Oh my, the list is long and the excitement is building. We are hooking up to Mini and pulling out of our driveway in about 24 hours! I will likely be awake until we do, checking lists, running to the store (we aren't going to the wilds of Alaska but I feel like I want Mini all ready with what she needs!), packing bins (which go in the back of the truck), packing Mini (advice was to jam her tight so when we are on the road things don't get tumbled about), dealing with last-minute bills, tenants, packing the briefcase with all our papers (for Mini, for Miss O, including passports!) saying Good-Bye to Comcast (and that hefty $200 plus monthly bill) and forwarding mail (forwarding to a loved one to review for emergency letters/packages we might need to follow up on en route). And, we have been back and forth about taking Miss O on the trip but she is coming! And, so in preparation, I am giving her a bath, making sure she has her launch-ball for exercise (and tennis balls), her dental water additive (brand new bottle), her leash, here gentle leader, lots of poop bags, Benedryl (sorry girlfriend, but you may be enjoying a medicated slumber now and again...hey, it was the vet's orders for our Nervous Nellie), and her meds (K9 Advantix and Interceptor Plus). Not wanting to leave the house in a shambles (looks like a pre-adventure bomb went off this morning with papers everywhere, bins half-packed, washed and cleaned clothes folded into piles all around and dishes needing to be cleaned out of the dishwasher) I am vacuuming and making beds and doing one last load of dishes before we leave town.
It's exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Tonight is the last night in our wonderful home for what could be months ("What will I miss and what should I take," I wonder as I walk around trying to remember everything). Tomorrow is about 5 or 6 hours into New York. And, the next night is about 5 or 6 more hours farther into New York. "No worries, Mam, lots of room here," I was told by the campground staff I called to make reservations for both New York campgrounds, "This is past Labor Day and mid-week." So far so good. Friday we arrive in Toledo (and get to sleep in a house) for a great weekend with the Markley clan.
Stay tuned! Next post will be literally from the road (I am all set for wifi and iTunes and keeping my laptop powered up as I sit in the co-pilot's seat, with two gadgets I bought from Best Buy). Or that first on-adventure post may be from a campsite with my feet up with my wonderful husband, Ken (aka Rusty) and Miss O by my side! Or, with rain expected in New York on Thursday, I may be posting from inside our new tiny home!
And that is how it will go....we will just embrace what is next. We will awake each morning and ask, "OK, day, what do you have in store for us?"
Comfy little family inside Mini!