When I am home and doing my day to day life I imagine getting away from it all. I start watching travel shows like The Amazing Race and the travel channel. The planning process for this trip takes three months . We considers grandkid’s school vacations, pet sitters availability and parental care needs. This time we arrive at a Spring get-away.
Given the wicked cold winter weather around the country we decide on Hawaii. Destination agreed upon I head to AAA. There I meet my travel agent, Phyllis, and together my trip to Maui formed. I look through the AAA Tour Book, purchase Maui Revealed and started anticipating sights and sounds. David plays surf music, and I look for swim wear. This is really going to happen! It seems so far in the future.
Next haircut I think no fuss and go for a wash and wear, get out of the shower and forget the hair dryer, non straightening do. My straight as sticks hair of my youth has changed into wavy, then curly, and now an even curlier version. Perfect for the warm, more humid climate.
Suddenly, last minute preparations are made, and the vacation is at hand. Camera, sun screen, new summer crops and tees ready, and packed.
Now the trepidations occur. I know I will miss my dog, Libby. We go for a walk every day, and when that is not possible she is with me to make me feel right with the world. She is such a stress reliever. When I am not in my routine sometimes I get to thinking too much, and not in a good way. My parents are not doing well, and decide in the last minute that they need someone close by, and so I arrange for my brother to stay in Sacramento for a couple of days. This requires some changes to my planning, but that gets taken care of quickly.
Then I am reminded that when you leave home you often take your baggage with you, so to speak. As I said trepidations. At this point, I lower my expectations and think of this as just a quick 7 day trip. No wild zip lines, no scuba diving, and no submarine rides. Just some quiet time photographing sunsets, and interesting scenery.
As John Denver says in the song Leaving on a Jet Plane “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.. I’m leaving on an jet plane…”
Next post, vacation memories!