I love to plan, and I especially love to plan a trip. I have to give myself a pat on the back because I do a helluva great job on it! I went through my maps and brochures today, took a deep breath, and probably discarded well over 50 or 60 maps. You may wonder how and where I could keep that many, but let me tell you the organization of them was a work of art.
I saved a few from surrounding states; I know I won't be driving to the east coast again (but I should never say "never"), but something hit me in the gut and I decided I'm not finished, not by a long shot!
I have two 3 ring binders with information tabbed by site I planned to visit, campground info, attractions, etc. The trip started off well except that I had just started taking a statin drug to lower my cholesterol, and by the time I reached Lake Superior I was really ill. I recovered after sleeping close to 18 hrs. and throwing the damned statins away, but cut the drive a bit short. On the way back to the west I had plans to visit all the southwestern National Parks, and that was the year the government shut down and closed the parks. I can't bring myself to throw the binder and all that info away, so I'm keeping it just in case I get a spurt of energy and an overwhelming desire to see those parks. If that doesn't work out then I plan to do something closer to home, maybe in N. CA. I wasn't born being strong-willed and hard-headed for no reason, and I ain't giving up now! (I'll just slow down a little and make slightly less ambitious plans.)
Tomorrow Steve and I are going shopping for some of the items to remodel my bathroom. Ceramic tile will replace the ugly formica wall board, a new tub and fixtures will be installed, a new toilet - one that is a bit higher rather than the kindergarten sized one that most builders like to use - new floor tiles, sink and vanity base. I will also paint the walls a very light color, and oh, I almost forgot, Steve is going to install a new, slightly larger window. My house tends to be dark (which also keeps the summer sun at bay), so the larger window will be a plus for letting in more light and air, while the sun is blocked by the house next to me. I can't wait to get started. I'm not sure I'm courageous enough to show a "before" photo, but I'll certainly show an "after"!
The Gypsy may be on the road again one of these days!
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