Saturday, July 12, 2008

Packing Playmobil and Other Things That Matter

We've cleared shelves for our renter, the yard and garden are in the best shape we can manage, and the detailed bike trip/Mexico to-do list actually has most items crossed out.  With two days until we get on the train to Eugene, Oregon to start our bike trip, we are making piles.  One for the bike trip, one for life in Mexico (sent ahead to my sister's in San Diego), and then there was that pile we sent to Michigan already as we'll be there in January to celebrate Tom's parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  Helping the kids, I mention another category, the everything else category, which I call "things you want to see when we get back."

I bet there will be Playmobil in every pile.  And books.  Perhaps the constants show what is important to us no matter where we are.  But of course the most important things aren't things I can physically put in a pile: the friends and family (and Annie the cat) we can't take take with us but will think of often.  Did you know you were along for the ride?  Feel free to comment or e-mail so we'll know you're out there, take care, and we'll see you later.

P.S. The second photo illustrates Playmobil that came along on the European bike trip, for those of you less familiar with those little toys.  Wow, doesn't Noah look different just two
years ago.  The bike photo is also from that trip, but shows just what we'll be doing for the next six weeks.


Springboard said...

Golly, two days away, now one... I hope I'll see you today to give you that last minute hug! If not, Laural, I'll be thinking of you and wishing joyous adventures for you, Tom, Dana, Noah, and all your Playmobil! I'm getting a bit misty thinking about missing you for a few months. With love, Darcy :.)

Kelly Mielke & said...

Wow! We are just 3 tandems passing..........Just parked ours from a 6 week trip and yours are leaving for 6. It really is amazing when you realize that all you need to live is stuffed in a small French bag (pannier, if you will). We will be anxiously looking forward to your blog update.

Kelly, Muriel, and Shea

Alex the Great said...

Best wishes on y'alls trip. We're leaving in 2 days for just a 2 week trip on 2 tandems with our 2 kids. I can't imagine the planning that goes into a trip such as yours. I look forward to following your adventures.
Steve, Amy, Jacob & Chelsea

Llew said...

Llew and Vonnie, Bon Voyage! We are trusting some cards to the mail, here and there, and wish you good roads and good days and lots of new adventures and smooth peddling. Know what I remember about the area of Mexico where you will be? about 50 years back, oh my goshygee... frogs, we were thrilled to find a place with a pool and had a night swim, and several day ones, and frogs were in the pool with us, many frogs. Have fun. We will miss you. And want to see you when you return, with treats, of course. Love, Llew and Vonnie

peter said...

It is really nice way to travel to different places on a bike. I think that 6 weeks are enough time to elaborate your skills & also for adventure travel. I also have a plan to visit a hill station in my summer vocation, for that i have got the accommodation from Hank Freid already in order to avoid the anxiety at spot.