Stressing About Packing

I’ve mentioned before that this trip we are about to take is going to be much different than any other, especially in terms of packing.  I’ve reverted to my old habit of checking the weather where we are going multiple times a day.  I don’t understand how the forecast can be so different from morning to night and then go back to what it was in the morning the next day.  I guess I can’t really rely on the weatherman, right?

The latest predictions are for sunny skies and a high of 68 when we arrive in Anaheim for the precruise stay.  The next three days though are supposed to be in the mid to upper 70s.  Ok, I better pack at least one pair of shorts and a pair of capris.  The lows will be in the mid to upper 50s so I’ll need a windbreaker, at least.  I won’t need a parka though like I do at home this morning.  It is a balmy 27 degrees outside.  Yes, that is Fahrenheit and it is the end of April.  This is so wrong.  It’s not likely my tulips and daffodils will be blooming before we leave since they are covered in snow at the moment.  We’ll be lucky if we see them at all this year.

Back to the weather…  We arrive in San Francisco on April 29 to temperatures of 63 for a high and 53 for a low (subject to change this afternoon if weather.com has their way).  We are going to Napa Valley for the day with highs expected in the low 70s.  I guess I’ll need a light jacket or sweater to go between the two areas.  It will probably be cooler in the morning anyway.  We will stay overnight in San Francisco on the ship.  I can’t wait to see the city light up at night.  We’ve never been to San Francisco so I know it will be a treat.  On Saturday, we have most of the day to explore the city (with help from a friend!) and it will be in the low 60s.  At home when we have daytime highs in the Spring like this, I would be wearing pants or shorts and a short-sleeved shirt so I imagine it will be like that out there.  Or will it?  I should have been monitoring the wind conditions too!  If it’s 60 and windy, skip the shorts!

We leave San Francisco in the afternoon and sail up towards Victoria, British Columbia.  I am looking forward to seeing the Pacific Coast go by.  I’ve only seen parts of the coast when traveling, or riding Soarin’ so this will be a highlight for me.  We arrive in Victoria on May 2.  Here’s where the problems start.  Weather.com only has the forecast through April 30!  Now what do I do?  I start looking at the trends the week leading up to April 30.  It should be pretty consistent, right?  The “trend” I’m seeing are low 50s in both Victoria and Vancouver at the end of April.

Here’s where I hope the trends will change.  When we first booked the cruise to Alaska, people said it was very rainy up there.  Then they said that May is not a very rainy month.  What do the trends show?  Rain, showers, more rain, every day.  Maybe that’s because of the April showers?  Maybe May will be drier.  Ok, I packed my Mickey ponchos, just in case.  What’s just as disturbing as the rain are the high temperatures.  High 40s and low 50s!  The lows are to be in the upper 30s and lower 40s!  What was I thinking!  I hate the cold!  (I know, why do I live in Wisconsin then?).

It’s just simply too far out to worry about Seattle now, where we’ll be for a couple nights after the cruise.  I’m hoping for a heatwave when we get there!  Oh wait, I won’t have enough shorts!

I’m happy to say, I have charged all the camera batteries, downloaded any “forgotten” photos and packed my camera bag.  That’s about all that is ready to go.  My spare bedroom is littered with stacks of clothes, formals, shoes, fish extenders and gifts, luggage, you name it.  Anything we may need to pack.  What is disturbing is the lack of items that are actually in the luggage.  And there’s still a few things that haven’t been washed yet.  Why?  Because it’s too cold to pack them since we are still wearing them!  The weatherman is forecasting a little warmer today with thunderstorms tomorrow.  It’ll be nice on Saturday and Sunday, when I have no choice but to get packing and leave.

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