* Navigating through a new airport, shuttle, taxi to arrive at my destination. Cricket did fabulous and received many hugs and well deserved compliments along the way for her good work.
*Being able to meet in person my fellow GDB alumni board members. This was a special part of the trip. I feel like I have some new dear friends. I will learn so much from each of them.
*Cricket has a new goughnut and Steve has a new hiking shirt from the GDB Gift shop.
* I met Mimi and Cabana . Such a treat and so glad they could take time from their busy life for the afternoon to spend time and take us to the airport. Cabana is such a cutie and Mimi is incredible. I hope our paths can cross again and feel fortunate for the friendship!
Perhaps Cricket is sharing with Cabana a few secrets of life as a guide dog.
*The assistance I had at the SFO Airport was incredible. The man was so helpful and as we walked from one gate to the next (it was switched at the last minute so we had much time to visit) -- he asked about my family and I did about his. He shared with me that he had been apart from his wife who was still in the Phillippines for years and he hoped he could bring her here soon. He left and encouraged me to tell my family how much I loved them! I told him I hoped his wife could join him soon ... he said maybe in the next year. WOW.
*I love an adventure and also appreciate returning home.