The Journey Is About To Begin

After spending a couple of months in Austin, Texas, I am preparing to embark on my journey.  I leave for Europe, Barcelona to be exact, this coming Sunday April 19th.

Trying on gear preparing for trip
Trying on gear preparing for trip

I love Austin, the food, entertainment, Town Lake, but I will not miss the traffic and the crazy drivers.  While I was there, I was able to spend some time with my older daughter, which is always nice.  Got to help her with her yard, and dropped in on some of our favorite restaurants.

I had a little extra time before heading to Europe so I stopped off to see my younger daughter in Atlanta, Ga., on my way to Miami, Fla., where I will board the Norwegian Epic for an eleven day cruise.  Had a great time there too.  Got in some hiking, poker, tennis, and an Atlanta Braves game.

Beer and a Dog at an Atlanta Braves game
Beer and a Dog at an Atlanta Braves game

Our hikes were at Sweetwater Creek State Park,

Mere and B at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Mere and B at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Mere and B on Trail at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Mere and B on Trail at Sweetwater Creek State Park

and Amicalola Falls State Park.

Mere and the Killer Tree
Mere & the Killer Tree – Amicalola Falls Trail
Misty shot of the upper Amicalola Falls
Misty shot of the upper Amicalola Falls
Mere and I climbing the 600 stair steps up to the top of Amicalola Falls
Mere and I climbing the 600 steps up to the top of Amicalola Falls

I had booked an Airbnb rental for my stay in Atlanta.  It is my first “Private Room” rental, and my hosts were great!  The location was perfect, Little Five Points area, as it was close to my daughter.

As I prepare to take off, I have a movie quote in my head.  It is from the movie Armageddon. Someone asks Owen Wilson how he feels as they are preparing for their voyage:

Oscar: Great, I got that “excited/scared” feeling. Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it’s more – It could be two – it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that’s what makes it so intense, it’s so – confused. I can’t really figure it out.

This is an exaggeration of how I feel, but I do have that “excited/scared” feeling as I have never been outside the USA other than a recent trip to Canada and Mexico.

Well, I guess it is that time, so until next time, bon voyage!

Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

3 thoughts on “The Journey Is About To Begin”

  1. So excited for you Uncle Trey! Bon Voyage! Love you and be safe!! 😀

    “Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to.”
    ― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

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  2. Trey – wishing you well as you begin this adventure. Look forward to reading your posts and hearing about all that you encounter

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