So, it turns out we are pretty bad at blogging. I’m looking at my last post from three months ago, talking about how James and I need to get in the habit of blogging before our trip. It’s only June…we still have plenty of time to get the hang of this, right?
Even though we’ve been bad bloggers, we have been making slow but steady process on the goals I outlined in that post.
- Immunizations: We had our travel clinic consultation and got lots of great information from San Francisco’s AITC Immunization and Travel Clinic. Our nurse was very knowledgeable, and didn’t push us into unnecessary immunizations. We got our early round of Hep A/B shots so we can finish those fully before we leave (the full series takes about 7 months). We have some research to do on Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and malaria, but we don’t have to worry about those until much closer to our departure.
- General health care: I’ve taken care of a few routine appointments. Still haven’t got James to go to the dentist…but he did use his expiring FSA funds to buy us some cool travel first aid kits. If you have FSA funds that need using, check out FSAstore.com. Everything on the site is approved for FSA funds. If I have any money left on mine at the end of the year, after immunizations and other checkups, I’m going to load up on sunscreen and contact lens solution for our journey!
- eBay/online selling: I’ve been steadily selling some items on eBay, and working a bit on reducing my yarn and fiber stash. I spent several years accumulating a lot of wool for my knitting and yarn spinning hobbies. Now, I’m trying to downsize the stash, which is a pretty big job. Most of my stash is nice stuff, hand-dyed by independent artists, so I’m trying to “destash” by selling it to others who will use it, and pay approximately what I originally paid. James is out of town next week, so I’m planning to spend a few evenings getting a lot more listed for sale and making a bigger dent. Our “craft room” is the scariest room in our house to clean out, so I’ve got to keep the momentum going.
In other news, we found a half-off deal on an overnight, guided camping trip in Big Sur, which I am very excited about. Aside from being a fun little summer trip, we should learn some valuable trekking and wilderness skills from our guides. We did an overnight hike to a cabin in Yosemite back in February, but James and I have actually never tent-camped together, despite James being a certified Eagle Scout. We’d like to do some trekking during our RTW trip, so I think this Big Sur trip will be a good primer for future treks.