“Well, I guess I’ll see you in Chicago in March then I’m off to Cedar Rapids for work and then we’ll be in Nepal in April.”

“Excuse me, mom? DID YOU JUST SAY NEPAL? As in next to India, Nepal?”

“Yes, yes I did.”

My mom is going to Nepal. In April. Dalai Lama, Nepal. She just dropped it into casual conversation. Like it’s normal to be going to Nepal. Little does she know you can’t casually drop Nepal into a conversation that started with talk of Illinois and Iowa. There’s a rule about it. Somewhere. I know there is.

And apparently Tiny Grandma and Grandpa Poopsie are going go on a river rafting trip, they are going to fly around Everest (29, 035 foot EVEREST) and RIDE ELEPHANTS THROUGH THE JUNGLE.  Have you seen my mom? She’s called Tiny Grandma for a reason.

My grandparents, in their late 80’s and married for just about sixty years have taken to traveling far and wide lately also. Two years ago it was the Great Wall (as in China). Last year it was New Zealand. In April they’ll cruise around the TIP OF SOUTH AMERICA and in the fall they’ll be cruising to Russia. RUSSIA. At eighty years old. I can only imagine that my grandpa is his travel agent’s favorite client.

In the meantime, it’s Louisville, Chicago, San Francisco and Naples for me this year. (Oh, and by Naples I mean Naples, Utah. Not Italy.)


  1. I am so jealous of your parents and grandparents! (And I want to be them when I grow up, please?)

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  2. See, now you’ve made everyone jealous…That was your plan all along wasn’t it? Bbbwwwaahahah.

    Ps. I’m jealous

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  3. not Naples, Florida? Still, I am envious of their travels – and yes, there is a rule somewhere, I swear it. 🙂

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  4. And envious of your travels, too. Hit submit too soon – sorry! My travels will take me to…well, uh, the grocery store?

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  5. Wooo! Cedar Rapids! Thats where I fly into when I go home!

  6. heyyour traveling more then me, mine is travelling to Calgary which is 6 hours away, and thats about it.

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  7. Hmm…I think I might get to the city for groceries this week…if the temps get above -40.

    After that, it’s all about San Fran.

    But I’m aiming to be like your parents and grandparents when I grow up…

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  8. This reminds me of Ben at three, telling everyone who’d listen that he was born in India.

    (Illinois, Ben, Illinois.)

  9. Haha! Fantastic! Chicago and San Fran are fantastic… and I had no idea there was a Naples in Utah… very curious. ;o)


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  10. If you rearrange Naples and drop the “s” you can have Nepal, too…

    Not that it helps.

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  11. I want to travel too. But those dern kids, always crimping my jet-settin’ style.

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  12. Feeling the need to set the aging facts correctly:
    1. Grandpa is 88
    2. Grandma is 85
    3. The have been married 62 1/2 years.

    I loved Reese’s comment about changing Naples to Nepal – they are quite close in the imagination.

    And gosh, if you’re talking travel – you forgot to mention my trip in October to photograph Polar Bears 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Now THAT was a TRIP!

    So once you get your kids booted out on their own (though there are lots of places to take them as they grow up — Casey didn’t suffer there – fess up girl!), and saved your nickels and dimes over the years, you too can travel farther than the grocery store… It’s one of those rites of passage that doesn’t get full attention except in older circles.

    Take a journey… Bring home the joy.

  13. My grandparents went around the world when they were in their 70’s. I wish I was independently wealthy so I could go before then, but I don’t see it happening any time soon. Sigh…

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  14. I can totally hook you up with famous sherpas. 😉

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  15. Someday…someday our children will be off paying for themselves and we’ll finally be able to afford to travel the world. (HOPEFULLY. If not, I’m changing my number.)

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