Yes, that common denominator – ‘putting-in’ is getting closer.
Today I’m sitting in four or five inches of snow watching the ice cycles drip thinking, three more months and I could find myself headed down the warm Mississippi River – hopefully in shorts – and at the moment even swatting those pesky mosquitoes doesn’t seem like such a bad thing …
I continue to research and note potential stops along the river and her hazards. Lots of appealing places on the Upper section, leaving me to pretty much relate the lower section as a giant slow moving water-chute down through the levees. The relayed warnings of the wakes from towboats and ships make it sound like riding a moped on the interstate but I don’t buy that as an overall hazard, especially with the operators of those vessels aware of our presence – they seem to show as much regard as possible while at the same time managing their own priorities – it will just be our responsibility to return that same regard and not to put them in position to make a choice – like that moped on the interstate, if I have to stay in the emergency lane I will.
What I’ve seen from other folks is their preparation whether mentally or physically. The luxury and a lack of pressure to remember everything all at once has been nice – the things I forget, just come to me later. Alot like my trips to the grocery store – I don’t always have a list so I look at the trip as a time to walk most every isle and hopefully ‘jar’ my memory on what I need or wanted – I don’t always remember – so adapting is part of it too.
Now, I find myself in the hardware section of Lowe’s or one of the many thrift stores nearby looking for whatever it is that could be useful on a long day, space and weight are always in mind – not like I’m going to be floating on a boat full of crap, but simple necessities that could be discarded, lost or sunken – instead of ‘new stuff.’
Putting this whole trip together has been a series of short enthusiastic ‘benchmarks,’ with still a few important ones yet to meet, and plenty of adapting ahead too – its actually been nice to have something as interesting and historical (the River) to read about and look forward to.
So its the first of March, three more months – “all ahead, full.”