I will be experiencing some firsts here in the next day or so! I am going to actually fly for the first time and also see mountains! Mountains not through the window of a bus, or just felt as we slid up and down the seats (or one time the aisle) in the middle of the night.
It will also be the first time I have been west of Missouri, unless you count the middle of freaking no where North Dakota, which I try to blot out of my childhood collection of memories. But that is a different story all together.
I am headed to Denver on an airplane and my friend and I have exactly 3 missions. To hike in the Denver area. To drive in the mountains. To eat as much ethnic food that we can possibly fit in. And I have one more mission and that is to see my friend Lori, who I miss with my heart and soul and I can't wait to see and hug and talk with and laugh and smile at. :) We do not want to over plan this trip, since it isn't a long one. But we want to have a list of alternatives and ideas.
This trip all started when I hesitantly admitted to the Mad-English teacher that I had never flown, this was probably 2 - 3 years ago. Before I booked my trip to Italy last fall. He said to me then that I should tell him when and he would meet me at the airport and we could fly somewhere- even like Florida- where we could arrive, walk around the area a little and then get back on a plane and fly back. Now at the time that sounded fun, but obviously that didn't happen. So this idea has cropped up here and there, Seattle was discussed along with a few other places. Denver was settled on because of the whole mountain thing, but I am getting ahead of myself.
When I booked my trip to Italy next summer, I knew that I really really needed to be on an airplane before I flew for 12 hours in one shot. It just seemed like a good idea for me, personally. Originally the plan was to stay just overnight and then it was stretched out a bit, because for heavens sakes, if you are going- you might as well stay a few days.
I am a little hesitant about admitting that I have never flown before at the age of 50 something, as someone in my past found the need to ridicule me for such a thing. And I think I was my 30's - I don't even remember who it was, but it sort of stayed with me. I realize now that really that is no reason to feel bad, the trips I have gone on were by bus. It isn't that I have never gone anywhere, I just never had a chance to go on a plane! Whatever! Wouldn't it be nice if all people were as encouraging as the folks in my life are right now?? I have had so many people tell me how I will love it, how it is like a big bus, that I won't have claustrophobia, and even sent me pix out the window from an airplane ride in progress. I have amazing friends and relatives.
So I have thought through this whole thing, and I have decided I am not really afraid to fly. I am a little nervous/anxious about it, just because it will be brand new. I have had enough people talk to me about what will happen that I know I will be fine. And I have an awesome buddy who will be there to talk to- undoubtedly without stopping for the entire 2 hour trip. :)
So, mountains- I have been to New York twice and to Florida twice and each time I have barely seen the eastern range through the bus window at night or in the early morning when everything was fuzzy. Or, I felt the bus rolling up and down as we headed south.... I have always been bummed out about that. So it will be mountains with a vengeance for us! YAY! And if you have been following along, you know that the Mad-English teacher and I are all about the hiking (or kayaking or biking or snowshoeing) so we will be in a good place.
I have had to have a sister consultation about this whole packing for an airplane thing- she is such a peach! So I am all ready for the adventure, this evening before departing. I am a bit nervous people!! I am not worried about any of it other than I am just plain old anticipating a new experience.
So as you can imagine- pictures will be forthcoming. Stay tuned! :)
There will be some joy involved! Have a fantastic week.