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The first week of volunteering in Uganda has gone by fast even though we are in a world where things are much slower. In many ways I feel like I’m at big kid church camp. It’s just camp is just on the River Nile. A few nights we’ve heard the hippos as they come out to graze.
The Team House that we are staying in has 6 bedrooms, each with its own toilet and shower. We have a solar panel system for electric power and hot water. It’s the end of the dry season, so we’ve had hot, sunny days which means a warm water shower.
When the Good to Go gang takes off on a mystery trip, we always have a little fun with guessing 1) where we will spend the night and 2) how many miles our round trip will be. The travelers get some very vague clues from the trip flyer. Remember this is mystery as in they have no idea where they are going, not a murder mystery event.
From the travelers perspective, it’s all about adventure and experiences that one might have rejected if given the choice. It’s the fun of the unknown and what will be around the next corner. From my perspective as their Fearless Leader, it’s all about taking folks to places they didn’t know existed. Enjoying their trust to find activities and attractions that are fun and varied with a little something for everyone. I find these gems though networking with peers, reading travel articles and keeping my ears open.
“I need to borrow a chicken.” This is my text message that went out to friends in the OKC area. Some responded without a flinch, others I could tell, paused and answered, “This is Patti Beth, right?” Then they understood. A girlfriend called on Friday and asked what I was doing. I replied that I was looking for a hen to borrow for a speaking engagement; I was filling out vaccination records, and working on the cast for the HarBer Village Murder Mystery. Just a regular day in my world.
Let me back up. My alter-ego, country girl Willamae, was to speak to a women’s group at a church in Edmond. This had been planned for months. My theme was “Being a Chicken Christian” and I carry in a live chicken.
It was three degrees this past morning of Tuesday, January 16th when the Good to Go gang left Northeast Oklahoma. Don’t hate, but we are headed to California to join a cruise ship to sail to Hawaii for 18 days. Our timing was perfect. We spent one day in the ice and snow, just long enough to say “Oh, how pretty”. Then before the freezing temperatures got on our nerves, we landed in sunny California.
We have hula'ed home from Hawaii. We left in the snow and returned in the snow. I guess I should not have rubbed the three week cruise in so much, because as it turned out our temperatures were a bit on the cool side for the islands. But it didn't require knee socks or gloves, just a beach towel to cover up with.
It's always fun to hear folks complain about how good the food is as we wait for our dessert to be served. Everyone in life should have a couple of weeks in a row beyond living at home that someone makes their bed, empties their trash, straightens their room, and cleans the toothpaste out of the sink. Chocolates on the pillow and the toilet paper folded to a point are little touches to make cruisers feel special. Throw in towel animals decorating the room, from monkeys to swans, and the fun begins.
If you have been on a flight recently, you will agree that airlines are working harder than ever to fly with full flights. We were reminded of that on our recent flights to California on Southwest Airlines as the flight crew continued to announce “This is a full flight, please take any available seat.” But the thing that caught our attention was the number of dogs that were on the flight. There were four in the first two rows. Flying with a pet is certainly not new as pets that are able to fit in carriers and go under the seat have been on airplanes for years. Of course service animals are allowed on flights, and it’s been easy to recognize a working service dog.
As of this writing, the Good to Go with Patti Beth Gang is still cruising our way around the beautiful islands of Hawaii. We’ve learned that Hawaii is the only state that is actually growing. I don’t mean “population” or “financially”; I mean the state is growing. They add on to the physical size of the state of Hawaii… approximately 42 acres a year. This is a result of the fact that islands are part of an active volcanic mountain range and the lava flow hardens increasing the surface.
My aunt was very important in the Miami Garden Club. This was back in the 1960’s when the ladies met and sipped tea from a silver tea service. They wore dresses to luncheons where tiny sandwiches were served on glass lunchonette plates. It was fancy. My lovely aunt walked me around her garden and sparked an interest in flowers. Auntie V was the first from our family to attend the Tournament of Roses Parade in California. Sister and I watched the parade on TV with the rest of the world, but she was there in Pasadena, seeing it in person. She described how the floats looked up close, and it seemed magical.