Friday, August 12, 2016

Anticipation!! The Official Countdown Has Begun

I have been looking forward to this trip for so long that at times, it just seemed like a distant dream.  But my countdown clock is officially set and I am getting excited!

My bag is packed.  I did have to repack shirts due to some warmer temperatures; swapping out some long sleeved shirts for some short sleeved ones and some lighter weight pants.  Final items have been added, and I've checked the weight and it is under 30 pounds so I'm all set!

All the to-do's have been checked off the list.  Things such as confirming dates with my in-home kitty-sitter, making copies of credit cards and passport and other pertinent documents that I will keep in a spot independent of the cards and passport.  

I've also gone online and put travel dates on the credit cards I plan on using so the bank knows where I will be and not shut off my card due to a transaction that doesn't fit my normal purchase pattern or location.  Prescriptions have been filled and ready to go.

Always on the list before any trip is a hard look at the contents of the refrigerator and a purge of anything that will likely be growing fur by the time I return home from my adventures.    Purge has been completed, water to the washer shut off to avoid any unplanned basement flooding, trash taken out.  Everything is a go.

I was concerned earlier in the week due to an unanticipated snafu at Delta that had flights cancelled and delayed as they scrambled to get all the passengers to their destinations.  Yesterday the all clear came and everything is poised to go as planned.

This trip is different in that I'll be traveling alone.  I don't know if it is because this trip has been planned for so long or if it is because I'm traveling alone, but I'm not feeling my normal levels of trip anxiety. Normally I don't sleep well before a big trip, but last night I slept like a baby, only to be awakened by thunder at 3:30 a.m.

This will be my last post from good ol' USA.  I'll share more photos and tales of my trip when I return!