As I continue to post pictures here from my trip to West Africa, you might notice that I am frequently in the same clothes.
That’s cuz I didn’t take very many.
Everything I took had to fit into a not very big backpack and a small satchel. I was amazed at how well we did with our packing. We did a final pack out the night before we left to make sure we were being as smart as possible with what we were taking as we’d be dragging it all around Africa. I did well, but I could have been even smarter…I left stuff at various locations along the way…socks I wasn’t going to need, a shirt that got stained and stretched out, underwear I simply didn’t feel like washing… :-) Doing so freed up a wee bit of space for a small souvenir or two.
The purple shirt washed easily, dried fairly quickly, didn’t show dirt and didn’t show stains. It was an obvious favorite. I also had a big floral shirt which covered me more, rinsed out and dried super fast, and totally hid anything I might have gotten on it. It was especially good for those long day and night bus trips. So, if it looks like I was only there for a few days, it was just that I only had a few shirts! :-)
In the purple shirt at the Cape Coast Castle
In the floral shirt for travel...made it to Mopti, finally, after 17 1/2 hours...not our longest bus trip, but a very interesting one! That, however, is another post. :-)
It was the least amount of clothes I’ve ever taken on a long trip. Even so, Abner put me to shame with what he brought, or rather, what he didn’t bring. I’m hoping I get the chance to take even less on another trip one day!
Today was a busy day! Today was my big brother’s birthday – “Happy Birthday Phil”!
And today was my mother’s surprise 70th birthday party, kept secret by using the veil of it being my bro’s birthday to hide behind! Her birthday isn’t until the 16th, but “Happy Birthday, Mom!”.
I hope that both parties were fun and full of laughter and friends…
And congratulations MUST go out to Dan Gould as he graduates today with his PhD!
And this is my first “Posted in absentia” posts for the summer (I have a number of posts set to publish at varying times while I am gone). Today is my last day at home. I have turned off my computer for the last time, I have finished the final bits of packing, and I leave very early tomorrow morning for Florida and “The Lord’s Boot Camp” in Merritt Island, FL.
My back has been giving me some increased problems lately and I just hope I am not going to be struggling too much with my 50 pound duffel bag and two really heavy carry-ons! Just not as young and strong as I used to be…but very excited about the summer God has in store for me and my team!
I have posted my addresses for this summer in my sidebar. Sure, they’re a jumbled mess, but I couldn’t fix it! If you’re of a mind, I’d love to get “snail mail” from you, even if I don’t really know you! No e-mail or computers where I’m going!
(Posted in absentia)