For about 2 years now I have been saving my small paychecks, my $100 landfalls, sneaking $20 to $40 here and there and squirreling it away for our trip to England.

The date is planned and the plane tickets are bought. We are going to London.

We are visiting are precious Belchak family. I have visited them once before and had a lovely time.

Our 3 week visit includes me and Don, Benjamin and his girlfriend Haylie, Elisa and David and we will be joined while over there by Chris. My only regret is Erin was not able to join us, we will miss her.

We have what I consider to be outrageous plans. Being with young folks changes things.
An ole grandma and grandpa would hop on a plane at the local airport, land in the designated city and be picked up by a happy, waiting family.
Not us though, young folks think outside that box and manage to have fun on a budget and us ole folks come along with them. We are saving hundreds of dollars by flying out of New York. Of course we don’t live in New York but that is just an old folks detail. We are renting a van for 24 hours and driving through the night from North Carolina to New York. We have 6 drivers, we should be able to make it simple as can be!

After spending a busy day in New York we take off to London at 11:00 PM that night. We will “sleep” on the plane, land in England at 11:00 am the next day. Our next adventure will be to find a train and travel from the airport to our destination, Mortlake, to find our waiting family.

It’s 15 days, 381 hours and 22908 minutes till we go. Time for packing, unlocking phones, crossing t’s and dotting i’s.

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