Countdown to Chaos (er… California)

Muir Beach from trail

The mental count-down to “departure” computes differently in my brain now than it did in childhood.  While it used to be all I could do to contain a launch, now I must contend with holding the mail, boarding the dog, mowing the lawn and work (not in that order) -and it all messes with my unbridled enthusiasm.

I cannot wait until I board my California bound flight on Thursday afternoon!  I just hope that I’ll have managed to pick up Hannah from soccer conditioning and dropped Lily off to boarding before I hop in my niece’s car for the ride to the airport.  It was SO much easier when all I had to remember was a good book, my journal and a puzzle magazine.  Oh yeah… and a toothbrush.  Dedicated dental hygiene began early over here.

My prayer is always to forget socks or underwear or… the toothbrush.  I can easily replace all of those virtually anywhere.  Harder to find would be a camera battery, hotel reservation or running shoes.   Note:  I have sadly forgotten the battery, and once in early sleep-deprived motherhood, even forgotten the camera.  I have slept in a car for lack of a hotel reservation and gas to get to the next exit.  -But never ever ever forgotten my running shoes.

Think I’ll sleep in them Wednesday night, just to be sure…

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*This time:  Newport Beach, Yosemite NP, Mammoth Lakes…

17 Comments to Countdown to Chaos (er… California)

  1. Have a fun trip, Heather. Can’t WAIT for the posts!!!

    I have a fear of forgetting my battery camera too, and extra cards and the tripods and…. 😀

    Hugs, JJ

  2. Meant camera battery and where did the j come from in my last name?. LOL Can you tell I am just back from a trip and sick?

    Hugs, JJ

  3. MrNiceGuy

    interesting blog site

  4. Have a good and safe trip.

    I just dropped my oldest off at Port Columbus. He’s on his way to Chicago and then Seattle (with the final destination, via mini-van, Vancouver). It’s his first flying trip alone.

    I think he has everything he needs. Well, he’s certainly got everything ne *needs* … money, passport, a note for the border guards … the rest, as you mention, can be replaced almost anywhere.

  5. have a great trip and thanks for dropping by, my camera is a Samsung S73 with a large memory, holds 2 15 minute videos or up to 500 or more still pics.

  6. Heather

    JJ: Sorry you’re not feeling well! You didn’t eat any of those cheese puffs you were tossing to the seagulls, did you?? Excellent photos!
    MrNiceGuy: You ARE nice! Thank you.
    Delmer: Ow. Maybe it’s not as hard for dads? I went through the same deal with my oldest a couple of months ago. You watch them head for security and wonder just how much they’ve paid attention over the years! ~But the whole trip went well… Sounds like a terrific adventure for your son!!
    mee mOe: Thank you. The videos are a nice addition! I kept wanting to stick a toe into the surf!

  7. LOL…You hit the nail on the head! I tend to always pack at the last minute myself.

    Have fun 🙂

  8. Trisha Pearson

    I know what you mean – preparing for departure is a lot of work. Have a great vacation!

  9. Keith

    Yeah! You will make California a better place 🙂

    At Newport Beach, you’ll be at one of my playgrounds……..Davey’s Locker. It’s a great place to rent a boat and fish in the harbor. Did it many times.

    Have a SUPER GREAT time. If I wasn’t married, I swear I’d try and track you down 🙂

    But instead I’ll just wish you an awesome time and look forward to your posts!!!!!!!!!

    Your blogger friend Keith.

  10. Have a wonderful trip, Heather!

  11. rino

    Hi Heather,
    I hope you are having a nice time there in California and not having a chaotic time. Did you not forget the laptop?

  12. Patrick: I’m a great packer when I have the luxury of focused time, but it’s always a challenge when the kids are headed in a different direction (as in the opposite coast!).
    Thanks Trisha. So far, it’s been great!
    Keith: Newport was terrific, and I loved running the Upper Bay area trail. Wish we’d had time to fish; maybe next time… We flew north this morning and plan to hit Yosemite in a couple of days. I do like your state!
    Graham: Thanks much. -Hard to go wrong with warm temperatures and lovely scenery!
    Rino: All is quite wonderful, thanks! Days kind of fly by when you’re having fun -and I have limited internet access at times this week. I look forward to sharing some of the “adventures” when I get home to Ohio.

  13. Enjoy your trip, can’t wait to read about your adventure (hopefully it was an adventure)

  14. Keith

    Yosemite was awesome. Love it there. Enjoy!

  15. Heather

    Cate: Thanks! ~Spent some time in San Francisco the last couple of days and thought of your wonderful article on train travel as I rode the BART from suburb to city, Tomorrow: Yosemite. Can’t wait!
    Keith: I wish we had more than a couple of days, but I do think we’ll enjoy the time we have there! What are your favorite hikes and spots in the park?

  16. I’ve always been paranoid with forgetting my passport before flying overseas. I must check it 20 or 30 times and keep feeling for that reasssuring square book in my pocket. It doesn’t stop me forgetting other things which I should be equally (or almost equally) concerned about.

  17. Heather

    Limits in time and space seem to trigger all those “did I really remember” reflexes. I try to do a calm search through my brain rather than a frantic scramble through luggage, but that is definitely a learned skill!
    I put “passport renewal” on my computer calendar and am getting daily reminders that it’s time to start the process. I harbor fantasies of spontaneous travel. ~And that, ironically, requires the unspontaneous discipline of a current passport!

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