This is a test. This is only a test.
I’m kidding. This is not so much a test as an experiment. And here it is: I’m going on an adventure. To Italy! I leave tomorrow!
And I’ve bought a nifty set up to see if I can blog about my adventure while it’s happening.
Here’swhat I bought:
So that’s partly why this is a test. I don’t really know if I’ll be able to post while I’m traveling. Will this gadget withstand my lack of savvy when it comes to my very cool but sadly already outdated phone which I don’t really understand? We’ll see. That’s why it’s an adventure, right? You don’t really know what you’re getting into.
This is what I do know: Last Spring, my sister Annie planned this exciting trip with a good friend. I was jealous–who wouldn’t be? They were going to be walking into Rome on the St. Francis of Assisi Pilgrimmage Trail! The days on the trek would be challenging, anywhere from 8-14 miles each day. Annie and I are dog walking buddies, so I said, sure, I’ll help you train. We did a few long hikes. Then in August, her friend got hired, a dream job. But she had to move; she couldn’t come on the trip.
I’m taking the friend’s place. Tee hee. And so, since early September we’ve been seriously training. I’ve seen places and trails in my neck of the woods that have stunned me with their beauty.
Below is a view from the Watson Lakes Trail, followed by some other photos from ’round these parts.
I hope you will follow me on this trip into the unknown. The lessons I am trying to learn so far:
1) That wild rumbling feeling in my stomach, that edginess in my shoulders, that thing that keeps me tossing at night? Call it excitement. Because that’s what it is.
2) Laugh first. Those were the bon voyage words of a friend of mine. How wise!
If you have more advice, please share in the comments. Until, then, andiamo!