Bags are packed, lunch is made, plans to return in the spring are waiting to hatch.
I'll leave here at 8:00 a.m. and arrive on the eastern side of the country at midnight, but it will seem like 8:00 p.m. to me because of the 4 hour time difference. Wine and snacks have been promised to celebrate my return.
It's always hard to leave here, with its warm welcome, good company, day trips, old friends, family get togethers, favourite haunts, new scenes, old tricks, cozy evenings, lazy mornings, walks and talks, gorgeous scenery.
It's been great.