My finger was actually trembling as it hovered over that final button.
I have friends who are like family, who live in the USA, California way. Because of ill-health and crippling migraines I haven’t been able to travel much, and certainly not transatlantic, for about12 years. This year the migraines are at last responding to medication, on most occasions, and that, plus the fact that I have taken a year off teaching to get over the death of another friend 18 months ago, whom I looked after in her terminal illness, means that I have taken my courage in both hands and am now going over the pond to see my friends in their home.
Or rather I should say homes, because they live North of San Francisco but have a small holiday home down in the desert near Palm Springs, near some younger members of their family. So we are going to drive down to the desert for a family get-together over Passover and for me to see the desert bloom in the Spring! And I expect there will be some other trips – watch this space. One suggestion already is that we go to see the Joshua trees in bloom.
I am taking my laptop and camera with me so hope to continue this blog: I also hope to continue my OU studies, flute practice and do some painting in the desert as well as taking in any National Parks we might visit. So a busy time lies ahead.
Because of the possibility that I might have a bad migraine after the journey we have planned for me to go for five weeks, one week to be ill (!) three and half for fun, and a few days to get over the road journey back from Palm Springs (10 hours), rest and pack for the journey home to the UK. I’m off on 21 March and return 25 April: so plenty of blogging to do from overseas.
I’ve decided to go for a direct flight from Heathrow to San Francisco without stopping over anywhere: once on the road, so to speak, I just want to get there and collapse if necessary, at my friends’ house rather than have the possibility of being caught out in a hotel on the way in New York or Chicago and not able to continue the journey for several days.
Mixed opinions have greeted this course of action, but hey, its done now.
Also, its very cowardly of me, but it is so long since I did any long distance travelling that I am anxious about all the security precautions and even more about any bomb threats. Its not stopping me, but I have to admit I am worried.
I’ve stopped trembling outwardly, but its still going on internally!!