So, the die is cast. Retirement is set, April 17 is the fateful last day of gainful employment. And flights to the UK booked for May 4. No going back, no winding hole up ahead! I’m excited and nervous at the same time, as with most big adventures. I’m sure it’s the right thing, there’s no regret or second thoughts (yet) but it’s still a big step. I’m having the most trouble with the thought of no longer going to sea! I’ve spent the last 32 years planning my life around the several weeks (or months) each year that I was away. It was an amazing career, full of good friends, good times, good research. I will certainly miss the people the most. Hopefully some of them will come and join me on the canals, I’m only looking at boats that sleep at least four people…hear that you guys?