Saturday, June 30, 2007
So far as I drive down the local roads to and from my travels, I have noticed very little to none in the way of litter. In Arnold and Dorrington I would constantly see it strewn on the side of the road, as if the roadside were a public dispensary of ones discards. Which leads to another observation. Here, there are no "$500.00 Fine For Littering" signs. There, they seem to be everywhere....as if they do any good to deter litterbugs. There seems to be less sophistication here as opposed to California as well. Everyone is simple and there are no 'statements'. One thing that caught my attention is the way that store clerks handle the verification of identification. In California they want your social security number, drivers license, retina scan....DNA..... Here, if a clerk is unsure of who someone is, the customer simply yells out in the store "does anybody here know me" and if someone says "yeah, she's good" or "she's who she says she is" then it is sufficient I.D. Incredible. There are no 'theme' nights here as far as liquor goes. For example, you wont find a 'Miller Beer night' or something to that effect at any saloons. where as in California there seems to be an overabundance of liquor brand name themed events at clubs and bars. There are barbed wire fences of some sort or roadside fencing along every road in California. Here, if a guy wants to for instance get naked and run with the Caribou through the 'tidal flats' outside of Kenai....well, he can! There are no fences along highways here. Alot of that is due in part to much of the land is state land, not private. People don't stare here!!!! I have yet to see aluminum can roadside recycling centers here, or those neat 'coin to cash' machines you would find in grocery stores in California....which sucks, because I have a huge jar of loose change that I need to convert to greenbacks! At least in Dorrington and Arnold there wasn't a day go by that we didn't see commercial jets all day flying overhead. Here, we occasionally see a low flying float plane taking off or landing from one of the many local lakes, but to date no commercial jets. The list can go on. Now by no means do I think that California is a bad place (smirk), nor do I think that either here nor there do a few reflect the majority necessarily. I have just found some of these things to be interesting. It really is in some sense like living in another world. The weather here has been very mild all week. I don't think we have got over 65 degrees most of the week, and there has been a constant sea breeze most of the week as well. At times it is still somewhat hard to believe we are here. And like Maryann said this morning, she keeps wondering when vacation will be over and we have to go home. But this is home. Just is unbelievable sometimes that we pulled this off. But we were determined to get where we wanted to be, and so to will we continue with that same drive and determination to find our niche here in 'the last frontier' make our lives, and settle down. The more dramatic events of my retrograde have seemed to somewhat subside, but there are still alot of communication issues happening and just alot of "those dumb little things" happening daily. Oye! Well, it's getting chilly out and I am getting t.h.o.'s so I am going to part for now and shut some windows. Have a great rest of the weekend. Love to all.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
So some of you are probably thinking to yourselves after hearing this; "Greg has had too much Alaskan air....or rolled around in a patch of 'skunk cabbage'..." I have proof. For years I have been able to successfully pinpoint my retrogrades fairly accurately as I will see the usual patterns begin in my life, and upon calling my astrological guru will find out that it is about to begin, began, or is ending. Every freakin time. There has been times that I had a feeling I was in one, and without even mentioning it to my guru, she will tell me I am. I have no doubt it is real. So, you don't want to hear a list of all of the past weeks' events that I am REfering to. That list is too long and would exhaust too much of what little energy I have left to REiterate on it all. I will give you mere example of a couple of the latest things that have occurred in what has been my very special little retrograde in Alaska. My story goes like this:
