Bob and I have talked about taking a trip to Alaska for several years. When we mentioned the possibility to his cousin and her husband they decided they would like to share the adventure with us. But it was always in the future . . . "when we retire".
Well the future arrived and I discovered I wasn't as mentally prepared as I thought I would be. Surprisingly it's somewhat scary to pack up and say goodbye to your family, your home, and even your pets and to realize that you won't be back for at least 3-4 months. I did a lot of procrastinating which I paid for in the end. The past few days have been a blur of frantic activity and frazzled nerves. It has seemed like anything that could go wrong did go wrong.
But we are now relaxing in a campground in Virginia on our way to Pennsylvania to meet up with our traveling companions. It's actually happening! We're going to do this. Wow!