Fréjus, France

Fréjus, France
Aqueduc Romain

Friday, June 20, 2008

And we're off...

The last week was one of the most stressful of my entire life! All the books I read on moving abroad warned that no matter how prepared you are, be ready for chaos the last few weeks. It's true. In our case, we were completely organized and ready for everything concerning our trip and travel. We had our visas, our transportation and our housing all set, and just needed to get money out of the bank, and a few dog-related things done. On the other hand, getting moved out of our house (which I thought was nearly done a week earlier) proved to be chaotic and time-consuming right up until the last minute. It will be interesting to unpack those last boxes that went into the locker.

Anyways, we got everything done late Sunday night, and early Monday we were on the road in our rented, packed-to-the-gills Chevy Trailblazer. We drove 12 hours to Park City, Utah. The excitement of the day was being stopped in eastern Oregon by a cattle drive with real cowboys (and a cowgirl) on horses, cattle dogs and some big mean-looking bulls. I had also never seen the Salt Flats and was surprised at how expansive and white they are. On Tuesday, we drove another 12 hours to Lincoln, Nebraska, and on Weds. the last 10 hours brought us to our destination in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Maggie traveled well in her kennel, and Irie did an amazing job of keeping herself occupied for those long hours, but we were all exhausted. It has been great sleeping in and relaxing here at Lisa's moms. Today, the travel continues as we head to the Brownes. We will be leaving for Baltimore on July 3rd.

The journey has finally begun. Until next time...bonne chance.


Athena said...

You are amazing!!!! Also a little missed here in Oregon. The blog is great!

(and a kiss to Irie)


Anonymous said...

Congrats! You're officially OFF (note bien les majiscules!); I've got to hand it to you for pulling it off. The house, the dog, the...the...I could go on...!

I'm off to France tomorrow but unfortunately we won't cross paths...Hopefully you can soon start appreciating the adventure you're on and let go of the insanity you've gone through to make it happen!

Bonne chance,

Monsieur McKinney