Every trip begins with a list of things you have to have for your journey. It doesn’t mater if it is for an overnight visit or, as in my case, a two week over 2,000 mile epic trek “*There and Back Again.”
Preparations included a new storm door for the dogs so they would not have to be crated all day through the weekdays… Nope, I couldn’t ever do that to my little furry friends!
You saw this door in a previous post when my washing machine flooded the mud room. 😉
And the procurement of a new sound device that works with my smart phone to play all my favorite music (saved on said phone) through my radio, because my disk player is kaput and I couldn’t afford a new one. Bob found this for me and it came the day before I left. It is amazing how much music you can load onto your phone! I never listened to the same songs/albums the whole trip. Oh yes, and a bonus feature is that you can talk hands free on the phone when it rings!
I planned for over a month, made lists both
mental and on paper, then finally I was on my way!
Bob took the day off to help me load up the truck and to see me safely on my way. I drove down our little street, over to the highway, and was just over the state line when it hit me:
I have forgotten the **self inflating air mattress!
(My octogenarian Aunt Eva doesn’t have a spare room, much less a spare bed.)
Thankfully, that little jaunt was only about 25 miles round trip. Bob met me in the drive with the air mattress, linens, my special pillow, and more hugs and goodbyes, then once again I was on my way.
I made it all the way to Mount Vernon which completed the first leg of my journey. So far so good! Of course my cousin Bruce, the truck driver, had said I could make it from home all the way up to Iowa in one day… Well, good for him I say! I’m not willing to mentally or physically kill myself trying that kind of trip. 😉 I know my limits and it just isn’t in me.
FOR MONDAY: When a certain technology dependent traveler finds herself stranded in the Hotel parking lot with a broken GPS device.
*There and Back Again, the title of Bilbo Baggins Memoirs – from the Lord of the Rings
**A sincere thank you to my In-laws Kathee and John for the, erm, permanent loan of that item! It has served both Bob and I well on several occasions over the years.
Well, according to WP this is my 500th post.