Thursday, April 7, 2011

All packed and ready to go!

I really want to leave tonight!

I felt pretty bad at work, drank two cups of tea with lemon and honey, per my local pharmacist's advice, and still didn't feel well.  I finally called Kaiser to see if they could fit me in today, but they were full. There was one cancellation, but I was too late.  I asked my boss if I could skip lunch and leave early, and that's what I did.

As I was driving home, I thought, why not leave tonight, and pull over somewhere when I get tired?  Katie and I could have a little snack, a little nap, or I could even stop and have a nice breakfast somewhere.  

I drove to the storage lot and got the Palms, filled her tank, and brought her home.  I've got everything loaded and let me tell you... Katie is sticking to me like white on rice.  As I type this she is standing next to me on the couch, wagging her tale, and has a paw on my arm. 

Even though I'm going to be gone for four days, I haven't done a good job packing. I know I'll be in Kristy and Matt's house except to sleep, so I brought some snacks and drinks, hung some clothes and stowed the rest in a suitcase.  Katie's food, treats, and toys are packed. And that's about it.

The weather forecast says snow on the Grapevine, so I'm going the coast route - Highway 101.  I've never gone that way before, it's at least an extra hour, but I don't want to chance having a problem with the snow.  It's actually quite cold and windy right now, with high wind advisories for boats, so it's even windy along 101.  I hope the weather doesn't impact our trip. 

I'm not sure if I should get some sleep and start out around 3:00 am, or leave now.  I just checked the California Road Conditions site, and 101 is clear all the way up.  I think I'm going to take off now.

Wish me luck again!

From me and Katie - have a good evening! : )

18 comments:

  1. Good luck, and enjoy your first journey!! Whahoo!! :)

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  2. Good for you! Hope your first trip is just what you expect!

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  3. Good Luck and be safe. Enjoy your family.

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  4. Have a great maiden voyage. You will learn a lot this trip, so enjoy.

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  5. I'm excited for you! Drive carefully, be safe!

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  6. If you are going south and not taking the Grapevine but the 101 then you are passing right past me in the Santa Barbara area : )

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  7. All your blog friends wish you happy trails. I am thrilled you are on your way. Living vicariously through you for now. Keep us all posted. I am a bit jealous, your RV is splendid.

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  8. Bon Voyage, We will be watching to see how you made out on your First solo flight. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.

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  9. I am sooooooooooooooo excited for you!!! Happy Trails!

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  10. Travel safe!! Snow on the Grapevine in APRIL??? What is the world coming to. Global Weirding in full effect.

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  11. How exciting! I'm sure both you and Katie will have a wonderful time. Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  12. Way to go!!! An extra hour on the 101 is so much worthwhile. Great vistas and no big trucks. Enjoy your travels.

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  13. I've read your blog off and on since you started it but never commented. Today was different. As I read the entry today, a quote from a movie crossed my mind and seems to apply to you now. I figured you might what to know it. It is "I find I'm so excited; I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain."
    I could feel your excitement in the words you wrote and it made me happy for you.
    Good luck and thanks.

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  14. I know that excitement. I feel it everytime I plan a trip. Can't sleep the night before departure. Once on the road, it takes a while to begin to feel the reality of it all. Yes... I'm in an RV and I'm on the road heading somewhere. I'm not alone as I have my pets with me. I'll be alright. Then I relax and feel a smile begin to tug at my lips and I turn up the radio and begin to sing along. It's just the greatest.

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  15. Do drive carefully and have a wonderful time. We prefer 101 to I-5 when we are not in a hurry. Much more pleasant experience. Good luck and keep us posted.

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  16. Enjoy your maiden voyage. Safe travels to you.

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