This past Friday. My first paying 'project/job' for my new maintenance business here. Mind you, I don't have my truck yet so I have to take Maryann's Tahoe to work. The job itself has some struggles of which are not important other than you should just take my word for it. But then around mid-day, I get a call from Maryann on my cell. Her and John took the Chevelle out and it died and wont start. Now, I drive that car all of the time and never have a problem with it.....ever. But I am in retrograde. So they are stranded and have to sit and wait. For hours. Stuck. Because this is my first client and I am in the middle of the job, I just don't feel right telling him I have to go and save my stranded family...."sorry man!" So I work on, bothered by the whole thing, going over in my mind what could be wrong. Can't get there until 4:15 to rescue them, and I have to meet 'dude' a half hour back out at 5:00PM to buy my truck. The damned car wont start for me, so I call for a tow (I have AAA). They can't get out there until 6:00PM. I struggle with the beast trying to go through everything systematically of what could be wrong. Got gas to the carb, got spark to the plugs....you know. Finally at 5:30, I beat the carb with a wrench, open the throttle full, and wallah! It starts. The thing was flooded. Probably a stuck float. Mind you, in all of the years I have owned the Chevelle it has never, ever flooded out on me. Ever, never. I call AAA to cancel the tow. They say ok. So we run it and ourselves home, call 'dude' to tell him we will be there at 6:30. He says fine. I hang up with 'dude' and get a call on my cell from the tow truck driver, he's pist because we aren't there. He is. I tell him we cancelled with AAA. He calms down and says that it wouldn't be the first time AAA has failed to call in a 'cancel'. He is ok. I am ok. We meet 'dude' around 6:30 and I finally have a truck again! So then the next day, Saturday, I take my truck out and I am gleaming....a month and a half with no vehicle and I am elated to finally have one. I go out to wrap up what was left with Fridays' job at the restaurant and then go out to my clients' home to talk to him about some other work he needs done there. After that, around 1:00PM, I am driving back from Kasilof which is a very rural drive, sparse and....well, country-like. Nice drive, got some smooth tunes going, really relaxing and enjoying myself. After all, the past couple weeks have been hectic since the ferry ride, and I haven't had time to unwind. All of a fricken sudden, I see a wheel go flying past the side of my truck as I am coming to the left turn lane to Kenai, and before I can say "what the fu...." I feel a huge jolt and the deafening sound of metal scraping pavement as I come to a screeching halt in the middle of the highway. My damned wheel cut loose, came off and is now barreling down a gully, across an embankment, up the other side and heading towards the intersecting highway, as I watch in complete disbelief, soiling myself. Unbelievable! I wasn't 'fighting'. I was just driving, minding my own business. This is just a mere example of what I have been contending with lately with this retrograde. Now things like the great DSL delima...where I was told we will have DSL here in Nikiski, but since have gotten 3 different answers as to why we can't now....retrograde. The stinky water well filtration altercation....these things and others I am just hanging with, ignoring, and knowing it will all work itself through. But this....this is just 'in my face' and I have no control over it. It is mentally burning me out man. But we are extremely happy here nonetheless and there are alot of little positives popping up everywhere for us.
What became of the run away wheel you ask. Well now, that is simple. The tow truck company....you know, the one I pissed off the day before because they came all the way out to Nikiski from Soldotna to find out I wasn't there...came out from Soldotna as per AAA to tow me back into Soldotna, just a mere 10 minutes from where I am broke down and gimping, to get my mess fixed. Which was a fiasco in itself. The tow truck is broken down with a bad starter, and it is getting replaced at the service station which delays their response about an hour or more. At least that is what they tell me...remember, I pissed them off the day before! Then they get to the scene and now because the front of my truck is buried a foot into the shoulder due to no left wheel (I had to drive it off with 3 wheels to get it off the highway), he has to call his constituent back at the station to bring out another truck with a floor jack to try and get my truck up enough to get the cradle under it (sounding like the Criterion brothers, aint it). Which takes another half of an hour because...well, just because I suppose! Why else would a 10 minute run take someone 30 minutes?! Before the tow arrived I had to hike several hundred yards down the gully, across the embankment out to the side of the other highway to retrieve my wheel and roll it across the path it traversed to get it back over to my truck. (Point of interest; another subtle difference between California and Alaska. In California, if I didn't get to my stray wheel lickity-split, someone would have picked it up and taken it claiming 'finders keepers'....in Alaska everyone is stopping to ask if I need help). The wheel is disfigured and essentially wasted now. After trying in vain.....retrograde...to find a replacement I found out they don't make that style wheel anymore and I may have to buy 4 new rims. So there I was near days end with my thumb in a dark place feeling as if I just wanted to "take my ball and go home"! :/ So upon hearing all of this....do you still want a retrograde??? It's getting better. The past several days have been mellow. But. Retrograde lasts until July 7th......AAARGHHHH!
