|So much beauty here on Madeline Island|
The Boundary Waters involved camping and things I hadn't done since I was a kid. It also was something that I never EVER saw myself doing, in my wildest dreams. At that time I was doing that cliché "discover myself" sort of thing after losing some weight and gaining my present fitness level. Cliché or not, it was a life changing period of time: I discovered the real person inside me was not afraid of everything, and more importantly, it was discovering that I can do what I want in spite of being afraid.
|Had the beach to ourselves|
Denver was flying for the first time and making sure I could navigate life without getting totally lost (and you can read that as on whatever sort of level you would like). Flying is something I do like! And getting lost is par for my course, so fortunately I will be with a lot of people and most importantly: that international calling plan. Haha. Hello, cute tour director, Daniele?? This is Debi. Again. Can you help me find my way back to the hotel? Again. Could happen! We will not discuss whether or not wine was involved.
Anyway, both trips have found me similarly affected but this time I went through the whole thing a week in advance. I think it was because school was keeping me from dealing with most of the things I wanted to do/buy/think about and once it was done- Bam! Uncontrolled mental chaos and panic.
And pretrip freaking out, which I am super good at.
|Rocks and trees|
So here I am today, feeling like I pretty much have things under control! It is the FIRST day since school has finished that I have NOT had plans for the day. I have a few ideas for what I want to do today, but nothing is set in stone. Sort of like my actual first day of summer vacation has finally arrived. The things left on my list are few- one I have to get clear plastic bags for my carry on, not green tinted and set up my little kindle thingy and download some books. And talk to my sister, who just finished school and is behind me in the whole whattheheckdoIneedandwheredoIbuyit point in preparations. She has the luxury of living in an area that actually HAS these things and doesn't have to Prime everything. But still, I know that feeling.
I was hoping to get out into my kayak sometime in the next couple days. Today does not look likely, it is super humid here- foggy even, and the weather will be a bit unsettled again. I am hoping for tomorrow! It has been a couple weeks and I really want to get out there. It might have to wait though. Otherwise, I am going to lay out the clothes I am going to wear, finish up odds and ends here and there, and generally organize a few things. And just enjoy a day of doing what I want.
|We all stand like this on the ferry- enthralled and absorbed|
Anyway, I suppose I should be getting on with my morning here. Whatever that morning brings will be fine. As long as I can find some joy in the mix! And you need to as well! :)
|Last night's sunset|