So I have been packing. I macro-packed last Thursday, got my stuff in two piles: one pile was to go into my carry on knapsack and the other pile was to go into my baggage backpack. And today I did the micro-packing, putting things directly in the bags. I have my kitchen food items (these are in another bag), my home entertainment center, my tack shop, and my clothes closet. If I have forgotten something I’ll undoubtedly live without it or purchase another.
I leave at 11:30 p.m. tonight, I am flying to Chicago, and then to Albany. Pete booked the flights. I am flying direct – indirect would mean flying to Salt Lake City, then Atlanta, then Albany. Don’t like doing that kind of thing.
I am going to go from Buffalo to Seattle on the train. I am looking forward to that. I wish I was going cross-Canada, but that will have to wait until another time.
Here, on the home front – this morning we did agility. It did not go great – neither the horses nor I turned in a stellar performance, but then we did not have a lot of practice time this month. What’s important is that we got out there and did it. Because I’m going to be travelling, I am just a bit on edge. I could tell that the horses knew this. I calmed both Raudi and Hrimmi down by having them lower their heads and then giving them treats. They are very adept at reading me – in fact, I sensed that if they could, they would have put a treat on the ground and had me lower my head for it.
They all are a mess (as is the pen) because it’s now mud season, aka break-up time. And the pen’s a mess. I now have only so much time to get what remains to get done, done – but I am going to make sure that I go through the pen one more time and give each of them a good brushing.
The hard part about doing a lengthy trip like this – I am going to be gone almost a month – is first leaving Pete, who actually has encouraged me to do this trip (go figure) and secondly leaving the animals. I am lucky, I have Pete and the animals to come home to.
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