A quick trip home to the USA

In just a few weeks, I’ll be back home on Bainbridge Island for the first time in almost five years. It’s only for a few days, but I’m so excited!




Most important is the chance to see and hug and catch up with friends. I also want to see our house. We didn’t sell it when we left in 2008; instead, it’s been under the watchful care of a dear friend (without Tracey’s help, I really don’t know how we would have managed this). I’m glad to have the chance to see it again meet the family who lives there now.


Jamie and the children will be staying behind in Indonesia, on a mooring in Bali’s Serangan harbour. They keep trying to tell me how jealous they are. I keep trying to remind them they’ll be in Bali. At the moment, we’re at an impasse.


The impetus for the trip is to help my parents move out of a house they’ve sold after more than three decades. It’s not on Bainbridge, though- it’s in northern Michigan. Whether there’s mud or ice waiting, I’m sure it will only take a few minutes to remind me why the tropics are so heavenly and just how lucky we are! But I’ve missed seeing my family, and it will be special to be with them and lend a hand. Hopefully I’ll be able keep myself from getting lost in the nostalgia and offer some meaningful assistance, since the purpose is to get the place packed up.


Traveling will give me a chance for a little blog catch-up. Over the last couple of months, our lack of internet access put the blog a bit out of sync with real time. I still write pretty much every day, but only schedule posts when we can get online- until recently, those were often big gaps. The time away will give blog and life a chance to get re-synced again, since we’ve now reached “connected Indonesia”- every hilltop seems to have a cell tower.


Although I can’t wait to be stateside, I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive. How much has the place I call “home” changed? How much have I changed? I considered trying to surprise a few old friends by just showing up, but had the horrifying thought that they might not recognize me. I’ll try worry about things that are a little more in my control, like whether I can stuff three weeks worth of cold weather clothes into a carry-on backpack. I suspect I’ll be looking for luggage when we get to Bali…

8 Responses to A quick trip home to the USA

  1. Daniel March 28, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Wishing you a safe journey.

  2. Red Charlotte March 28, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Surprising friends would be so much fun! Enjoy it! Have a Starbucks for me!

  3. Kathi Cuffel March 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    You’ll feel like Rip Van Winkle.. Actually, most changes we saw after 3 years were minor. Of course, the mayor was someone we never heard of and there was new music! The downside is forgetting people’s names.

  4. Doug and Carla Scott March 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Enjoy your time with the family!

  5. Skipperette March 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Behan, you haven’t changed! You are just tanner than before the trip. Can’t wait to chat at PAB. We will miss your family in the summers. But then, we will be missing PAB ourselves as we will be in the South Pacific next summer.

  6. Jonathan March 29, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Best wishes on the home pack up. Having done this for several sets of parents, I feel qualified to say it can be quite stressful and tiring and always takes much longer than you think it should.

  7. Jo Reeder March 29, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    I’m thrilled to hear you will be on BI for a few days! I know it will be a whirlwind stop back on this colder island, but it will be worth it for a hug and chat. We’ve missed you!

    • Behan Gifford March 29, 2013 at 5:27 am #

      Jo- I am really looking forward to seeing you and your family. I’m not going to recognize those big boys!

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