14 - 18 July: Camping Santa Barbara, CA
Camping is not my idea of a vacation, but neither is breathing Sulfuryl Fluoride. We have termites, and I'll be conducting unrestricted chemical warfare. My house may spend a few nights in a tent but I'm not. We’re getting an RV. I hope it has a satellite dish and a Jacuzzi.
19 - 20 July: Home to Repack
We’re headed to Europe for two months so we’ll need more than bathing suits.
21 July: Depart LAX
Fifteen plus hours in coach on Turkish Airlines is not my idea of a good time. I plan to be heavily intoxicated before we takeoff. That may delay the start of my writing.
22 - 25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
|I'm sure coach is just as nice.|
25 July - 3 August: Corsica, France
4 - 11 August: Chamonix, French Alps
We loved hiking Mount Blanc so much last year we decided to go back for a longer visit. I mostly plan on hiking downhill, which means I'll have to take a cable car to the summit. Those things unnerve me. I always imagine that the cable will snap, but Kellie and I survive the fall and have our own private Donner Party.
11 - 16 August: Normandy, France
Every so often Kellie throws me a bone and plans a stop at a place I want to visit. I don’t get many of these. In 1996 I stood at ground zero in Hiroshima, Japan. In 2005 I got to visit Churchill’s war rooms. Now in 2014 I finally get to see where Operation Overlord began. I can do the math; I wonder where she’ll take me see in 2023.
16 - 30 August: Ireland
|That's David. Read his book.|
30 August: Colchester, England
We are not staying in Colchester.
31 August - 14: September Transatlantic Cruise
|Kellie's Cruise Husband|
It’s not a straight shot home; we’ll be stopping in: Harwich, England; Le Havre, France; Portland, England; Cork Ireland; Klaksvík (Faroe Islands); Reykjavik, Iceland; and Boston, Massachusetts.
14 - 17 September: Boston, Massachusetts
I went to school just outside of Boston (Tufts University) and later taught NROTC at Boston University, but Kellie’s never been to Beantown. The City on a Hill will be our final stop before going home. Boston has many nicknames. You can just think of it as the place where Red Sox fans have their hearts ripped out. I'll get to see my old college friends Nick and Belinda. They've never met Kellie.
17 September: Oceanside, California - Home
After no Crossfit for two months, I’ll probably be pudgy again. I mean pudgier than I am now. Oh well, back to the gym to get my ass kicked by Laura.