After the Minocqua trip with my parents last week, I got into Bertha and drove two hours south on Friday to Madison, WI, where I went to college. Saturday morning I ran (well, jogged really – I’m not a runner) a 5k fun run with my best friend Julie, and I’m staying with her until tomorrow when my plane departs from Madison. By this time on Wednesday I’ll be on Lasqueti Island in BC, Canada.
The island has no cell signal and the closest WiFi is a 20 minute walk one way so I’m going to be on vacation from IO during this time, and will not be responding to e-mails and comments until I get back to Wisconsin on July 9th. But for those who missed the announcement last week, I’ve already written up and scheduled blog posts that’ll be going up twice a week as normal while I’m gone, so you’ll still be getting your IO fix!
Packing for this ten day (12 if you include the travel days) excursion without the Casita has been interesting. I’ve flown before, but never for so long of a trip and if you think living out of 94 square feet is tough, living out of a suitcase is likely to be even more limiting. Fortunately I’m something of a minimalist by nature so instead of seeing it as a drag I’m looking at it like a challenge.
My process was simple: I turned to a blank piece of paper and mentally went through my trip day by day and jotted down what I would need – from passport to sleepwear to hiking shoes to equipment for poi spinning (it’s a poi retreat). I came back to the list a few times over the course of a week or so as new items came to me, it really helps when you’re planning for a trip to not rush it.
Truly the most challenging part was making sure I had everything I needed for the retreat before leaving Rapids because I’ve left the Casita parked at my parent’s place. So really I needed two sets of items: the clothes etc. for my stay with Julie here in Madison (which Julie will hold onto in Madison until my flight back), and then the things for Canada. There’s some overlap there but also some things unique to each phase… like the camping gear.
Yes, camping gear. When I say ‘ten day retreat’ you probably think big dollars but it’s actually quite reasonably priced because accommodations are rustic. I need to bring my own sleeping bag, most people set up tents to stay in but I’m going to be sleeping in my hammock in the studio (Leviathan Studio is a log structure, there are places to hang hammocks inside). There are no flush toilets, there is a single shower. The power is all solar generated so no fancy toys. You can’t take vehicles on the ferry to the island either, not that it matters to me because I’m flying but that’s why I say the nearest WiFi is 20 minutes by foot. So really it’s still going to be a lot like a camping trip – just without Cas. I’m so looking forward to sharing the experience with you all when I get back!
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