|Unpacked luggage on my bed|
Well folks, the time is almost here. My annual trip to Toronto, Canada to visit my good buddy Pat. Every year at the end of summer I spend Labor Day in Canada. I love Canada! I like Pat too!
Thus begins the packing for the trip. I think I have this down by now. In the past I've always taken way too much with me. Cloths that I never wear.
I tell myself each trip, "Pack less Ron, you can always buy want you need at your destination". But you know what folks? I still pack an extra shirt of two (or three) "just in case." Well, I'm here to tell you this trip this is what I'm packing:
- Five sets of underwear
- Five pairs of white socks
- One pair of long pants
- One shirt
- One pullover
- My pharmaceuticals (prescriptions)
- Macbook Air laptop computer
- Chargers for my computer and iPhones
And that's it folks! Pat has my shaving equipment and toothbrush already in his bathroom. Also my fiber blend mixture I take daily and the glass to mix it in.
I already have a Canadian bank account (with a very nice exchange rate, thank you).
I will wear my shorts; my favorite seersucker shirt (I'll try not to duplicate shirts I've worn on my previous two visits - don't want the same shirt showing up in photos taken during different years).
My friend Larry is picking me up next Tuesday here at Casa Tipton-Kelly next Tuesday at around 8:30 and driving me to the Philadelphia International airport for my 12:10 PM flight to Buffalo, New York. Pat will pick me up in Buffalo (shuffle off to Buffalo) and we will spend the night in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The next night we will stay the night at a hotel in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Pat brought a hamster's nest condo in Hamilton in which he will move next year. He's going to show me the converted hotel where his new condo will be constructed (it's not finished yet). Then we're off to Pat's home in Toronto for the rest of the week.
|Pat and I last year at the "beach" in Toronto, Canada (Lake Ontario)|
While in Toronto we'll spend a day at the Canadian Expo and try not to lose our hats this time when we take the roller coaster ride.
We'll sample a couple of different vegan restaurants. Pat is a vegan so I go vegan when we're together. We'll visit other parts of Toronto. Pat is a wonderful host and tour director. Such a good driver managing that heavy Toronto traffic.
This is a trip I eagerly look forward to every year folks. I had always planned to travel when I retired and I have to tell you, since meeting Pat, my dream of traveling with a good friend and enjoying life has come true way beyond my wildest expectations.
Next trip is when Pat comes down to Philly on my birthday in November, the day after the U.S. election. Hopefully I will be able to celebrate the election of Hillary Clinton as president. If Trump is elected, I just may go back to Canada with Pat.