Jul. 9th, 2005

zyzyly: (cross)
deacon

After baptizing a flock of babies this morning.

Journey

Jul. 9th, 2005 09:23 pm
zyzyly: (Redwoods)
I'm starting to fret a little about my upcoming journey. Here is what's bothering me:

1. I'm going to be gone a long time--longer than I've ever been away from home before. I think I've covered all the "take care of the house" stuff, but I'm starting to get a bit of anticipatory homesickness. It scares me a little to think that I will be so far from home, all alone.

2. Backing up my pictures and associated concerns. I'm taking an external hard drive with me so I can back up to that. Ok. But now I'm wondering about whether I should buy some sort of power inverter so I can do stuff like charge my camera batteries and computer, and plug in the external drive and stuff for the days I am camping out.

And I'm thinking of a larger drive, because the one I've got only has 20g of free space--that's only about 5000 shots. Yes, I could delete as I go along and only keep the ones that are any good, which would require way less than 20 gigs. But what do I do if my computer breaks down? What if someone steals the external drive? What if I drop the computer on my foot, breaking both computer and foot, and losing not only my pictures, but my ability to drive? What if a flock of strange canadian birds swoop down on me?

3. Overcoming my natural inclination towards introversion so I can meet new people. There are a lot of new people out there, and I want to meet them, but it's hard.

Interestingly enough, I'm not worried at all about the mechanics of the trip. I'm going to take the van--it's a lot better for camping. The mechanic looked it over the other day and said "bon voyage". I have all the stuff I need to be relatively self-sufficient for extended periods of time. I have a pretty comfortable sleeping mat that fits nicely in the back while still allowing enough room for all the stuff I am taking with me. I have maps and guidebooks, and know how to use them.

I have a rough idea of the first part of my trip, at least to Toronto, where I will be attending an eight-day retreat, but the way back is a blank page. I have some ideas, but nothing definite.

I've never done anything like this before.
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