The flurry of activity has begun...2 days and counting...Not freaking out about Coronavirus...

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Two years ago today, we wrote: "This is unreal...the Black Browed Albatross on Steeple Jason Island, remove tall grass from these massive "pod-like" structures, adding mud and vegetation to make it a freestanding pod on which they can nest. Here's a young chick making a little noise while atop her/his elevated nest.  That's amazing!" See the post here.
This morning I headed out to Safeway one last time for a few grocery items to fill in the blanks over the next few days. I received a $10 credit on the items I purchased from using up my rewards points. Tonight, we'll eat breakfast again for dinner to use the remaining bacon and eggs we have on hand.

Tomorrow morning, we'll do the laundry and finish packing our clothing bags and weigh them. We're allowed two checked bags each, weighing a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) each. This should work fine for both of us.

We got rid of the duffel bag while in Minnesota and replaced it with a good quality wheeling carry-on sized bag. We'll pack our heavy jeans and coats in this bag. Here's what we currently have for luggage including carry-on bags:

1. Tom's clothing: 50 pounds
2. Jess clothing: 50 pounds
3. Small carry-on bag: 40 pounds (we'll check this)
4. Carry-on backpack computer bag: 20
5. Carry-on bag (doubles as a handbag): 15 pounds
6. Carry-on yellow Costco bag which holds medications and prescriptions, my small pillow and blanket: 15 pounds 

We've tried to reduce this load, but after these seven-plus years of world travel, we don't see how we can narrow this down any further as hard as we've tried. Thus, we'll continue on as always.

As mentioned in an earlier post, while in the hotel in Mumbai for two nights, we'll reduce our load to eliminate some weight and leave a bag behind at the hotel for the two months.

Then, besides packing, we're thinking a little about the Coronavirus but, not as much as some may. There have been only a few cases so far in India and they've been testing all arriving passenger's temperatures at all major airports. So far they've sent 12 passengers back to China, refusing them entry. Hopefully, this diligence continues.

This morning I purchased more wipes, not only for our hands, but also for surfaces which we'll wipe down wherever we go including the armrests and tray tables on both planes and all surfaces in our hotel room, including phone, remote, door handles, etc.

Today, our 100 disposable face masks will arrive from Amazon. I had a hard time finding these online, including at the Amazon site. We'd seen a news report in China where people were lined, hundreds deep, at a pharmacy hoping to be able to purchase face masks when they were almost  sold out.

We're taking every precaution we can and we are striving to be sensible and practical. However, if we'd had plans to visit China at this time, I am certain we would have felt it necessary to change our plans.

Last night, we hosted a happy hour for our neighbors and Tom's family. We gathered around the outdoor table and enjoyed a few hours of lively conversation, snacks and drinks.

Worrying is pointless, precautions make sense. We continue on with hope in our hearts that all will be well. 

Have a meaningful Monday!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 27, 2019:

This was one of the youngest kudus we've seen this season. For more photos, please click here.

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