Bucket List, Enzo, Gratitude and Joy

Day 217 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – What Next?

The doldrums of summer continue! We’ve managed to stay mostly busy, but there are certainly days that leave me feeling a sense of boredom that often leads me to my computer to search for something new to see or do. My last foray onto the world wide web had me seeking out a way to escape the desert heat.

As a retired journalist, I am well-acquainted with poking around in strange places to get answers to my questions. “Hmmm, how can we escape the heat with a new puppy in tow?” Which led to, “Gee, I wonder how long it would take to drive to Mount Rushmore.” “Greg, do you think the Upper Midwest heat wave will last through August?” “Can you take a couple of days off in August?”  

Hello, Mr. President, mind if I stop by for a visit? (Photo: National Park Service)

Throwing caution to the wind I checked my airline miles and realized we have enough to fly rather than drive the 1200 miles each way to South Dakota, someplace I’ve never been! Woohoo … let’s get this adventure planned!

That’s a little longer than I wanted to drive!

Step one: Make sure we can take Enzo with us. That’s a new one for us since we’ve been pet-free for ten years. There are certainly places he won’t be allowed to go, but for the most part outdoor venues are safe. We’ve got an airline approved carrier and he’s getting used to it, so we’re well on our way to making him our constant travel buddy.

Enzo likes his new carrier.

Step two: get the flights booked. With miles and status that was relatively easy, although I did have to call and wait on hold for almost an hour to resolve the issue of traveling with a pet in the cabin with us.

I’m ready for the view out the window of a plane. (Photo: Pexels.com)

Step three: Find a hotel and make the reservation. Again, easy with the internet. In fact, booking a room at a Residence Inn was probably the easiest part of planning this trip.

Thanks for being a pet-friendly hotel!

Step four: Book a rental car. That one’s on Greg. He handles the car reservations when we travel because he has status with a rental agency and he’s more particular about what he drives. 

A rental car costs HOW MUCH??

All of that took a chunk out of the afternoon, so my mind was distracted and I was feeling refreshed. I am continually grateful for a husband who embraces my wanderlust and indulges my spontaneity. The upcoming trip is a few weeks away, but I’m already excited about ticking one more thing off my bucket list. 

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Don’t wait … get out there and see it.

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