Out of the frying pan and into
I'm leaving for the west coast tomorrow...off to visit my beloved sister in Portland, OR, for five days yes, she's related to me, can ya believe it?? then off to the coast and Oceanside, OR, for a week with my beloved girlfriends, some of whom I've known since I've been six years old...ten of us sans kids, husbands, boyfriends, and work for an entire week. After being spread throughout the country for the past 20+ years, we took our first trip together during the summer we all turned 40 and decided it needed to happen every five years. So here we are, celebrating turning 45...for some of us our 39th year of knowing each other...a rare phenomenon.
My plan is to travel light -- one bag, travel clothes, hiking boots and They that Dwell in the Underworld there appears to be something missing....
...I'm leaving my wonderful travel bicycle at home.
WHY AM I LEAVING MY WONDERFUL TRAVEL BICYCLE AT HOME?!!??
Packing ten of us into two vehicles departing Portland, then into a house means space is at a premium...
ANDsince I'm not taking my planned mountainous bicycle trip this summer I don't need to stay in cycling shape...
ANDgiven our last trip together, lazy days spent reconnecting are what this trip is about -- that can't as easily be done if I'm off on the bike missing the ritual of making breakfast, hanging out with coffee and deciding what to do for the day...and then doing it...
have I convinced myself yet???So, why the frying pan?
After the week we've had here in midwest, I was so looking forward to Portland's typical 80-degree July temps, but...
Oceanside, however, is predicted to have its normal July highs in the lower-to-mid 70s while we're there...whew!
- O still a hottie B