This past weekend we hit some major benchmarks in preparation for this journey. We officially have the weather forecast for our scheduled departure date (40 degrees and partly sunny, woohoo! way better than it could be at this point in a kentucky winter). Bob finished his last ‘oficial’ day of work on Friday, which marked the beginning of a weekend full of goodbyes. We had a fantastic time with his coworkers (not really a fitting description of them, as we consider them more like family) on Friday night. Those folks can really throw a party! But, it was bitter sweet because we’ve made such profound relationships with folks at NC3 and it was hard for me to say goodbye. They definitely get credit for opening our minds up to new ideas and helping us see where our lives were heading this past year. Thanks to all of them for welcoming me in so readily.
If that wasn’t enough, we had a good-bye party on Saturday night with most of our family and friends. Our moms get all the credit for pulling that one off. It was wonderful and overwhelming to get to see so many people one last time that have been dear to us. I wasn’t quite prepared for how exhausting it would be to say goodbye so many times in one night. But, I will definitely look back on that party with fond memories of how many great people we’ve shared experiences with in Louisville.
As our last week in Louisville begins, the check list is in an extremely detailed state. We were super productive today, though. So, hopefully that’ll set the precedent for the rest of the week. We got a bunch of errands done (banking stuff, international driver’s licenses made, documents copied, etc), and then met with a native from Guatemala to discuss our route and get all the last minute advice we could about where to go and how to best avoid the most dangerous areas of the country. It was incredibly helpful and relieving to get first hand info after hearing so much about that area of Central America. More goodbyes to come this last week, but at this point, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (the 2 year tunnel to be exact!) and are getting super excited to get on the road! Five days and counting…
We even had a little time to get a Louisville memento while the weather was warm on Sunday: