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Old 08-06-2008, 06:35 AM   #76
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Short answer:
We are flying out the day before.

Actually, we are leaving home on Thursday the 14th. We are driving to my mom's and staying over at her house and then getting a car service to JFK Airport. (So there is 1 night of clothes!)
Then we fly into Phoenix on the 15th and are staying at the Arizona Grand Resort for the night. (more clothes, wet bathing suits!)
Then on the 16th we go back to the airport and meet the group. 16th - 23rd with the group. Then at Grand Junction we are renting a car. We will spend the night (23rd) in Glenwood Springs (they have hot springs and caves) then go on to Denver until the 27th. Finally fly back to JFK and get a car back to my mom's, we'll spend the night there and go home in the morning. So we leave the 14th and get home the 28th.

That was the extended version!
(I think I was warming up for the pretrip report)
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:47 PM   #77
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Very excellent! Sounds like you will be doing a lot to make the travelling as low-key as possible. Just to let you know, at Red Cliffs Lodge, there are computer terminals in the lobby, so you can just sit down and log on to the DISboards and check in with us......if you are so inclined to let us know how things are going!
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:49 PM   #78
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Ha!
Pretty sure DH is bringing his laptop. One of those - I'll have to pry it from his cold, dead, fingers! I won't complain when it will satisfy my dis board addiction. He also has one of those cards that provides you with your own internet access. Don't ask me more about it - waaaaay beyond my understanding. So I'm thinking if it works on the bus, I can use the drive time well!
We are trying to make sure everyone has the appropriate hats, shoes etc....
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #79
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There will be places where that card won't work, I suspect. There were long stetches where we were out of cell phone range for pretty much everybody on the tour, and if there's any correlation, you might only get coverage on the coach sometimes. But the rooms have free internet access, so the laptop will work at the hotels.

One good hat with a rim will do it per family member. And for shoes, good closed-toed walking shoes, flip-flops, shoes that aren't flip-flops that you don't mind getting wet....that about covers it!
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:53 PM   #80
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The kids and I were at the dentist today and they asked if we were taking any trips this summer. Then it hit me. We leave home 1 week from today!
I'm so excited - yet stressed about how much needs to be done before we go. I planned this way to close to the start of school. Can't wait until we go - then I won't worry about anything.

I figured that might be the case with the computer on the bus - I'll do the best I can and try to catch up at night.

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Old 08-07-2008, 04:42 PM   #81
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The kids and I were at the dentist today and they asked if we were taking any trips this summer. Then it hit me. We leave home 1 week from today!
Have a great time! You guys are going to have a blast!

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:36 AM   #82
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Have a great time! You guys are going to have a blast!

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Thanks! I enjoyed your trip report and all the pictures so much. I even printed it out (I hope you don't mind) to show friends and family what we are about to do. It tells it all so much better than any promotional material! The only thing I imagine we won't have is the SNOW!

I'm off to work today to set up my classroom. One of the thing that must get done before we go.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:58 AM   #83
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Hi Tammydel!
I'm looking forward to your trip report!!!! Good luck with all your last minute preparations--and with setting up your classroom. (My mom was a teacher, so I always used to look forward to going in to school with her in the summer to set up the bulletin boards, books, etc. . . . Hopefully you will have some helpers too! :0)

I think we leave right after you come back (8/20), so I hope you get a chance to post during your trip. Can't wait!!! Hope you have a great time!!!!

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:42 AM   #84
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Hi TurtleMom!
They must have 2 trips going at once. Our ABD begins 8/16 and ends 8/23, so we overlap. We actually don't get home until 8/28 because we are going on to Denver on our own.

My kids came with me to help on Friday, I need to try to get in one more day - tomorrow I think. Where do you live and would you want to meet me in Poughkeepsie, NY tomorrow???? I could use some experienced help!

I am planning on posting as we go, maybe starting a pre-trip soon! Any advice out there on where to get an account online to store pictures so I can post them? I have NO experience with that so I would love reccomendations.

Still waiting for my son's schedule and supply list!!!!!

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Old 08-11-2008, 12:09 PM   #85
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Thanks! I enjoyed your trip report and all the pictures so much. I even printed it out (I hope you don't mind) to show friends and family what we are about to do. It tells it all so much better than any promotional material! The only thing I imagine we won't have is the SNOW!
I totally don't mind if you print it out. I'm kinda honored! I wouldn't like it if anyone re-posted it on the web without asking me, but printing it out --- cool! Now, as payment, you can stuff me in your suitcase & take me along...

And I think you can safely assume you won't have snow!!!!

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Old 08-11-2008, 01:42 PM   #86
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Hey Tammydel!
I guess we will be on the same adventure on the same week, just starting a little later than yours! I guess I can check in on the dis boards to see how it is going up the road! I'm afraid I don't have any advice on the pictures though--maybe Sayhello or Cindy18 can help us both out. . . .

As for the classroom--I'd love to help you out, but I'm in Washington, D.C. at the moment (stuck behind my work desk)! Probably wouldn't make it up there in time. Good luck with the class list! I actually ordered school supplies on-line this year, thanks to the PTA arragements.

In the meantime--good luck with everything!
Talk to you soon--
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:26 AM   #87
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So envious of both of you for your upcoming trips. If either of you has Geraldine or Tiffany (or both, if they're still doing tours together), you are guaranteed a good time. Please be sure to say hi from me if you happen to be spending the week with one of them.

TammyDel, remember that the days leading into a vacation are always stressful, no matter what. Your classroom will be great and within a day or two of leaving, you will be so far away from all of that and so stunned by what you're seeing that all the stress you're feeling now will disappear, I promise.

In terms of photos, DH is the photo tech person in our house. We had enough space on our photo cards in our cameras that we didn't need to download any pictures until we got home. We use flickr as a site for posting pictures. What happened was that we downloaded all 1300+ pictures to our computer when we got home. After deleting about 200 as lousy or duplicates, I made a small subfile of pictures for the DisBoards. DH put those pictures on flickr and then uploaded them from flickr to this post. For something more technically advanced than that explanation, I'll have to wait until he wakes up!

It seems as though there are different ways to do it, though. I noticed that SayHello's pictures were much bigger, and I remember she had to set up separate posts to get them all on. We didn't have that problem. The pictures on this post are smaller, but all 21 got on without issue. Go figure.
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