|Yes, I am back. I will have a trip page up by Monday at the
We had a great time. The hurricane did not really have an impact on our
trip except for the drive home. With the winds gusting and the rain
pelting the bus, we watched videos most of the time instead of playing
various games to win prizes to keep things quiet for the bus driver. At
one point the driver and escort had to get off the bus and move a large
tree limb in the middle of the Interstate so we could continue on our way
without a lengthy wait for a highway crew.
We got back to Level Cross sometime after 7 PM. By the time we
sorted our luggage, stopped for a late supper, and I dropped them off at
home it was going on nine when I arrived home.
I played with the dogs while Bob and I caught up on all the news. After
I unpacked the suitcase I spent an hour or so reading the weeks newspapers
to give the dogs some more "awake time" to play ball. I guess we
went to bed around 11:30.
Today was basically errand and catch up day. I went out to Wal-Mart to
buy a new gas can. The lawn mower repair guy made his house call on
Tuesday while I was gone. As I suspected, the insides of the gas can were
creating sludge, even though I dumped it out real good before I put fresh
gas in after the trip to the repair shop several months ago. He cleaned
the carburetor and did some basic maintenance type stuff and told Bob we
needed to buy a new gas can.
On the way back from Wal-Mart I dropped off my film, only two rolls,
and made a gas stop for the car and my new can. Back home, I ate lunch,
did some stuff at my desk, then took off for the bank, library, and
More catch up work at the computer this afternoon before my
Tonight it is to be one of the clearest nights in a long time for
observing. The hurricane blows all the junk out of the atmosphere leaving
clear, blue skies, and cool temperatures in its wake. We plan to get in
some observing this evening.
I started a new mystery author while on my trip, Laurie King. She has
two series. I started the Mary Russell series, who, as a very young
teenage girl, becomes a student of Sherlock Holmes. The first book, The
Beekeepers Apprentice, is fascinating. Other than the bus ride up and back
and a half hour here and there in the room, I had very little reading time
and still managed to get 3/4 of the way through the book.