Saturday, 18 August 2012
I have returned to civilization New Jersey after my trek to the wilderness lands the Great State of Maine. You will be happy or maybe not to learn that neither myself nor any family members suffered any serious injuries.
A more comprehensive report shall come tomorrow, along with photos, once I have more fully rested, but for now, a quick overview.
Bullet points, if you don't mind. If you do, oh well.
- It is a long drive to Maine, but not so long as driving to South Carolina, which was the last time I took a road trip with the family. Nor as long as the drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Denver, Colorado, which was the previous trip. That was much more likely to result in bloodshed, to be honest. Uncle #4 said the trip was about as far as the ride to the NE corner of Ohio, where Aunt #1 lives, which is a journey we have made many times. It did not seem quite as long as it was when I was a kid.
- The cabin we stayed in is beautiful. It's Uncle #4 (and his wife)'s vacation/future retirement home, and it is amazing. I had seen photos before but the photos did not convey the impressiveness of the building. I took further photos, but they will not do it justice I am sure of that.
- The scenery in Maine is also beautiful. Assuming that you find nature, including trees, lakes, and dirt roads, to be beautiful. I do. :)
- Activities we undertook during this vacation included driving, driving, and more driving. A little bit of shopping, a bunch of eating, and plenty of looking at beautiful things (mostly from the comfort of the car).
- Also, I did a lot of reading. I finished books one and two of Game of Thrones and am already significantly into book three. (I bought a 4-book bundle for my Kindle shortly before leaving). I would have done a lot more reading if I was one of those people who can read in a moving car. I'm definitely not.
- I did less writing than I originally planned to do whilst vacationing. Thursday, for example, it poured in buckets all day, and so all we did was go food shopping (just me & Mom) and then eat the food. I was sneezing, so I took some drugs, which resulted in a nap, but aside from that it was just sit around. I read, Dad read & napped, Mom listened to her audio book and napped, and Brother played his PSP. We played some games, including Clue, Scrabble, and Uno. And each morning Mother would put on the TV news (CBS was the only station that came in clearly, and even that was spotty) and then that would be followed by Let's Make a Deal with Wayne Brady, and then that stupid Judge show would come on and either it would be turned off in disgust or we'd decide to go out. But anyway I was so very engaged in my reading that I forgot about my plan for writing until Friday night. I then did a bunch, but not as much as I could have.
- Returned to the apartment tonight to find the cat. Also, Gail seems to have spruced up the apartment. I cannot tell the extent of the sprucing because I do not recall the condition it was in when I left, but it looks spruced. She sent me some cute text messages...on behalf of Squirt, first on Tuesday for my birthday, and then today to see when I was returning.
- Unsurprisingly, Gail left me a birthday present. I found it on the dining room table. As usual, it was a several-part present. First, a photo frame with five photos of Squirt. Some file folders with kitties on them, a lint roller, some bag clips in the shape of cat faces, some little toy mice (for Squirt, obviously), and a pair of colored pens with my name on them. Spelled right, too, which is impressive because many people seem to think my name should be spelled the other way. :P
- Oh, and I saw a moose. Yes, I got some photos of it, which I shall upload tomorrow.
I believe that about covers the basics. Tomorrow I shall do some laundry, food shopping, and probably more reading, and I shall upload some photos.
Did I miss anything exciting hereabouts?