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When I was little, I used to secretly make fun of Mom whenever we were getting ready to go on a trip.  I mean, seriously, she was obsessed with the weirdest things!  All the toilets had to be clean, the beds made, the whole house vacuumed, the refrigerator sparkling.

And while I still can’t exactly explain the compulsion to have everything clean (other than the thrill of coming home and everything is already done… except the 15 loads of laundry you managed to dirty on the trip…), I can now sympathize.  My list of things to accomplish before we walk out the door tomorrow is far more focused on household chores than actual packing.

Still, things are coming together, and we are super excited.  We got our rental car today, which is always a thrill, simply because you don’t know what it will be until you get there.  Our car for the week is fabulous (for us) – a 4×4 2014 Jeep Patriot.  Plenty of room for us and all of our gear (plus a million souvenirs we’ll pick up along the way) for the next nine days.  (I was going to post a pic, but the world of technology is not cooperating!)

Even though tomorrow will be a long day of driving (and is going to start very early), we can hardly wait.


Sarah E. McCafferty

August 2013

it’s in the past