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Before the Plane

sunny 58 °F

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The day has finally come when we will see this image out the window. The window of a plane that is! At 7:44 pm tonight, we leave for San Francisco, and at 10:47, we leave to Oz (AUSTRALIA)!

Word of the day (we will each have one every day)
Annie: Barbie= the barbecue (not to be confused with Ken's girlfriend)

Auntie:

Weeks of planning and arranging planes, and rooms and tours and events have all come down to today and finally the planning will stop and the trip will begin. Thank heavens!

This trip started out many years ago when, after pleading she wanted to come with me on my next trip, I promised my niece that when she was older she could travel with me to faraway places. Annie immediately wanted a numerical quantification to the term "older" and so we set an age at which she would be deemed to be older. And more importantly she had her Mother agreed to the trip at that age. And then the years passed. Annie did not forget the promise and as the proper age approached the talk turned to where it was she wanted to go on her "birthday" trip. Lots of options were tried on and discarded until she finally settled on Australia where I had lived for a number of years.

This trip is the fulfillment of that promise made many, many years ago. And as all adults come to know, a lot more than just your age can change over the years. But a promise is a promise, or so I learned from my Father. So off we go. Each day we will, to the best of our abilities, try to record our thoughts. A section labeled Annie, written by Annie and a section labeled Auntie written by myself, the older member of this traveling pair. We hope you enjoy our musings and welcome your comments.

W.O.T.D.: Hoo roo= goodby, see you later (Hoo roo Portland and Mount Hood!)

Posted by AnneAuntie 02:49 Archived in Australia Tagged family_travel

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