So, it's done. After over a month of saying goodbye to almost everyone more than once, we are now on the road. I have to say that I said so many goodbyes it was just surreal and I was not that emotional. I think over time I will start to miss everyone and it will hit me, but now it's exciting being on the road and seeing friends and family in the U.S.
We managed to pack 6 full suitcases, 2 carry-ons, and my double case. Our rental car was not nearly big enough...so we are in a huge SUV and on the opposite side of the road for a few weeks. So far I'm doing okay driving a tank and no mishaps!
My excellent friend Gretchen and her husband John are putting us up in New Haven, Connecticut this week. I met Gretchen way back when we were at Aspen Music Festival, we were next door neighbors. They have a 3 1/2 year old, Edie. She and Patrick are having a great time hanging out at Monkey Joe's, playing in the back yard, and taking the wagon to the park. You know your friends are great when they are such gracious hosts and make every effort to just let us blend in with their everyday life.
Keith enjoyed his birthday with beer, a movie, and a drink at a cool bar named Pacifico while Gretchen & John watched Patrick.
Tomorrow we move on to Massachusetts. My Mom's family is from Duxbury, and my grandparents are buried at Massachusetts National Cemetary. We will make a trip to their graves before going to my Aunt Karen's house. This is a nostalgic part of the trip for me, as to go to places I went many times in my childhood.