Today is a day to prepare for travel. I will be hitting the road for Mission of Mercy tomorrow for 2 1/2 weeks. I will be in 5 different cities, at 5 different radio stations asking for listeners to sponsor children in the world’s poorest countries.
First, I have to say that I am so very thankful for friends who take care of my house & dogs while I’m on the road. I could not do my job without them. I pray I never take my friends and family for granted.
Second, a trip that takes one out-of-pocket for over 2 weeks takes some serious prep.
I am flying to the west coast so I have multiple flights that had to be scheduled & purchased. Thank God for my travel agent. Generally, I plan my own travel. But when one has to hit multiple locations with no “round-trip” flights, it makes a lot of sense to have a travel agent check out the possibilities. I have 5 legs to this trip and the total bill for the flights was under $700. Finding the low cost options is a benefit that a travel agent can provide.
I did get a blow yesterday. My bank all-of-a-sudden decided to lower my credit card limit. Usually, this would not be a problem, I don’t like using credit cards. However, the card the bank cut down is the one I use for travel. You can bet that for over 2 weeks of travel, I’ll need a few thousand dollars for hotel & car rentals. Now, I’ll have to use multiple cards which makes reimbursement & pay-off a little trickier.
First stop on my west coast jaunt is in Napa Valley! Too bad it’s not going to be warmer. The high temps are only in the mid-50s. I hope it’s sunny, at least. It’s been about 7 years since I’ve been to Napa, so it will nice to return.
Next up is Sacramento. Not the prettiest part of California. However, I have friends in the area and THAT makes it beautiful. I look forward to catching up and chilling out…after & before work.
The third city is Portland, OR. This one will be fun. I’ve only been to Portland once and it was for less than 24 hours…so I plan to explore a bit while I’m there.
Then it’s on to Visalia, Ca. Um, yeah. Good thing, again, I get to see friends.
I wrap it up in San Diego! Not a bad place to put a punctuation mark on this trek. I have never been to San Diego so I hope to see and do some fun stuff. I’m hoping it’s warm & dry for the few days I’m there.
When I get home, I’m sure I’ll be exhausted and even though it’s work, I’m going to try to have some while I’m there.