We had a very enjoyable time at the 2017 Texas State MG Conference aboard a cruise ship out of Galveston. There were over 600 Master Gardeners from all over Texas along with about 15 from Arkansas and one from Michigan. The two days the ship was at sea were loaded with educational events and the room was packed for all seminars as well as the opening welcoming session. The Texas Extension Director was in attendance at all events and was the welcoming speaker. I had a great time presenting Garden Inspiration from Travel yesterday afternoon. I did a similar topic once many years ago, but I added a lot to it. It brought back a lot of good memories of all our MG adventures and I believe it was well-received.
At meals the we could change seats each meal as long as we sat at a MG table, so we got to visit with a lot of great volunteers from all across Texas as well as our Arkansas folks. I always think you learn as much from networking with other volunteers and agents as you do from the educational sessions.
Our day in Cozumel was on our own. The ship offered a wide range of tours or you could stay on the boat or just explore on your own. Many of ours did the latter and explored close to the ship. Some of us did the ruins and city tour, while others went snorkeling, dune-buggying and more.
We had to pack up and have our bags out before we went to bed. We had a beautiful sunset for our last night and a gorgeous sunrise as we headed into port at Galveston this morning. For the Texas folks many were staying another day to do their awards luncheon in Galveston along with some garden tours, so they unloaded a bit earlier than we did.
The cruise lines have this loading and unloading down to a science. We were supposed to be off by 9:45 a.m. and we were done by 9 a.m. and on our shuttle headed to the airport by 10. It was an easy flight home and I was walking in the door by 5 p.m. I think we were lucky to be flying today and not yesterday. Many folks were still catching up from cancelled flights yesterday due to weather. We saw a lot of flooding from the air as we were landing. I can’t believe how much rain we got while I was gone. There were small branches all over the yard but overall the plants looked great. I have tons of lettuce and I also harvested some peas, green onions and broccoli is ready too.
Our office was closed today because of no power. Not sure if it will be back on by early tomorrow. I have seen so many posts on Facebook about flooding across our state and more rain is predicted!
It is good to be home and the kitchen is coming along. Tomorrow I head to Garvan Gardens in the afternoon to tape TV and I am off to Fort Smith Wed and Thursday for state planning and MG training.