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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Off yet again....

Posted on 2010.05.12 at 09:02
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Tomorrow our daughter and I will be driving her new car (formerly ours) to California to report to her new duty station (US Coast Guard), once again in the Bay Area. We'll be five days on the road, after which we'll spend nearly a week with my sister, who lives about three hours north of San Francisco. Then I will fly back home.

May the rest of May be blest, for you who experience May as spring. For you in the south of the world, may it be a time of other-seasonal loveliness.

~ Mechtild


Comments:


Shirebound
shirebound at 2010-05-12 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you have a wonderful trip, perfect weather, and that the leave-taking isn't too difficult.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Shirebound. I hope we'll have fun.

Our daughter just finished up an eleven-week course in being a "Boatswain's Mate" in Yorktown, VA. She flew here first on Saturday for a few days at home. The cats are going to be SO SPOILED. She's been getting out their interactive toys (things at the ends of strings attached to rods that you can twitch and whisk around, making the toy behave like prey) every other hour and giving them long play sessions. They usually only get one! :)

The weather from here to western Colorado does not look that great, which is too bad. We really wanted to see the mountains, crossing the Rockies there, but they may be swathed in clouds. It may even snow.

After that, once we get out into the desert stretches, it looks like it's going to be clear with high's in the mid-seventies, very pleasant.

Edited at 2010-05-12 02:34 pm (UTC)
 Paulie
not_alone at 2010-05-12 14:30 (UTC) (Link)
Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip, Mechtild:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Paulie. Maybe when I get back there is a new chapter up. Woo hoo!
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Me, too! Thanks, Mews. And I hope you're continuing to feel better yourself. :)
Ann
just_ann_now at 2010-05-12 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoy hearing about your daughter. Have a wonderful, safe trip!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
She had a super time at "A School", Ann. She worked harder than she ever has in her life, because choice of assignments was based on class standing. She worked out everyday and held onto her top spot academically the whole time. That's how badly she wanted to get to Hawaii again! There did not turn out to be an assignment in Hawaii offered, but she took another spot on a 378 ft. cutter out of Alameda (right next to the ship she was on before, lol), on the chance that she'll be able to stay with its crew when that ship's home port is switched to Hawaii in a year.

But she had a great time at A School nonetheless. She said she was more sad than happy at graduation, because she'd had such fun with the people in her class. I asked if the instructors had liked working with them and she said one of them said it was the best group he'd had in a long time, hard workers, but also a group that all got along, no "issues".

When I was visiting my mom's last month I drove to Yorktown, specially, to bring Rachel up for a weekend. I was worried the two of them would never see each other again otherwise, Rachel going off to far-flung places, my mom nearly 87. Driving back and forth on I-95, each time I saw the "Fredericksburg" exit I thought of you. Or would I have to get off somewhere else if I'd wanted to drive out your way?

Now Rachel's basking in being a first-time car owner. We sold her our car, the one she learned to drive on when it was new in 2005, at a super "daughter rate". She's out in it now, getting her hair cut before we leave. I hope our the car we've ordered to replace it gets here while I'm gone, or I'm going to be taking the bus!
Ann
just_ann_now at 2010-05-12 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
If you drove by during normal working hours, you most certainly did drive right by me - we're clearly visible from the interstate, on the right hand side if you were heading north *waves to everyone*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 16:13 (UTC) (Link)
I drove down there on a Friday, drove back on a Sunday. What's the name of the school where you work, Ann? I had it in my head you worked for UVA or some part of it.
bagma
bagma at 2010-05-12 16:39 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you'll have a good trip! Five days on the road sounds a little daunting, at least to someone who lives in a country that you can cross in a four hour drive.:)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 17:33 (UTC) (Link)
I remember, from my visit to Europe ages ago, how I could take a train in Germany and go from the sea across farm country to rolling hills all the way to spectacular mountains, all in the same day! I loved that. Here the landscape is not that dissimilar, but it's much more spread out. You can drive all day in some parts of the country and it looks the same as the place you started from.

I just checked and our route on MapQuest and hypothetically it will be just over 2100 miles. We'll be driving a bit over 2450, because we are going to drop south to drive through the Colorado Rockies. Let me look that up in km's.... ah, 3942. That's pretty far. We could drive it in fewer days. Some people drive twenty-four hours a day, rotating drivers. But we're not going to do that. We want to enjoy the trip. I think 9 - 10 hours a day of driving is long enough, especially since I get creaky sitting in the same position for that long, lol. We're not spending a lot on hotels (I booked what I could find that looked decent enough but cheap), and Rachel gets a modest travel allowance from the Coast Guard that will pay her back for it in the end.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2010-05-12 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you have a wonderful trip! Enjoy!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Lavender. :)
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2010-05-12 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
Have a safe, talk-ative journey, lovely ladies, and a happy stay in the West.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-12 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I hope we have plenty say. :) We'll certainly have the time to say it!!
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2010-05-12 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
That's a very long drive! It's around about the same distance as driving from Perth to Sydney. Five days sounds about right!

Enjoy the time with your daughter on your trip. I wish her all the very best for her future. It seems like it will be a bright one.

Safe journey.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-13 02:59 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I hadn't thought of it but you're right. Somehow, Perth to Sidney sounds longer still.

Thanks for the good wishes, Maewyn. :)
julchen11
julchen11 at 2010-05-14 20:52 (UTC) (Link)
Have a wonderful trip, perfect weather and lots of fun, sweetheart!
Love,
Julchen
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-16 03:42 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm reading your comment from the road, Julchen. We are still two days away from our goal. There's been some pretty wonderful scenery, with more to come, we hope. :)
bagendbabe at 2010-05-16 21:32 (UTC) (Link)
Have a wonderful trip, Mechtild. It sounds lovely :-)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-18 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, BEB. I'm in CA right now, on a borrowed computer.
frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2010-05-17 13:24 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you'll have a good and enjoyable trip! *hugs*
Mechtild
mechtild at 2010-05-18 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
We have arrived in California, and have another week here. Just borrowed this computer for a mo', so "HI!" from California!
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