This morning I woke up with leg cramps before 7 am and decided to just stay up. I knew I'd never make it through the day without a nap, and I was right. So now I just woke up for the 2nd time today!
I finally took my bed comforter to a laundromat that had a large capacity washer, and now it's clean and hanging on the line to dry. I should go check on it soon and maybe turn it over so the other side gets some sun. I also picked up my down sleeping bag at Joe's house. Looking at current and average highs and lows where I'll be traveling I was worried about keeping warm at night. The down sleeping bag will do that on its own, and the comforter is so cushy I like to fold it up and sleep on top of it as well. Now I'm not sure I want to chance getting it dirty again in campsites, so I may just take a cheap quilt I have that can also be used as extra covering if I find myself in a really cold situation.
I'm not used to being able to star gaze at night because of the glow from city lights, and when I'm camping I've always gone to bed when the sun goes down and awakened when it comes back up. I normally leave the fly off my tent since the top is mesh and I like seeing the starry skies when nature wakes me up in the night. Maybe this time I will stay awake a little longer or else during the night when I wake up anyway.
I can't remember which commenter suggested a rack for my cooler so that foods aren't sitting in ice melt. I got one today at K-Mart that will fit the cooler perfectly! I know it never fails that ice melt gets its way inside plastic containers of all kinds, so I'm grateful for the suggestion. Now why didn't I think of that?
My sister has invited everyone to meet at Old Spaghetti Factory tomorrow evening to celebrate Stephanie's (her daughter) birthday. I hadn't planned to go because it is just so close to my leaving and I really get anxious the week before a long trip. I've decided I will go however, and if I don't eat much at least I can raise a pint to my niece's 24th! I will miss Ara's 24th at the end of September because I'll have to be on my way, but will be there for her Papa's birthday on Sep. 17th (my ex husband, Bill). I told her that I will celebrate with her and we will both drink to the old man!
I miss that old codger every time I set out on a trip, because as I've said many times, we couldn't get along except when we were traveling. Then, he was the best traveling partner anyone could want and we always had a good time from when the kids were little and we took them places up to camping trips with them the last few years of his life when they were adults. I hope he travels along with me in spirit at least. He would understand perfectly that I'm getting old and just want to take it easy and see everything I can along the way. But he would be shaking his head (in silence, thankfully) every time I change my mind and take off on a different road than I had planned. (Well, mostly in silence. He would be saying "What the hell have you been doing all that planning for when you aren't going to follow the plan.)
I'm really tied up in knots right now and still have to live through Friday and Saturday. The siren song of the road is getting louder and louder, and more beautiful as well.
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