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The Care Package

Chapter Nine

I’m getting used to not having access to the things I use regularly back in the USA from deodorant to peanut butter.  But with the arrival of my mother-in-law we took possession of a whole lot of items we’ve been missing. It was like Christmas when she dumped out her bag.  In fact, her suitcase was full of our things – more than her own!

In the past couple of months we have ordered things online and shipped them to my sister who delivered them to my mom in law. She has also done some shopping for us. And my friend Sonja went and bought me a collapsible colander!  What a treat!

The things we wanted included –

  • Powdered Gatorade
  • solid stick Deodorant
  • Giant bottle of Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol Sinus Medicine
  • Hiking socks
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • One lightweight sleeping bag (for the Camino)
  • Can Opener
  • Collapsible Colander
  • Contact lenses
  • Prescriptions
  • Refill for Gillette woman’s razor
  • New heads for our battery operated toothbrushes
  • Travel books (Australia and Bali)
  • Camino passport
  • Bed bug spray for Camino
  • Updated credit cards
  • Camera lens for the iPhone
  • Freezer bags
  • One cardigan sweater (that I regretted sending home in February)

When Lynn leaves we plan to ship some things home with her as well. Even though we already shipped a box home, the longer we are gone the more we have honed down the clothes, shoes and miscellaneous other items we don’t need or want on the Grand Adventure.  So she will take home some long pants and long sleeves shirts and a few other clothing items, my green Chucks, our water bladders that go in our backpacks,  a few gifts and cookbooks we have purchased and a few miscellaneous other things.

Simplify.

Despite taking possession of all the items mentioned above, we still believe we will be lighter and more sharply appointed for our minimal needs.

A big thank you to Everyone who helped get us these goodies!  Our comrades!

The journey continues!

 

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