel vaccine, is a doozy, I will say.) There are bank accounts to put in order, addresses to change, and cars to prepare for sale. And the saddest job of all is finding a home for our feline family. They truly cannot come with us, and it is breaking our hearts. It appears that we will drive across the country with them, and leave them with a trusted cat-person friend. Apparently, the market for 12 and 14 year-old cats is so vanishingly small as to be non-existent. I don’t know why. They are still active, happy, playful cats. Go figure. In the meantime we have taken advantage of a couple of educational offerings, specifically learning about and repacking our life raft, and taking a turn at the Radar simulator in Port Townsend, which are both excellent things to do if you’re preparing to cruise. We can recommend the seminars given by the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, even if they are not cheap. There is just a wealth of knowledge over there and if you’re near to Puget Sound, you would do well to become familiar with it. We can also recommend Westpac out of Tacoma if you want to see your life raft inflated, and learn about it in case you actually have to use it. They repack it for you as well, of course.