Monday, June 22, 2015

Adventures and firsts

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.


  1. The first time I flew in a commercial plane was up to Alaska which changed my entire life. I stayed, got married and then moved back to be closer to family and friends. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss the Mts. I lost my breath and dropped some tears at the beauty of seeing Mt. Mckinley for the first time. Enjoy your firsts and safe travels.
    'love & hugs from afar'
    p.s. My bro in law had his own small plane, so I already knew I loved flying.

    1. See, this is what I mean, I love the support that I have gotten in the last few days when I started telling people about this. Y'all are awesome!
      Thanks for sharing your memories!

  2. Flying lately has started to be less about a good experience for the passengers and only about profits for the airlines. It is not as fun or nice as it was. Wear comfortable clothes, travel as light as you can, and understand all the hidden fees. Have a great time!

    1. Lol, well regardless of the intention lately, I am all ready to go and have a great time! I just want to see it all! I ended up checking us in on line and printing the boarding passes, so I am aware of the fees. I kept texting my traveling partner and he kept saying NO, just NO to the fees. :) Thanks so much!