I can’t believe that it is already here! The past few months my life has been revolving around preparing for Peru. I can’t believe I am finally on my way! Yippee! But I almost missed it!
You know that panic that we all have- about having our flight times wrong and missing our flight? Don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about. I know you do!!! Well…I almost had that happen to me. I had my flight details memorized. But it has been so far in the future for so long- in my brain I changed the date. I was talking to my business partner yesterday morning and she asked if we were still meeting on Friday. I responded. “Uh- No. I am not even leaving until Friday at Midnight!” I paused and then the moment of realization- oh crap! I am leaving tonight. I still had errands for the trip, laundry, etc. I had this whole nice relaxed departure agenda. I guess that wasn’t going to happen!
Then the panic set in. I literally started shaking in fear and excitement. Was I packing the right stuff. What was I forgetting. I haven’t gotten myself as hydrated as I had planned to before the trip. What was I thinking-It is going to be so hot- I am going to die. Do I have the right clothing. Round and round I went with one area of panic to another. I was literally nauseous!
I went to REI to get a travel towel and discovered that I need to spray down all my clothes with the Permethrin insect repellent. So I had to unpack, spray down my clothes and let them dry. While I was at REI- it was hard to not get sucked into all the many things that might be useful. Who doesn’t want everything in the store? I know I do. 🙂
By the time I got to the airport. I was able to be calm. Well…Compared to earlier. Normally I have no problem sleeping on planes. Not today. Partly from the adrenaline of my upcoming trip. But mostly I Really, Really needed to go to the bathroom. I think this might be a theme of this trip. I am already worried about this on my rafting days…Stay posted on the peeing on the raft.
Back to my story. I had a headache so I was worried about dehydration. So, I drank a can of seltzer water on the way to the airport. While waiting I drank another liter of water. Funny thing- What goes in- must go out! So although I went to the bathroom about 30 minutes before boarding. I needed to go again as soon as I boarded the plane. But I had a window seat and I didn’t want to bother the people sitting next to me. Plus I really try to avoid going to the bathroom on planes. It was getting more and more uncomfortable. Just when I was to the point where I could barely handle it anymore, they announced that we were not allowed to leave our seats for the remainder of the flight. Crap!!! I wasn’t sure I could make it. I kept thinking that this was training for the raft. I was in excruciating pain by this time. The bump of the wheels was not pleasant. Then of course we had to sit on the tarmac. Finally, I was able to get de-board the plane. I practically ran to the restroom. I was the first person off the plane.
There are always glitches when you travel. But things always have a way of working out.
P.S. Don’t travel with gummy bears if you don’t want your bags searched. It didn’t even occur to me that they would think they were drugs. I was glad I didn’t put them in smaller ziplock bags. 🙂