DESTINATIONS, Road Trips, TRAVEL, Travel Planning, United States

California on My Mind!

Santa Barbara CA
On the Beach in Santa Barbara


We just got back from California and it was a crazy trip. In fact, it was crazy before we packed the first bag.  Just getting the vacation planned had been all kinds of crazy!

The Best Laid Plans

See, last year one of our nephews moved into a new home and had his first child.  We were all geared up for a long weekend once our grand-nephew settled in.  Then my mom went into the hospital and that meant all travel was on hold.

She was in and out of the hospital several times, but rehab was planned and Bill thought the care-giver needed a break.  Everyone seemed to agree with him, so I re-planned the trip for nine days and bought our airfare – just a little too soon.  Rehab turned into hospice and then a funeral.

I wasn’t much in the mood for travel, but Bill thought I needed a change of scenery, so I started trying to coordinate a date for new travel plans.  However, the holidays were coming up and nothing worked.  So, we postponed the trip until March.

Believe it or not, before we could get the trip planned, another game changer came along.  A niece and grand-nephew from Egypt would be in California in June.  So we postponed our travel plans to June and the trip grew to 11 days.

Does this sound familiar?  Does this kind of thing happen in your family?  Well, it got crazier.

The Heath Project

If you’ve been following my Friday posts, then you know that sometime in March we decided to start looking for a new home and that search turned into a building project in Heath.  Since one thing always leads to another, we put our house on the market, thinking we might be lucky if someone bought it before the end of summer.  So, of course, some one bought it, right before we were supposed to leave on vacation – but that’s for the Friday posts.  Bottom line, even though it looked like something might undo our plans, right up to the phone call I got as we boarded our flight.  We made it all the way to California!

Confession is Good for the Soul

I’ll just tell you right now, with all this planning and re-planning, more than one thing fell through the cracks.  I double-booked myself into two hotels on one night, for instance.  I packed way too much and ended up with an $85 extra bag fee for another.  So travel stuff happens to the best of us.  Come along with me and I’ll show you a good time over the next few weeks as I share my experiences – good and bad – with all my blogospere friends.

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