God bless and good night.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Good Morning! We woke up to rain, overcast skies and it's currently 50 degrees out. Our plan is to take the dogs out to the beach to run, do some needed window cleaning on the house, take a load of boxes and trash to the transfer station and some other daily chores that I will not bore you with.
These pictures were taken this morning, of the deck over looking the lake and the fauna below it. The house sits above the lake, so taking pics of the house from the lake is difficult with all of the tall fauna. The lake is 50ft from the decks edge but the terrain slopes downward. The gentleman that built this house knew what he was doing because we have a terrific view of the lake from every window in the house. The lake is as big as Lakemont Pines Lake in Arnold for some of you that are familiar. It's big enough that our moose, loons, ducks, geese, arctic terns and other animals I haven't been able to identify yet call it home. It's small enough that we do not have the loss of wildlife on our lake due to float planes landing and taking off, public use access and such. It's very peaceful and quiet, we are enjoying it immensely.
I did see a mama moose and her twins this morning, she was trying to teach the babies to swim, it didn't go over too well, the babies wouldn't have any of it. It was comical. Mom got in with a loud splash, swam around the shore and the babies continued to watch. I did get pics although they didn't come out so great because they were on the other side of the lake and by the time I took the pic they were running into the brush. Stay tuned.
For those of you that love native plants, in the picture you will see pink flowers, these are native roses that close when it's cold or raining, very interesting and beautiful. I'm still trying to identify other native plants but I am glad for the immense bounty of Fireweed that we have-I can't wait until it blooms. Most of our trees on our property are Birch, Willow, Alder, Spruce (some have died to a recent bark beetle infestation which will become our firewood) and Aspen. There is one tree I haven't identified yet. I will keep you posted.
I would upload more pics but your going to have to be patient, we're still on dial up. Stay Tuned.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Since we have been here we've been hearing this strange howling noise at night (remember it's still daylight out even though it's late at night) well guess what it was our moose. We just learned that moose make a howling noise.... interesting. I wouldn't have ever known. :0) So besides the Loons on our lake making their wonderful sounds we have howling mooses. It's great living in Alaska! We wish we could stream our wilderness to you live, maybe that will be next on our list to blog. Wouldn't that be fun? :0)
Oh, by the way, coming home earlier today John and I were driving down the Spur Hwy when we saw people on the opposite side of the hwy pointing. It was like something out of Northern Exposure (the tv show), a large bull moose (the size of a clydesdale horse) walking through a heavily trafficed parking lot, towering over cars and trucks. There were people walking through the lot getting to there cars like it was no big thing. Amazing. We will keep you posted. Love M.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
We did successfully unload the moving truck, just the 3 of us on the 14th, and spent most of the day yesterday in Anchorage returning the truck, getting our Costco membership and supplying up (yea Tom and Bea, we are official Costconians!) and buying a washer, dryer and fridge at Lowes. And, John and I got our gear for King Salmon fishing (we are still waiting for you to get up here Johnny B.). Anchorage is a very bustling city located aproximately 3 hours to the north of us.
Today was spent re-establishing the basic amenities that we have been without the past 2 weeks. The kitchen was in need of some serious cleaning before Maryann would even start to unpack the kitchen stuff. We are almost there on that. Finally some food in the fridge! John and I were up til 11:30 PM last night (still light out as day at that time) putting in the fridge so we could have a normal breakfast come morning, compliments of Maryann. Today was also spent ripping out a cabinet to get the washer and dryer put in. Since we are on a water well system now (something we are not used to yet) we had to figure out the basic operation of the system and replace several in-line filters that are used to eliminate the odor and bad taste of the natural mineral deposits in the well water. If there is anyone who has experience in this realm....HELP MEEEE!!! Arrrgh! Still have to go through the water softener tomorrow. We also rebuilt the rear shelf of the outhouse, which was dilapidating due to rot. :0 (LOL) With several other little chores we are slowly improving the quality of life here at the compound. As I write tonight, I am using the ice chest for a seat and the foot rest from the couch for a computer table.
