Return travel is like clicking the switch on a measuring tape and watching it all roll back to its original position, except that it happens very very slowly.
And so yesterday’s return journey was a rerun of steps taken, except now we were going backwards. Slowly. The walk on Cozumel Island back to the ferry station, past the waterfront (am I truly leaving behind sunshine?)...
Then, boarding the ferry, hoping for calmer waters (and sun; come on, lay on the sun -- I need to staockpile).
The ferry ride to Playa del Carmen: first sunny (thanks!), lovely, warm, then, halfway through – windy, with sprinkles (oh well) and rougher waters...
From there, a bus ride to the airport, a flight to Atlanta (oh! one last look at the Mexican coast, just one more!)...
...a flight to Milwaukee (working all the hours of all the flying time and downtime and actually all the time now) and a bus ride to the distant parking lot, where we find Ed’s car. Dead as any battery would be, if subjected to neglect in the bitter cold.
He gives it a jolt with the help of the shuttle driver (does this happen often? yes...) and we make our way to Madison.
...where today the skies are gray, and I know that I should put a good spin on things – after all, it is in the thirties, which actually is not that far off from the Mexican sixties if you think about it, but still, I miss the sunshine, or even clouds that promise that any minute they will part and show me a smidgen of blue.
But, I live in Wisconsin and it is far far too early in the season to gripe about the weather.
Especially on a January day when the temperatures are, well, in heat wave range, by our standards.