Monday morning and time to think about travelling back to Hollis. It was another absolutely stunning drive, trees and water amazing scenic views. We chatted about the excitement of the previous days and what we were looking forward to over the next week or so, Las Vegas and Utah. It's great to be able to spend some time together, we have a shared history of family but have never spent much time over the years because of the distance between us Elisabet has lived in the USA for over 20 years, and I have lived in the U.K since I was two. We have met from time to time in Iceland but our visits there rarely coincided. Meeting in St Louis earlier this year under very sad circumstances has allowed us to build a relationship probably not unlike that of Greta and Helga our mothers. I have so many memories of Helga visiting us in England and the fun and laughter there was between them, she was like an older sister to me and I visited her in Iceland a few times on my own. So it feels really good to have this new connection and friendship, probably made even more important to me because of the loss of both my sisters. As we talk it's amazing howmany similarities there are between us not just the fact we are both called Elisabet, but our work ethic and beliefs, and our sense of humour and fun.
So we arrived back in Hollis, did a quick unpack of the car and then went down to the Mall to get me a camelback and a rucksack. I definitely can't survive with the big handbag I bought as hand luggage. Back home and an early dinner, movie and early to bed to try and get back to some sort of normality. As I mentioned before Elisabet's house is in a beautiful setting surrounded by trees and they often have bears coming right up to the house. I was hoping to witness them but it hasn't happened, Just after dinner Gary called that there were Deer at the feeder, I was able to get a few photos, they are a bit grainy because they are through the mesh, and a fawn appeared at the last minute, so beautiful, and what a treat.
Yesterday we took the dogs for a walk in a local park, Mine Fall Park, it was so beautiful, and we saw maybe half a dozen people on the circuit we took. Very peaceful, and the dogs clearly love it there. This is part of their daily routine when Elisabet is not at work, so we are going back this morning after we have checked in to our flight tomorrow to Las Vegas. After our walk we went shopping for some Levi's for me, and I also bought myself a cheap phone to avoid the horrific charges Vodafone were laying on me to use my package. Another quiet night in and a lovely dinner cooked by Elisabet, a movie and then I was treated to the finale of Americas Got Talent, seems that wherever you go you can watch the same programme, good old Simon Cowell was there and Mel B had the most bizarre hair I have seen in a long time. Multi coloured i.e. Purple, red, green, blue, and sparkling. Yuk is all I can say about that. I must be getting old! An early night for me, I am finally getting over the insect bites, the swollen feet I had after my flight and trip to Vermont, so sleep is improving. Just in time to move to another time zone.
A better nights sleep last night, and I was laying in bed this morning and I could hear a skein of geese flying overhead, reminded me of home as we have geese living close by and I used to see them flying over the house quite often, but haven't for ages, I wonder why that is. Another beautiful walk in the park again today, a different route and I didn't think I would want or need to take more photographs but it was so different so here are a few more images, part of it is a bird reserve. Stunning. It's hard to believe you are in the centre of the town whilst you are walking through here.
A quiet day planned for today, as we are flying to Las Vegas tomorrow morning on the 9am flight, via Chicago. We have three nights there and have booked to see Penn and Teller, but will also see what else is available in terms of shows. We intend to walk every morning keeping up our fitness training, I am sure we will do a little gambling. Don't worry boys I will be careful with your inheritance, or maybe not! And then on Sunday we go the the Movara fitness resort for a week of exercise and diet and goodness knows what else! Apparently the day starts with a hike up the mountains. Scary. Will I survive to continue the adventure. Oh well at least of got the first week or so to look back on if I have to be airlifted home.