The house is clean. The clothes are all washed, ironed and put away. The bin of extra ice is full and bottled drinks are at the ready. There's non-refrigerated food on hand too. Pool maintenance is done and the water level is down just a bit to allow for rainfall. The gas tank in the car is full. The cell phones are charged. We have extra cash on hand. The checklist is pretty much complete; I think we're ready.
Oh, wait...you probably thought I was talking about storm preparations, didn't you. Nah, we weren't too concerned about potential Hurricane, no, Tropical Storm now Depression Karen. Oh, we watched the updates and I did store away a few loose things on the back patio but it looks like she knew we here on the northern Gulf Coast all took in the welcome mats. The latest tracks all show her making a hard right and skipping us altogether, thanks in part to the cold front our friends and family in Kansas sent our way. And we're pretty darn happy about that news. We've had enough rain this summer; send it somewhere else.
That list in the first paragraph is, however, the kind of things we'd be hoping to accomplish if we were getting ready for a storm but in this case we're prepping for a trip. We're heading out in the morning...off to the mountains of North Carolina with our friends, Hiram and Bonnie. And after a couple of days there, we're all motoring on north to Ohio for a few days with Dr. Dale and Carol. That should be fun for sure. While we've visited Dale and Carol, and Hiram and Bonnie have visited Dale and Carol, we've never all six of us been there together. Amish country may never be the same.
Then my buddy and I are taking the long road home, hoping to see something different and maybe a little fall color in the process. And, as you might have guessed, there will be some caching along the way too.
I hope to find an opportunity to share a little of the trip with you here on the blog but we'll just have to see. Word is AT&T signals are iffy in the mountains and we know from experience they're non-existence in Holmes County, Ohio. That's a shame, too, as I'm ready to put my pretty, new phone through its paces now that the AT&T guy confessed he forgot to give me all the steps I needed to restore the information from my old phone. The frustrations of the other night have been replaced with delight in exploring all the new features of the phone.
So we're off for a little fall fun. Behave yourselves while we're gone.