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6 Weeks (almost) 40 Days 9,162 Miles 27 States 60 Blog Entries Niagara Falls, New York Great Lakes Erie & Michigan Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Wisconsin Cheese & Playgrounds Minneapolis Pride & Friends! Mall of America! Minnesota's Largest Candy Store Wall Drug, South Dakota Mount Rushmore Yellowstone, Wyoming Dun Rovin Ranch, Montana Idaho Pan Handle Washington State! Portland, Oregon ...
So, this is IT! We are "ready" (I put quotations around the word ready because planning a 6ish week long road trip with three kids - can one truly really be 100% ready?). Tomorrow morning we leave bright and early for Niagara Falls, destination #1. Everyone is excited (and nervous) the house is secure, "see you laters" have been said, and we will be off on our adventure to see America! Tomorrow!! ...
... time has been spent packing, cleaning, organizing, finishing up school and work, more packing, finishing grad school stuff, making reservations, more cleaning, and more packing. Not too exciting yet.
We have spent the past few months thinking that this trip will be either totally amazing, or the worst experience of our lives (honestly, I bet it will depend on the day) and we will not know how it will go until it is too late!
Ack! We leave in a week!!!
... and dried cherries, gorgonzola and nuts with a tangy dressing made with infused vinegars and oils. Really wonderful.
And... no travel would be complete without ice cream or gelato and this visit was no exception as Nancie introduced me to Moran Gelato. It was so good, I visited twice and even met Elana's friend, Jonah for some tasty gelato!
... it anyway." (Emphasis added.)
In a later chapter about "embracing life," the author quotes her patient saying: "When you are walking on thin ice, you might as well dance."
Life with cancer means "doing it anyway." It means, finding freedom from the fear of both the journey and the outcome. It means seeking joy in each day. It's mid April and we still have ice in the Upper Valley. It's getting thinner; just perfect for dancing on.