Countdown: 2 Days

Eeep!  It’s getting really close!  I am simultaneously excited and anxious, often leaning more toward the anxious side.  I know that once I arrive in Spokane, WA, and even more in Slocan, BC, the travel jitters will calm down and I’ll be almost 100% excited for this new adventure, but right now packing and making sure all the little details are in place are the things at the front of my mind.

Speaking of packing, I’m 75-80% packed, I hope. I gave up on the hope of only taking one checked bag about two days ago when I packed my tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag into my fancy-dancy wheeled duffel… and found that they took up 85+% of the bag.  Oh well.  Most of my clothes are now happily packed in another duffel, thankful that I didn’t need to resign many of the Chosen Ones to staying at home after all.

Readers, please do learn a lesson from me and don’t only skim paperwork/e-mails when you get them.  For the second time, my failure to fully read requirements in a timely fashion nearly got me in to trouble: I realized today when filling out a form that I needed my immunization record, which my dad thought we didn’t have and would need to see the doctor for (this is Friday night at dinner, mind you).  Thankfully, Mom remembered that we had a copy of a pretty recent one in the file drawers somewhere and dug it out. Yay, Mom!  Boo, the dangers of procrastination!

I’ll promise one more update tomorrow night before I head off, and then I’ll see you when I see you (or rather, I’ll write you when I write you)!

P.S. Dear Culver, can I get any kind of endorsement money for wearing your logo frequently in the-middle-of-nowhere Canada?  I’ve got 5 reg rec shirts, 3 shorts, and 1 pair of sweatpants with Culver stamped all over them.  Maybe I’ll recruit some more hockey players!

Fit my tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag into the duffel but there's not room for much more!

Fit my tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and tool bag into the duffel but there’s not room for much more!

The chaos of packing

The chaos of packing

Culver represent!

Culver represent!

Also representing the National Park Service with Dad's old sweatshirt

Also representing the National Park Service with Dad’s old sweatshirt

I got Hamilton in there too :)

I got Hamilton in there too 🙂

The second duffel bag mostly packed

The second duffel bag mostly packed

One thought on “Countdown: 2 Days

  1. Only concerned about how you will carry all this to campsite but you carry that extremely heavy backpack on the train trips so I know you can handle these bags somehow. Happy travels!

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