Write the first real entry for my travel blog
Write the first real entry for my travel blog
Write packing list (final)
Visiting my parents
Not just withdrawing money, but converting $500 to yen as well
Purchase of omiage for Prof. M who helped us with reservations for Temple 12 and is walking with us between T11 and T12 – done, but now he’s cancelled.
Grocery shopping for the above, plus for other meals until I go
Here they are:
Our boat was in this congested area of the river, and we could not pass. I think it was my husband who suggested that we swim in the river among the boats that were waiting behind us. It was hard to swim up the river. When I turned around, though, I was swept downstream. I could not work against the current to return to our boat.
We were supposed to climb to the summits of West Tiger 3, 2, and then 1. But there was too much snow and ice as we climbed, and we had to turn around. Only 8 or so miles today:
Next time I do this much walking, it’ll be on the island of Shikoku (!) so I’m marking this goal as done.
This is what I have left: four whole days, two partial days.What MUST be done:
My new life begins today.
Only ~30,000 spammy accounts up for review, which means about 50,000 were recently flushed!
Another great check-up – all 1s, 2s, and 3s. The few 4s are all stable – no swelling, inflammation or bleeding.
I’ll want to take lots of pictures, so I started to rummage around for my camera and all the related accouterments.
I found the camera. I found the cord to download the photos. Didn’t find the battery charger. Looked all over. God knows what hotel room outlet it was left plugged into.
I went on eBay to look for a replacement. I found a whole camera, two batteries, and charger, for just $20 more than the cost of a charger. The total extra cost, considering the additional batteries was $10 for the camera to be included. So I bought the set. I really like my camera, which is really, really rugged (for idjits like me – I’ve dropped it off of the bike several times), but because I’ve taken it on so many outdoor expeditions, it is in pretty sad shape. Functional, but beat-up – beat up enough that I wouldn’t put it underwater any more, even though supposedly it’s waterproof.
So, maybe the used camera I bought will be in better shape. If it isn’t, very little harm done. I can still take my old one of the same model.
Edited to add: here’s the entries for when I bought the camera in the first place! http://www.43things.com/people/progress/Petersky/10533625
sort of a Valentine’s Day thing
I have saved most of my “deleted” emails through my time here. I am now deleting the whole lot of them as a part of my purge.
It’s going to take about 20 minutes (!) according to the Microsoft dialog window.
So, Tent City 4, which used to be camped outside my office for many months, had to move. The moved from the church’s back lawn, to a state park group camping site.
When they were at the church, when it got really cold, they slept inside in the social hall. This option does not exist at the state park.
The only source of heat that they have are campfires. They were starting to burn the pallets that their tents sit on because, with recent snow, they had run out of fire wood.
My friend Saul has a pick-up truck. He came to my house and we loaded up all the firewood from various trees that had fallen down on our property. I did save a few logs, but we only have a fire in our fire place a couple of times a year. Better that the residents of Tent City 4 burn it, and stay warm.
going through sent mail folders, and deleting like a mad woman
Officially, seven more days. I’ve had my party. I’ll have a smaller one next week, just with staff. But I’m really done.
I am just sort of warming my chair at this point. Mentally, I’m else where.
From the long perspective, I have no complaints. This job has been stressful from time to time, but I learned a lot from it, and with the help of so many others – we improved a lot of lives.
I feel like I should mark this as “Done”, even though officially I haven’t left yet. mm.
On a different topic – the budget for the trip. In very round numbers, with estimates on the high side:
$1000 in airfare – we actually spent less, as this is not such a popular time to travel. But that’s the budgeted amount.
Pilgrim gear – this is just what I personally am buying, not the complete set of what someone might buy. For example, I am not buying a conical sedge hat, and I am buying an extra stamp book.
2 Stamp Books: $50
Walking Staff: $25
Pilgrim’s vest: $30
Name slips: $2
Candles and incense: $5
So – a little over $100 for all of that.
$50 per day in lodging
$25 per day in food: $5 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and snacks, and $10 for supper
$10 per day in temple fees
This is hard for me to know – it includes train/bus/cable car fares if I decide I’m too tired for walking or want a rest day. It also includes admission prices to a museum or hot springs or garden or some other attraction. I would budget $10 per day for this, and figure it can accumulate for the days that I am not using it, which is most days, and then spendy days (eg, in a city, where I might ride the bus around and see things), I’ll spend the budget down.
The total, then, comes to about $5000 for the trip. This doesn’t count the costs that I am spending here – on a new backpack, special socks, tablet, etc., but presumably I’ll get lots of use out of these items after the trip.
The nice fellow in the video cited in a previous entry is going to meet us at Temple 11 in the morning, and hike with us up to Temple 12. I am looking forward to meeting him.
Man, am I beat!