the luggage is outside the door awaiting pickup. we are in the room - our pickup is a bit later. One last tinge of concern - that it all arrives in the cabin safely. My hand luggage - DVD player and computer - will come with me in my backpack. I know whats important for 82 days at a minimum. Merles hand luggage is a bit more mysterious - she has her rollaway with her and her backpack.
Weather for departure is sadly overcast and drizzly but after reading about the NorthEasts issues should not be wingeing.
next, from the cabin, and the visuals can begin