Bad news for the day....we are stuck once again with slow speed Internet. Gone are the days these past 2 weeks on the road when we had wireless and DSL! Apparently the phone company needs a piece of equipment ordered before they can get us patched in to DSL. They tell me..."yeah, good thing its now and not winter, otherwise we would have to wait until spring to get you set up!" And they were serious!! Good news for the day....to all of my relatives, don't worry about me. We found a dego here in Nikiski who owns 'La Casa Italian Restaurant' out on the highway! Went there for dinner tonight and it is damned good eating. The owner does all of the cooking, and sings the native Italian tongue back in the kitchen while he prepares the meal. Couldn't find that in Dorrington! After dinner we took the dogs out on the beach here in Nikiski to let them run. They are passed out here on the floor now! The other 3 of us spent some time collecting agates....man I got my family hooked on stones! The past several days have been very cool and breezy here. Today there wasn't much breeze and it got up to a warm 70 degrees. Currently it is overcast with lows expected to be in the mid forties tonight. There is 19 hours and 1 minute of daylight today.
Maybe tomorrow Maryann will post some pics....or maybe we will just wait til we get DSL.... as I cant find the camera in the disarray tonight. Egads, it's 10:30 and I need some sleep. So signing off for now, I can say we are very happy, and beginning the rebuilding of our lives now.
Oh, Dad made it through his hip surgery just fine. Thanks for all the prayer and positive energy channeled in his direction, as I do believe that it does work. Have a good night and a happy fathers day to all the dads out there!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Everything's great. It was left in awesome condition, it's just as I remember it from November. Maryann is going to be elated. John is going to be excited with his room, he has a large room. He also has his own lake less than 50 yards from his room and a beautiful view of the lake from his bedroom window.
Currently I'm waiting at the airport in Kenai for my realtor to give me a ride back up to Whittier where I will meet John and Maryann tomorrow morning at 7:30am. They're lucky I love them because I'd just as soon as well stay here and go home ;) On the other hand, I'm lucky that John and Maryann love me, or I could go to meet them and they could be gone with all my stuff ;) I guess it's an even keel! Speaking of even keel, Maryann and John were somewhat shocked and flushed to find upon boarding the boat that there were barf bags distributed throughout the vessel.
To further escalate her anxiety, when she came back down to the loading bay to kiss me goodbye, she was astonished to find that the dock workers were strapping down all of the vehicles to the loading bay deck!!!!! :((( True story.
Mind you, I've tried unsuccessfully all morning long to contact them via cellphone.... I can only hope and pray. Tomorrow will tell the tale.
Anyways, just a quick update as I had a few minutes. Thank you again Tom & Bea for acting as my intermediate as I stream to you LIVE from the loading curb of the beautiful Kenai Airport in Kenai, Alaska.
