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We Are Go For Florida

Well, that's that.  Plane ticket booked, rental car acquired, ride to and from the airports handled.

I am going to Florida.

I am actually going outside the state of Illinois.

This will be my first time anywhere.  I don't count that trip to Green Bay, WI, to my uncle's fishing cabin.  That wasn't a vacation.  That was Hell on Earth.  Between the fishing (I don't like fishing) and all the other males in the family excitedly dragging me to the Green Bay Packer Hall Of Fame (I don't like football), I couldn't wait for that to be over with.

It's going to be an interesting trip.  There's a ren faire, the Wiki Watchee Mermaids, Harry Potter World, and my parents.  My dad observed that I did not book enough time to visit my aunts, uncles, and grandma down there.

So?

"Oh, just noticing," he said, a hint of wistfulness in his voice.

In a way, this is the bravest thing I have ever done.  This isn't like staying at a hotel for a convention in the area.  There's no, "Oh, I forgot something, I'll just dash home and get it."  I will be immersed in a completely new environment for a week, with no way to simply step back home.  I will only have myself, my gear, and my angels.  It shouldn't be a big deal.  People go to Florida all the time.  But when you are only taking your first real vacation and you're forty, it's intimidating.

I'm sure I'll be fine.  I've been asking questions and getting things organized, prepping what goes with and how.

In the back of my mind, I'm imagining the beach.  I'm a water sign.  I love the water.  And the idea of looking out at the water, where the horizon is where the blue of the sky and the blue of the water just blend together, just seems breathtaking.

And now, the countdown begins.

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clionona
Oct. 9th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
When are you coming??? *whines* I need to be in Orlando when you get here, no matter what. Send me an e-mail, okay???

And you should be proud for taking such a trip. No matter what happens, I hope it's a great time for you! ♥
blood_of_winter
Oct. 10th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
o0o0o have a wonderful trip!
mornblade
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I will only have myself, my gear, and my angels.

"I'm all alone
all by myself
there is no one here beside me
I'm all alone
quite, all alone
no one to comfort me or guide me"

You are right and wrong. If you forget something important (your wallet, money, credit cards, etc.) you are screwed. Everything else, you can either live without or replace (for a price).

Make yourself a checklist in the time you have before the trip, while your mind isn't franticly wondering if you've forgotten something. Then compare it to what you have packed the night before you leave.

The beach there is very nice. The sunset is beautiful. I can't say that I was impressed with the sunrise over the sound, but it was an overcast day.
pinkmossrose
Oct. 10th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I hope you have a great time! ^_^
mardeen
Oct. 10th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Proud of you, sir. Enjoy your trip.
ying_ko_4
Oct. 14th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Have a grand time, a wonderful excursion and enjoy yourself immensely.

Watch out for gators....and those huge mosquitos.,..
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