Watching Time Fly

Sand seeps in a stream
Grains finding their own level
Hourglass time flies

The packing is nearly complete. It is a matter of checking and double checking the list in case something has been forgotten. Flying is still more complicated in the US than in Europe according to several Graduate Students. They say that the ruled enforced by Homeland security are silly. In Europe no one takes off their shoes and there is no prohibition of fingernail clippers, pocket knives with blades under 3 inches, batteries, or baby formula over 2 ounces! We will be checking a bag since we have lots of “contraband” that can’t be carried into the passenger cabin. Basically we have what are called “TOTT”s that is Tools Of The Trade. For geocachers it will include a big magnet on a telescoping handle, a mirror on a telescoping handle, a multi-tool (pliers/saw/knives/screwdriver/awl), flashlights, batteries, and a multitude of miscellaneous little things like a scroller and a tick puller and some swag. Oh and my walking stick. I can’t function without the stick! Anyway the check bag will also have some of our “just in case” clothing. We will be renting a car and theoretically our first stop after getting the car will be at a grocery/Walmart to get a disposable cooler and some food. Traveling for a week means that we will try to eat out only once a day. The hotels all have complimentary continental breakfasts and lunches will be out of the cooler to cut down on expenses.
The only other things that have to be done involve paying bills and making arrangements to have the mail collected. It is times like this that I’m glad we don’t have any pets. When Ranger was still alive it was always a chore to find accommodations. Most of the time we had to have one of the boys come over and stay at the house to take care of him. The few times we boarded him, he would come home hoarse from barking and have such intestinal upset that it was just too hard on him and us. One time early in his life we took him back to the breeder’s place for boarding. He came home with bite marks on his nose and a matted mess. Seems she turned him out into a field with her own “pack” and they didn’t take too kindly to him. He spent the rest of the time locked in a stall in the barn. He must have eaten his weight in horse manure and what he didn’t eat he rolled in… Yeah, no dogs now and I’m pretty content with that.
Time is flying and this marks week 6 in the countdown to retirement. When we get back from our vacation it will be week 4 and I’ll be in crunch time.

29 thoughts on “Watching Time Fly

  1. Have fun! I hear ya on the dog…last week we went to pick our son up from college and up until 5 days before we left, I completely forgot to make arrangements for the dog. Total brain fart. After raising kids for 27 years, I’m tired of taking care of creatures, both human and animal. Love my dog but I won’t be getting another down the road.

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  2. My trip is coming closer and I’m beginning to get worried about it. I’m forcing myself to not start packing until June (I leave June 14.) Hope you have a wonderful time, and that you can survive crunch time when you get home.Why don’t youi come visit me after you retire? Bring saintvi too. That would be fun.

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  3. Since we drive every where we take the boys. Luckily though most chain hotels take dogs. We have stayed at Laquinta enough they no longer charge us a pet deposit.

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      1. Sometimes like when we were working on the estate last weekend we leave them behind. We were home twice the first day to let them out but stayed at MIL that night so the next morning my mom let them out. They enjoy time at home sometimes. Rex has been laying on our bed in the camper as I work. He is ready to go I think.

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            1. Ranger was OK but he didn’t like in town driving but highway was good. He LOVED the car. After a trip he’d try to get into the garage and if successful would circle the car trying to find a way in! Our previous dog was good in the car after she outgrew her puppy excitement.

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  4. I wish you a good trip …in Europe ( if I have well understood ).
    Afterwards, Val, the retirement line will be nearer. I don’ t think you will be bored during the retirement you have so many activities . You will be overwhelmed ! 🙂
    I liked your comment on my latest post , You have a good eye ! 🙂
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    1. Dear Michel I wish we were going to Europe but alas we are going to Texas – which is a different world but still in the USA. If I were going to Europe I’d ask to meet you in person!!

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  5. We are already in Texas. We’ve found caches at Antique Archaeology (American Pickers store), a state park that houses the oldest cache in Iowa, the last concert venue and plane crash site of Buddy Holly, a Very Cool Little Free Library and TB Hotel, Iowa State University (a webcam cache) an old, isolated cemetery that houses the oldest geocache in Nebraska, and the Necropolis of Britannia Manor III cache in the Austin area. We’re at my MIL’s house out in the boonies of Texas hill country tonight and tomorrow night, will spend Thursday night with friends in Waco. We’ll find you sometime Friday. If you get to Ft. Worth before us and go to pick up your packets, you have my permission to grab ours as well. Just send me a text and let me know. It’s been a fun trip so far, and we managed to dodge all the tornadoes!

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    1. I can try but I think you have to have ID – at least for the VIP packages… We are planning on doing the Hops with Signal and to pick up packets on Thursday night since we get into the airport at 9:38 AM.

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    2. I can try but I think you have to have ID – at least for the VIP packages… We are planning on doing the Hops with Signal and to pick up packets on Thursday night since we get into the airport at 9:38 AM.

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  6. I hope you are having a grand time in Texas. So you are going to retire? That is news to me. You look so young to be retiring Val. But what fun though to look forward to it. Thank you for your comment on my post. That’s how I was able to come here. For some reason I don’t see you in my Reader List.
    All the best to you always.

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    1. I wish I knew how to fix the issue… But I’ll continue to read and comment! I’m retiring on June 30th. They offered the “golden handshake” which was too good to pass up. I was planning to retire in another 2 years anyway. I’m hoping to work on a couple of projects that should keep me busy!

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