The only other thing I can say is it feels good to finally be home!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Another note to mention, I never realized how wearing, the stress and activity of all of this move was until we finally boarded. I slept more through that first 2 days than I can recall ever doing most of my recent years. As a result I do feel so much more rested. Like Maryann said tonight, when you don't have anything to do it is easy to just want to sleep after such an exhausting 2 weeks. Tonight as I contemplate hitting the sack.....it still feels like it is mid afternoon due to the amount of light out...I miss the people we met and spent so much time with the past days. A biker named Carl and his wife, both from Michigan are in Alaska to do a few weeks of riding and exploring. They shared our community with us on the ship and are in fact here at the motel tonight as well. So I guess in a sense I do feel a little of the experience still with us tonight, but miss the meaningful talks and time spent with our new found friends that we parted with early this morning. I will hold each experience in my heart always. Michelle, thanks for letting me keep the book to finish reading! I am glad you woke up before we left this morning otherwise I would have left it at your pack and never knew how it ended. We hope you will be in our area one day soon to retrieve it! We look forward to seeing you again!! Michelle was another adventurous soul who left everything but a trailer of belongings to find a new life here in Alaska. The best of luck to her although we just know she will find what she is looking for and our paths will cross again. This has all been just such an enlightening and soulful experience. One last thing....we need some serious prayer and positive thoughts for my dad as he goes in for a hip replacement tomorrow. It will all be fine dad. Like I said so many times about our journey...it is not a pioneering experience. There were many before you and will be many to follow. You will feel as good as gold soon and look back on it wondering why you even worried! Just go with it all and take the time off of life to relax and enjoy the life around you. Get on a ferry and go to Alaska! ;) We love you and you will be in our thoughts. Goodnight to all, and remember; never be afraid to seek out and live your dreams. Never say 'never' and always move forward with your hearts desires.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
We wanted to update you on the travel. Everything has gone smoothly and pretty much like clockwork. We departed out of Bellingham, WA Friday night at about 6:15pm and from there we sailed non-stop until we reached Ketchikan this morning at 7:30am. We were given an hour and a half while they unloaded some of the vehicles that were staying in Ketchikan, while at the same time, they were bringing on new passengers that are continuing the trip forward. We spent that time letting the dogs out and taking them on land.
Let me just describe to you briefly the trip through our doggies' eyes: "We can't believe this, what are they doing to us!!! We've been stuck in these crates in the back of Mom's truck for over a 1000 miles now. And our lousy owners put us on this ... floating-whatever-it-is , still stuck in the back of Mom's truck, locked up in our damned crates. Our generous owners seem to come and visit us every 4 hours or so ... or is it, that they just want to come and look at us like we are some kind of circus freaks. Lucky us, they let us out of our crates for about 15 minutes and let us maneuver through the lines of parked cars and trucks, telling us the whole time 'go potty, go potty'. See if YOU can go potty under these conditions, potty my ass go potty. Is this our life? Have we been reduced to this kind of existence? Will we ever see 'normal life-as-we-knew-it'?"
You can easily see where any dog put in this condition would find it difficult to relieve him/herself, but there was finally salvation! The first patch of grass after unboarding the vessel became victim of the continual flow of our dogs' pent up frustration. They went and went and went!!! After holding it for 2 days, we were just as relieved as they were, so we found a patch of grass and went and went and went ;)
The sights have been spectacular! We have never seen so many islands of nothing but forests and snowcapped peaks. It is just spectacular beyond words. We have sailed through narrows as wide as football fields. It's just been breathtaking!
This morning at 5am, I rolled over to see a cruise ship passing us on the water, in fact, as I tell this, I'm looking off in front of us in the distance, and I can see another large ship, perhaps a cruise vessel approaching us. Since we didn't have cabins onboard, we were fortunate enough to shack up on the top deck of the ship in the solarium. Covered on 2 sides and the top with glass windows, the front of the solarium opens up to a deck where people have been able to pitch tents and we are able to overlook the ocean behind us. We have the laydown chaise lounges (with our sleeping bags) in the solarium itself where we have our little camp set up. There are about maybe 20 other people amongst us with the same type of setup. The neat thing is that everybody has kind of gotten to know each other the past 2 days and it's kind of like a little commune. In fact, just like the hippies, you go to bed at night sleeping next to one person, and wake up the next morning sleeping next to another. According to where the heat lamps are, how cold it is, and which way the wind is blowing into the solarium and in the case of occasional rain, people shift their little lounge chairs around the solarium. Thus, you never know who you're going to wake up next to!!! ;) Oh yeah, that cruise ship that I saw coming, it's actually another ferry passing us right now. Right now it's sunny, not too cold, ominous-looking clouds in the distance and a very light breeze.
