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  • Here I sit in my final e-Outpost before I embark upon a journey across the Pacific. We set sail today, and will spend the next 5 and half days at sea. Ah, that just sounds so glorious to me. Five days at sea. Five days of reading, sleeping, eating great food, shooting hoops on the deck of a ship, lounging and just enjoying unlimited time with the love of my life, doing what we love to do best. The time has finally come. We’ll begin each day in the Rainforest Room, a great feature only on this type of ship, where there are gentle saunas and steam rooms, heated stone loungers, with nice, soothing, spacy music gently playing in the background – an hour there, and you are so mellowed out, you just flow into the day. We’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. It’s been a pretty tough year. But, for the next two weeks, that’s all behind us.
  • Then, 4 days in Hawaii, with different ports of call each day, different things to see and do, the Road to Hana, whatever that is – my sister said it’s a must see and do, so we’ll do it. Mary told the tale of how, the day after Mom died, they were up there with Jim’s brother and sister in law, and Candy, for no reason that she was consciously aware, began to sing “Happy Trails To You”. That was the song that we always sang to folks as they left to go back home, each year when we vacationed together down in South Carolina. Mary and I were sure that Mom’s spirit, on its journey to wherever she was going, had prompted that song from Candy, on the Road to Hana. We’ll journey up to a volcano, I think the same one Dad went up on when he was stationed here during the war, the same one he and Mom went up on their trip with Chris and Cindy the year before he died. Looking forward to that.

    Then, another 4, glorious days at sea, a stop in Encinada, Mexico, before landing back here in California in 2 weeks.

    Let the journey begin…
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