And now my parents have got their itinerary set for their big South Seas expedition. I suppose it was mostly set by whatever tour package they were going along with, but they've shared it with us now. They've always been world travellers, and they were keeping Australia as their big retirement treat. (Yes, they've been to Antarctica already. Twice, in fact.)
They're starting off with Hawaii, which I know my father's visited before and I think my mother has. (He'd gone on a couple trips with his parents, who never quite seemed to accept that they didn't have to have passports to fly from Newark to Honolulu.) Then off to Australia to wander around the eastern coast a good bit and take a hot air balloon that I would have sworn was off ever since their little hot air balloon accident in Turkey a couple years ago. Then sailing to New Zealand, Tahiti, and Bora Bora (the itinerary says they're going to go ``snokeling'', which even if they are going snorkeling instead, I can't imagine my mother going along with, though my father's up for it). Then more Hawaii, then sailing to Vancouver, back to Seattle.
After that, they're to be flying by way of Atlanta to Philadelphia to get to my aunt's place in South Jersey, from which they stage their big move to Charleston. They have an apartment picked out there and apparently the big move of a trailer full of stuff down there --- I'm not sure whether to the actual apartment or just to a storage locker --- was carried off successfully. So, I guess, that's their lives squared away for the next couple months. Here's hoping.
Trivia: After Orville and Wilbur Wright's father sold a 320-farm he'd owned in Iowa in 1902, and divided the proceeds among his (four) sons, the two had about $4,900 in two local savings and loan associations. Source: First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane, T A Heppenheimer.
Currently Reading: The Other Fifties: Interrogating Midcentury American Icons, Editor Joel Foreman.