This was a bittersweet trip...you see, this is my office's last year together. My boss is termed out and will go back to her other job; our Chief of Staff, our policy analyst and our communications director will probably go on to new jobs in the private sector; our secretary will no doubt stay (new leadership would be foolish to ever get rid of her - she's been in her position for more than 20 years. She's a wealth of knowledge!) and who knows what office I will be in...if I'm lucky! Once the elections are over and new leadership is chosen, it will be a whole new ball game.
It makes me very sad; I've never worked with such a close-knit group before! We enjoy working together in the office, but we also enjoy doing things together outside of work. There was never any animosity, no one ever got snappy when stressed, even when things were difficult and chaotic! And everyone is generally interested in what's going on in the others lives. Our relationship as an office isn't just a work relationship...it's a friendship!
We've decided to continue with our yearly trek to Ambajejus Lake, but instead of a Staff Retreat, it will be a reunion. :^)