Today we left behind our apartment in St. Louis and are heading to California to visit my family. I had no idea how tough this would all be. Leaving behind Demun, Kaldi’s and our neighborhood friends really sunk in as we pulled away. Right before we left Chad hooked us up with a huge bag of Kaldi’s goodies for the road – thank you Chad! Another friend, Rod, surprised us with a beautiful 1st edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Edinburgh” – what an amazingly thoughtful gift. The book, which was published in 1908, is a great guide to the history, lore and legend of Edinburgh. It’s full of great pictures and is written in RLS’s flowery and descriptive language. It’s really a special thing to have as we head off to our new home.
Our schedule for the next few weeks is a bit crazy. Today, we leave St. Louis and drive, along with our Uhaul trailer, to Oklahoma City. From there we’re going to try to make a 1000 miles in one day to Flagstaff, AZ. Next it’s a visit to Grandma’s house in Huntington Beach, CA. A couple of nights there, and then it’s to San Luis Obispo to visit the Bergs! We have two weeks there followed by a quick drive back to St. Louis. We’re staying with our dear friends the Brouwers who are throwing us a going-away party and then it’s off to Chautuaqua, NY to visit the Manors for two weeks. Finally – after all of that, we leave for Edinburgh on Sept. 9. We’ll keep you up-to-date as our travels progress!