Saturday, April 19, 2008

We're off!

Pie in the Sky II has begun. With the Excellent Element all packed and ready to go -- suitcases, electronics, tools and food stashed in genius cubbies under the futon platform -- Michelle and I hit the road this morning at 11:42. We weren't a mile away before I thought of something I forgot -- the cool CD set of Terry Gross interviews with writers that Mich gave me for my birthday-- but Michelle said it was too late to turn around.

"What direction are we pointing," she said, at about the corner of Fauntleroy and Alaska. "That's right. Ahead."

Weirdly, it was beginning to snow a little bit as we left town, the latest in the year that snow ever has fallen in Seattle, I believe. And it snowed off and on all the way to Mom's house in Eugene, along with patches of hail, really strong rain, and brilliant sunshine.

Here we are crossing into Oregon.

Mom prepared us an excellent manicotti dinner. I'm really glad she was the first stop on this cool trip. We're off now to visit our friends the Stahlbergs, a couple miles away, and then in the morning we'll head out for San Francisco.


kateco said...

mmmmanicotti! by Rita. what a great first stop. thanks for the update!

Janice said...

Happy birthday, Michelle!

Rita said...

I'm so glad to be a part of the Pie-in-the-Sky II launch.

We had a fun night and a couple of very happy campers took off in April snow this morning with a TripMobile decked out like you wouldn't believe!!!
That Element was packed up like a Rubik's Cube - no space for the tiniest add-on.

I can't wait to hear the feedback.

What a way to celebrate a birthday, Michelle.

Happy traveling you two.

mich said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle!! Sorry I'm a day late. I hope the S.F. gig goes well.

freda said...

Happy birthday, glad I got it in when I talked to you on the 19th because yesterday, no luck, no wireless, no nothing. John and Yulan aren't hooked up yet. You're trip is off to a good start, can't wait to see you. I am off home tomorrow.

kateco said...

happy birthday michelle nicolosi!

David said...

could you please fed ex some manicotti from your next stop?

Ronelle said...

Happy Birthday Michelle!!!
Hope you are having a great time!

Jim Thomsen said...

I'm glad you go there safe. And glad you're not shirking your blogging obligations for such incidentals as food, sleep and showering.

There shalt be no other blog above we.

freda said...

do you have any way of knowing if David is my brother David?

Mark said...

Freda, I'm pretty sure David is our friend and Michelle's boss David.