13000 feet up, checkin’ out the other people around me. My heart is racing and I never would have thought I would be this excited to jump out of a plane. At 14000 feet I know I’m the first to jump and I am so PUMPED. I can barely hear the directions screamed into my ear.
Finally it’s time to go. I’m just leaving on a backpacking trip, not skydiving in Houston, but it feels pretty similar. We planned this long enough; I’ve gone through all the motions; I’m ready to just go.
“All I wanted to do was sneak out into the night and disappear somewhere, and go and find out what everybody was doing all over the country.” – Jack Kerouac
Maria got to Wisconsin yesterday, where we have kinda chilled for a few days until we leave from Chicago to Fiji via LA. The last week was spent getting ready for the trip in everyway possible. If you think we have been sipping mai-tais on the Wisconsin beaches, I wish. So many last minute things to take care of when you are about to leave your life long-term. Monday I said goodbye to my dad and shared a moment with him at O’hare airport (He is on assignment for his job in Louisiana). Tuesday I took my mom, the cancer survivor hero that she is, to her colonoscopy back in our hometown of Wheaton (turned out great, totally normal). Wednesday, my mom and I went skiing in the Wisconsin mountains (you read that right, Wisconsin has mountains and beaches).
So I have packed for a 5 week trip to Europe before, but 8 months is a little different. We researched but who knows if we brought the right stuff, click on the image if you’re interested. We are headed to mostly tropical climates with the exception of New Zealand, and even then, it’s summer down there. So we can afford to pack pretty lean. Anything else we need we can buy on the road.
When we get to Fiji, we are taking a ferry to the Yasawa Islands (an island chain to the east of the main island) and doing some island hopping there for a quick bit. We have chosen to stay at the Nabua Lodge for the first few nights, then head to the Wayalailai Resort for some other nights. Both are pretty reasonably priced at 60 USD/night which includes 3 meals a day! WHY ARENT YOU IN FIJI RIGHT NOW?
Won’t have internet there, so I’ll write up a summary when we get to New Zealand.
Here we go.
Also… Maria was doing some last minute research which brought up the issue of our pack size. Earlier today, our packs were only about 70% full, so we decided to drive a half hour to Dicks to get smaller ones (from 65L to 44L). Never too late to switch things up…
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