So many cords, so little time…

How does time get away from me so easily? And why am I not able to easily organize the myriad of electronics we “need” to have with us?

There are cameras—three, yes, THREE between the two of us—and the chargers for said cameras, cords for the chargers for the cameras, extra batteries (all different, of course, why would we have cameras that all have the same batteries?), and three different battery chargers, of course. So that’s just the camera equipment. Well, not exactly ALL the equipment. I must have a flash attachment just in case the camera flash isn’t enough. And a remote for… for… well, just in case.

Then we have GPS so we can stand on our balcony at martini time and see EXACTLY where we are. And batteries for the GPS because of course they aren’t the same as the camera batteries. At least they are the same as the flash batteries.

Then we have a computer (so I can continue to write this blog for my tens fives several ardent fans). And a charger for that, too. And a portable hard drive so I can back up all the photos I’ll take with the aforementioned camera(s).

Don’t forget Kindles. These are kind of vital if you like to read and Randy and I do. We don’t have room to carry physical books to read for 82 days. So, Kindles are necessary. They don’t need extra batteries, but they do need cords to plug into something electric to keep them charged. Aside: To me the best thing about a Kindle is seeing a character name that you have no recollection of hearing about before, touching the name and up pops a location where they are first mentioned. Oh, yeah, NOW I know who that is!

Of course, we have to have our phones. Until about four years ago we had only one flip phone, no apps to speak of, and until about six or seven years ago we had NO portable phone at all. We have become so dependent on our “smart phones” that we can’t leave home without them. Well, I can’t leave home without mine. Randy, not so much but he does occasionally miss it when he leaves it home. Cords are necessary to charge the phones. And Randy’s charging cord is different than mine is. Sigh.

Last—I think!—is more electronic storage. I have SD cards for the cameras (thank goodness they all take the same storage medium), and a Micro-SD for the Kindle and a Micro-SD adapter so I could, if necessary, use it in one of the cameras.

Oh, yes, each of the chargers has to be powered. At least they all—ALL—take the same type of electric cord.

Almost forgot, we will be on a ship with US-type outlets (very few, mind you! Probably two outlets in our cabin. Total. Not two double plug outlets, just room for two items to be plugged in.) we will also be in Australia for a couple of days so we need an adapter.

Did I forget anything? It’s probably on the myriad of checklists we have. Now where did I put those checklists?

Another adventure begins

And so, another adventure begins. Randy and I are first heading up to Idaho for about 10 days to watch the eclipse, the first one in about a hundred years that can be seen across most of the United States in a swath that goes roughly from Portland OR to Greenville SC. For the history-of-eclipses among you, this is from Wikipedia:

“The August 2017 eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the US’s Pacific coast and Atlantic coast since1918. Also, its path of totality makes landfall exclusively within the United States, making it the first such eclipse since the country’s independence in 1776. (The path of totality of the eclipse of June 13, 1257, was the last to make landfall exclusively on lands currently part of the US.)”

About a month after that little trip—for us, if we’re going to go someplace, we want to GO!—we will leave on a cruise. This is definitely a cruise for people who just really would prefer not to fly. We leave San Diego in September heading generally westward to Australia and continue all the way around OZ (might as well get used to it, OZ is easier to write than Australia!). We get off the ship (Holland America’s Maasdam in Sydney after 55 days and stay on dry ground for three days, getting back on the Amsterdam (spending a night on her before actually starting back) for out cruise back to San Diego.

Along the way we’ll get to catch up with our son and daughter-in-law in Sydney and see some old and new friends from the ‘round-the-world cruise we took in 2012. We’ll see more old friends in Brisbane and Tauranga (New Zealand) as well. I’m already making some new friends on CruiseCritic in the Roll Calls for our three cruises and will be joining some of them on private tours in various cities in OZ.

This is the itinerary (simplified!):

Day 6: Arrives 07:00 AM Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Day 7: Departs 06:00 PM Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Day 13: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Pago Pago, Samoa

Day 15: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands

Day 16: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Dravuni Island, Fiji

Day 18: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Port Vila, Vanuatu

Day 19: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Tadine, Mare, New Caledonia

Day 20: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Noumea, New Caledonia

Day 23: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 06:30 PM Sydney, Australia

Day 25: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM Brisbane, Australia

Day 27: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Hamilton Island, Queensland

Day 29: Arrives 08:30 AM Departs 06:45 PM Cairns, Australia

Day 33: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM Darwin, Australia

Day 36: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 02:00 PM Komodo Island, Indonesia

Day 37: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia

Day 40: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Exmouth, Australia

Day 42: Arrives Noon Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Day 43: Departs 01:00 PM Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Day 44: Arrives Noon Departs 06:00 PM Albany, Australia

Day 47: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:59 PM Adelaide, South Australia

Day 48: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Day 50: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Melbourne, Australia

Day 51: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Day 52: Arrives 02:00 PM Departs 11:00 PM Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Day 53: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 03:00 PM Port Arthur, Australia

Day 55: Arrives 07:00 AM Sydney, Australia

Day 58: Sydney Depart SYD 1800

Day 62: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Waitangi, NZ

Day 63: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM Tauranga, NZ

Day 64: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM Auckland, NZ

Day 67: Arrives 12:00 PM Departs 06:00 PM Dravuni Island, Fiji

Day 68: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Lautoka, Fiji

Day 69: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji

Day 71: AT SEA Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM Apia, Upolo. Samoa

Day 76: Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM Honolulu, HI

Day 77: Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM Lahaina, HI

Some highlights: we hope to see komodo dragons in the wild on Komodo Island; lots of wine drinking in Adelaide and Melbourne; a foody tour in Honolulu; and Fairy and Little penguins on Kangaroo Island (I know, why isn’t it Penguin Island?). I’ll write more when we get there and I hope I’ll have lots of photos!

Hello world!

Just starting out with my WordPress blog on traveling with my husband, both seniors who have been traveling for our entire 55 year married life. We do love to travel, especially cruising! We’ve been around the world and around South America on a cruise ship and a taken quite a few other watery and earthly voyages as well. I’ll be back soon with an update on our planning of a cruise from San Diego to Sydney and around Australia and then back home, all on a cruise ship. Lots of interesting things happen on a cruise and in the planning of a cruise. Stay tuned!