Friday, January 24, 2020

best laid (or alternatively, layed) plans

 

I meant to get back to blog posting with this trip, but I made a mistake in the settings for emailing posts and couldn't fix it on my phone. Hell.

Now, I'll go back through my photos and posts on Facebook and try to recreate my trip.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Flora and fauna

I'm fascinated by the birds and growing things here.
I have figured out that one of the common trees is the Cook Island Pine. They grow very tall and always lean a little toward the equator. 
The funny little bird that runs in the edge of the water is a semi-palpated plover. I'll get some video today. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Airport

Flight delay. 😩 I have met such nice people. A circus performer with purple hair from Denver. A doctor from Burma. A guy who just got married for the first time at 61. An older lady from Port Isabel who is on my flight.

I’ve had fun at the airport but I’m tired and my binder is sore from sitting.

Carry on!

Inauspicious beginning

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Pre-departure

Maybe I am relaxing into this travel thing a little bit. I just packed one tiny bag. I haven't made a list. I didn't buy anything new. I'm not even fretting.

I made my own reservations and believe I did it right. Last time I traveled, I made a reservation for 2am instead of 2pm. It resulted in flying home first class on Delta instead of that cheap ass tour bus in a third world country airline so it wasn't the worst mistake. (Thanks, Larry Butler.) I know how to check in online and I know how to print my ticket. I'm taking the shuttle to the airport and I have all that ready, too.

I haven't felt the need to update my will or clean out the freezer because if you die before you make it home, people might judge your housekeeping.

I did post this somewhat pessimistic update on Facebook last night.
I’m sure some will view me as a complete rube, but the truth is, I am about to embark on a cross country trip that makes maybe my 6th or 7th, depending on whether you count Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids cross country. It’s nothing but that I like home. I don’t feel any compunction to leave and find unfamiliar spaces. I like my chair, my view, my pets, and my honey. Regis dreamed once that we dressed in lederhosen and visited www.germany.com. It’s how we roll.
So, here I am, a total nervous wreck. Full of unreasonable fears. Tidal waves. Jelly fish. Marauders who will kill me and bury my bullet riddled corpse in the sand. Ah, well. It might be fine. I’m not optimistic.
I am very excited to see my friend, Betty. We've been friends since the late 70s when I moved to St. Peter. These are pictures from our early days...way before cell phone cameras.

So, here I go. Off to visit the land of sun and sea. Betty says we'll see sea turtles and maybe dolphins. I can't wait to eat fresh sea food. I'll be documenting my trip here so all is in order and I'll publish the link on Facebook.

See ya' later!