The Journey Begins!

Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Jun 03, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

I am all packed and ready to head out - thanks to everyone for the fond farewells and bon voyage wishes! I think some of you may doubt "backpacker" intentions (maybe because you've seen my closet?) so I'm showing the evidence of all that I have with me for the next three months . My goal is to carry on and not check bags, so I am carrying the backpack and pulling the rolled suitcase, but they attach to each other and convert in to one backpack. Both are small enough carry on. We'll see how that goes, as I'm already thinking I could have packed lighter, or loosened up about checking ;)
My Southwest flight out of Tampa departed at noon, about 30 minutes after Eric's flight so he could head back to Michigan. We had a great weekend with my family and friends and it will be hard not to see each other for the next 7 weeks, but we're definitely excited about reuniting in Thailand - of all places! - can't wait.
I'm about half-way through the flying-to-New-Zealand part of the journey. I had a 2 hr layover in Las Vegas, but it was worth it as we had about 20 minutes of amazing views of the Grand Canyon. I always said I didn't want to spend money in other countries before seeing all of America's sights, so now I don't feel so guilty!
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