We have 2 more stops today for about an hour each (of which the doggies can't wait for) and then we arrive in Juno early in the morning at about 6am. At that point, we will probably be able to get some kind of wireless or DSL at our motel we will be staying at that night (Monday, June 11th). Then, we will further update you. And we might have a couple of nice pictures too.
So signing off for now from the inside passage, somewhere in the panhandle of Alaska, we thank Tom and Bea for their overwhelming patience and support for allowing us to be able to transmit this to you LIVE via cellphone lost at sea!!!
Take care, our love to all.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
: = ] Maryann and John struggled to get some music downloaded for me before we left the other night, in fact most of it was done with CDs we brought for the trip in the truck, while we were at my folks' house. Beings that when the ipod arrived at our place, everything was pretty much already packed. Kudos to them and their heartfelt effort. They wanted me to have some tunes for the journey! Now the righteous thing about this Best Western Motel here in Bellingham, is that they not only have wireless....but DSL and....a workout room! That by no means replaces the lack of a cookie bar, but it will have to do. So tonight I strapped on my ipod, and accompanied by my beautiful wife, went to the workout room, mounted a stationary bike and rode to my hearts delight with some 'Phish' to guide me the way. What have I been missing all these years?! Feel great now, am wiped out....but still rockin...and ready to engage in a deep restful sleep tonight. Also, I feel no more guilt for that Chinese buffet we had across the street for dinner tonight. Or the soft serve ice cream I had for dessert.....yeah! So that is the latest from Alaska or bust' central. Maryann and I are gonna walk over to Fred Meyers now to get some snackage for the boat. So sleep tight out there and if you haven't got an ipod yet....go get one....these things are kinda cool! Good night.
To recap the itinerary, we load the moving truck, Tahoe and Chevelle onto the ferry Friday and touchdown in Juneau on Sunday or Monday (I can't remember), we stay one night in Juneau and Greg will be reloading the cars back on the Cross Gulf Ferry to Whittier, Ak. Greg will be flying out of Juneau to Anchorage and then onto Kenai to stay the night, do the final walk thru on the house and be in Whittier that night (his 40th birthday). We will be arriving in Whittier on the 14th a.m. We will meet up with him when the ferry arrives the following morning. We will be so happy when that day comes, not only to reunite with Greg but to finally be on Alaskan soil and go HOME. Being homeless and freeloading at friends and families homes (as a good friend told us it's called) for 14 days is hard on you. I JUST WANT TO NEST......
I never would have thought that just the drive alone would be hard. We arrived to the Siskyous (largest pass we had to climb) Sunday late afternoon to rain and a maximum speed of 30mph (with me trailing with the dogs, hazard lights blinking, sucking leather (you will have to check the last blog for the meaning of this expression). But we made it over and through the other passes fine. It rained and was cold most of the ride through Washington and is still overcast and cold. It's going to be great.
So to recap, we are not sure what the wireless connection will be like on the ferry, so if you do not see any blogs for awhile it means there was no connection. And I will write again once I'm in Juneau. Take care and send your positive thoughts our way, they are working..... We miss ALL of you and hope that your all doing great......
P.S We would like to thank Don and Judy for a wonderful dinner and a drink at the local Mt. Angel saloon to toast a new life, big adventure and future endeavors-thanks guys it was fun.
Scott and Kristy and Kids-for a great day watching the Glockenspiel in Mt. Angels townsquare (wow it sure has grown and looks terrific.) Our lunch together felt like old times at Pauls, thanks again. We always have such a wonderful time with you, thanks again for the bed, we DID sleep well....
