Sunday, April 28, 2013

North to Alaska 2013


For over a year my husband, Richard, and I have been planning a major trip to Alaska.   All along we said we would pack the bus well in advance of our departure slated for this day at 6:00 am.  We only missed that goal by five and a half hours, which is not bad since we are going to be gone four and one-half months.

During our travels, I’ll try to blog a little at the end of each day so our family and friends know where we are and what we are up to.  The thing I am looking forward to the most about this trip (our fourth trip in twenty years) is having our adult kids and their families fly to meet us for a week each in Alaska.     

Four hours into our trip, Richard stopped for his afternoon nap.  My dear husband’s naps are famous among our family and friends.  No one bothers to call him in the late afternoon.  He is sound asleep in his bed, with the heating blanket going strong (more on this at a later date).   Cell turned off and I’m left with instructions on what time to wake him up for whatever is next on his list.  You can be sure it isn’t just sitting around watching the time fly by. 

No, Richard is like the energizer bunny.  He just keeps moving.  I think his motto is A MOVING TARGET IS HARD TO HIT.  I’m thrilled he has so much get-up-and-go.  The problem is he expects me to get up and go every time he moves, but my get up and go, got up and went a long time ago. 

We recently bought a NEATO Robot vacuum cleaner.  My cousin and her husband, Debbie and Dennis, have one and I fell in love with it.  You schedule it to clean the whole house or certain rooms on a certain day and it will take off on its own when the time comes.  If his battery power runs out, he goes back to his station, docks and when his battery is recharged he goes right back where he left off and finishes the job.

I call this little guy Raylan after Timothy Olyphant’s character on JUSTIFIED.  I LOVE this show, and nothing makes me giddier than sitting in my recliner, feet up, watching US Marshall Raylan Givens at work while Robot Raylan (RR) vacuums my floors.  Doesn’t get any better than that.

Anyway, Richard reminds me of RR.  He goes until his battery runs out and then he docks and recharges.  Next thing you know, he’s gone again.  Two small differences between these two are I don’t have to feed RR and I don’t have to clean Richard’s dust bin.

For the next two weeks, we will be in Lincolnton, Georgia for two music festivals.  The Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival next weekend and the Jeff and Shari Easter’s Lewis Family Homecoming the following weekend.  We’ll be visiting with family and friends during that time.  In the evening, I’ll give you the highlights of the activities.

Until next time,

Dolores

 

16 comments:

  1. hey i have © on that picture lol

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    1. That's okay, son. I have a copyright on you too, but you are posted on other sites, too. Lol Love ya!

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  2. Can't wait for your daily reports. I'm sure they'll be the highlight of my days.

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  3. Sounds like the adventure is just beginning! Can't wait to see more posts!

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  4. A vacation to Alaska, a nap, AND a robotic vacuum? You are living the dream! :) I look forward to following your posts about your adventure!

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    1. Since you didn't enter your name, and since I only have two people in Alaska on my list, and one already commented, I'm assuming this is Kathy. Let me know if it is. And I can't wait to get there, either. I'll let you know when we get closed. Dolores

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  6. Oh..and please tell Bonnie, Lil Roy & Lizzie that I said Hey and wish I could be there for the festivals. Especially going to miss a trip or two to the Chicken House and Goulsby's :(

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  7. Love it! Can't wait to join yall in July!

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  8. What a wonderful way to begin a fantastic vacation with good friends and great music.

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  9. "I don’t have to feed RR and I don’t have to clean Richard’s dust bin." Hahahahahaaaaa... it's starting off as the perfect road trip already.

    Oh, Little Roy and Lizzie! I remember seeing them at your place in December and how great they were. They'll be happy to see you, I know.

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  10. "I think his motto is A MOVING TARGET IS HARD TO HIT." And who exactly is trying to hit him? Maybe his wife when he's trying to get her to move?

    Prayers go with you on your journey. Can't wait to hear what happens first. With you, it could be anything.

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  11. Thanks to everyone for your great comments. This is going to be fun. Keep in touch. Dolores

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  12. Hi, looking forward to read about your adventures. Les Bons Temps. Let the Good Times Roll

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    1. Thanks, Bob. Say hi to Ginny for me.

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  13. Hi Doloares,

    Happy trails to you and Richard. I'll be reading along with you. What are you reading? I remember the Dana Stabenow summer

    Ellen

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