As the day of departure (July 30th) approaches, both Jimmy and I have been preparing–each in our way. Yesterday Jimmy emailed me to say he had gone out for a walk in the rain, to test out his rain gear. While there wasn’t much rain, he encountered some muddy spots that convinced him of the value of gaiters–which he had already procured. I will be picking up a pair later this week. Today I purchased arnica gel, homeopathic arnica pills, and rosemary oil — in anticipation of potential aches and pains. I also spent a happy hour putting my daily vitamins into little compartments in plastic holders–maybe not entirely necessary, but satisfying all the same. I haven’t yet tried packing my suitcase, though I hope to do this by Wednesday.