To Paul, We are so happy you decided to stay in Oregon, seeing you was wonderful. May Jerry always be with you.... ;0)
And to Aunt Sarahsmiles-it was so wonderful seeing you, I'm glad we stopped. We will talk to you soon.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Now, if ever we needed some positive thoughts and prayers, this is the time. Greg happened to be getting out of the moving truck yesterday and noticed that the specs on the truck said that it was 34 ft long. After, racing in to check our ferry reservations, it said we have scheduled a 32 ft truck. After calling the reservation line, the cust. service agent said we would have to remove a bumper......WHAT! Is she serious. According to the ferry lines this ferry's been booked now for a month, they can't fabricate 2 feet to accomodate us. Isn't it just like Alaska to ask you to remove a bumper, and you wonder why we want to live there. :) So, Greg has a call to do on the road this morning at 7:30 am (that should be somewhere north of Sacramento). Send all of your good thoughts that we fit (didn't we just deal with an issue of, "Will it fit?" ) on the ferry and know before we get there.
Take care and we will keep you informed on the journey. Thanks Carol for your positive thoughts, we need you to send more. :0)
Greg, Maryann, John, Cherokee and Kenai
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Now, look closely, you may see Greg and John standing between the SHIP and the Chevelle, can you see the scale of it all?
Alright, we're staying at our friends home a few blocks from our home now owned by the Hulmes' (we wish you many happy memories with your family, friends and your dogs). :0)Thank you again for everything. Stay in touch we'd love to know how your doing and we'll do the same.
Leaving the cabin today was the hardest thing to do besides putting up the for sale signs. But we're looking at it as just one more step toward our future. No looking back, right? So as of early tomorrow morning we will be hitting the road and see where we end up. Spontaneity is great right? It makes life more exciting knowing we may be sleeping in a bed or in the truck, who knows. So today was spent sleeping, (because after the 2 days we've had believe me we've needed it) reorganizing the Chevelle, (it's packed too) reorganizing the Tahoe and the front seat of the moving truck. Our kayaks didn't fit in the truck so they are now on top of the Tahoe which shouldn't be a problem with the ferry company. (A fact of possible interest; the yellow kayak was formally owned by no other than Olivia Newton John....no joke, I am serious.) Although I will be calling tomorrow anyway just to be sure. John requested to drive the Chevelle again after seeing the Tahoe completely packed to the hilt and kayaks on top, John said, "I don't want to look like a RedNeck." I laughed of course and shook my head. Oh no, your not driving the Chevelle. You see, Greg doesn't allow anyone to drive the Chevelle. I've driven it maybe twice so believe me I have first dibs. :0)
Greg and I drove down to Subway tonight to retrieve dinner and one of the ropes on top holding down the kayaks starting banging on top of the truck and I was sure John and I would have to endure Chinese Mind Torture the distance to Bellingham, Wa. But my wonderful husband came through and it looks like we will not have to endure the torture. :)
I have uploaded a picture of the Behemoth Size Moving Truck (thank god we're not driving through Canada and the Yukon-we'd really be supporting OPEC.) When I first saw the thing I was shocked they manufactured something so gargantuan. It reminds me of what Alaskans call "Landships" which are RV's, you know, the really BIG ones. Watching Greg maneuver the truck out into busy Stockton traffic was another miracle in itself. Thank you Ted for teaching Greg how to drive such a SHIP! I would have never moved. :) I have realized there will be no 75 mph speed on this trip, I will be the one behind the SHIP driving a maximum speed of 45mph (complete freeway hazard) with my hazard lights on. I will be sucking leather (this is when your other cheeks suck the leather of your car seats) . Do you understand? Yeah, that will be me and John will be watching his dvd or listening to his Ipod, not having a care in the world. Oh god please have mercy on us we're 3 crazy nuts moving to Alaska with our two dogs in tow. But, we're no longer packing, stacking or throwing out, YEE HAW!!!!!
Oh, by the way, to all of you that called because you heard about our dilemma with not fitting all of our possessions on the truck (your all so sweet), we're doing much better today and I am sure it will soon be behind us. Just picture my house being really MINIMAL, you know, when you can roller skate through out the house, yeah that will be mine. And like a friend said recently, "you will have plenty of time to fill it." Yes, you were right, thanks for reminding me of that. ;0)