Packing a suitcase usually done last minute– this trip has had us packing and preparing for one year. Last night we finished after a final 4 hour marathon to make it all fit, to remove what seemed to be oh so very necessary, to add things that likely are really necessary and still…I wonder what I’ve forgotten. Packing for all the seasons, packing light, thinking about layering, adding items that likely can’t be purchased are just some of the many considerations.
Glitches will occur, but how we respond to each will make or break the moment. I’m aiming for allowing mishaps and misadventures to roll off my back and adopting the serenity prayer for the majority of the trip. Last night my camera decided to break. Today we will buy a new one, lucky that we can, fortunate that it broke last night, and finally its one of three cameras that will be making the journey–so it never would have been a large problem. We could not check in on Air Canada, but we are not alone in that concern, we will check in at the airport and deal with it that time.
The neighbors are taking care of our home and cats and we are so very fortunate to have a subdivision of neighbors that we call friends. Our puppies are off to have their vacation at their kennel. I’ve paid our bills, organized our bills for the next few weeks, suspended services and done all that is needed to leave the country. We have downloaded movies, books, and games to keep us occupied. We have figured out when to take our malaria pills and have read through one more time the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness.
While we are gone, the world will keep on. Our second grandchild will be born sometime on this trip. We pray for health and wellness of our family’s newest addition, and fervently hope that one day our children and grandchildren will continue to have opportunities for adventure in their lives.
The last few weeks we have received so many messages of good will via email, text, phone call or in person. We will take each of you with us as we journey to the roof of Africa, adventure on Safari and rest on the beaches of Zanzibar. It will certainly be an incredible journey. To the top!