Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One Week to Go!

In one week we will be embarking on a 6 hour ferry ride. To tell you the truth, that is the part I am most nervous about. I figure once we get off that boat (and our sea legs wear off), I will be much more excited about the journey. It's not so much that I think the boat will sink, or that we'll hit an iceberg (although... now that I think of it...) but just that after each pregnancy my susceptibility to motion sickness has increased. I'm thinking 6 hours of nausea - or worse - is not that fun! I will be packing much Gravol and maybe something a little stronger. My prayer concern for the present is calm seas and sunny skies. I know I'll be better if we can hang out on deck. However, we have booked our own cabin; 4 bunks and our own bathroom. It will be great to have a place to hang out or sleep or barf. I've never spent that much time on a boat, nor been on a boat in the open North Atlantic...

My piles have started. I have a to-pack pile going on the couch, eventually there will be nowhere to sit! I have some audio books and summer gear as well as books about Canada. I have also found some great resources for turning the trip into a semi-educational adventure. I figure, if I decide to home school next year I'll have Geography, History and Languages covered for the whole year!! I found a book called "Car schooling" that is FULL of super fun and creative travelling games. The whole book is broken into subjects and the games actually meet curriculum requirements!

Barton leaves this Friday morning for Halifax to a big conference, so I'm on my own for the weekend. Riley leaves with her class on Sunday morning on their trip to St Pierre. (She could probably tell you how many hours until they go!) Barton is back Tuesday morning and we will leave Wednesday at lunch. Riley's class is coming back in the direction that we're heading (there aren't many options when you're on an island!) so we are actually going to meet her in Goobies (seriously it is, look it up!) and snatch her from the school bus. It'll at least save her a few hours of backtracking.

Ok, that's all for now...


Norina said...

Chris uses something called bonamine (sp??) when he goes out fishing in the ocean, keeps him from getting ill. Maybe try that. Good luck!

Carolyn said...

They gave us ginger tablets in Aus. Anything's worth trying!

Kirsten said...

Don't worry you and the kids will love the ferry. It's so different than the west coast. There's a theatre that show's current films; lots of different lounges; a kids playroom; and a bar with live music at night. You can borrow videos, board games and puzzles from the concierge.
Make sure to leave yourself lots of time to make your reservation though, if you are late they will give it away and when you're waiting 6-8 hours for the next boat...(that's if you get on from the standby line).
Are you going to the Calbot trail? There's a great beach in Ingonish. Will you go to Louisburg? It was one of the family favourites. Flowerpot rocks in New Brunswick was a big hit but make sure to go a low tide.
I can't wait to hear about all your adventures. Have the very best time.
Good Luck with the sea sickness.