High Hopes

Cats are generally inscrutable, but I have a suspicion that Beppo is thinking that he and Shel’s guitar are going on a cruise together through the Panama Canal, nestled cosily against the blue plush lining that’s held up so well for the past40 years.  Or maybe he thinks that if he stays in Shel’s guitar case he’ll get the place to himself and travel far and wide sans guitar.  But alas for Beppo, and Zazou, it’s the guitar that’s going to be doing the cruising, whilst they cool their furry little heels at home.

Of course we wouldn’t let the guitar go on such a long journey all by itself, so we’re going with it.  We’ve never been on a cruise, we’ve both always dreamed of seeing the Panama Canal, and we’re taking the plunge. In less than two weeks we’ll be sailing southwards, visiting tiny bits of Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and then spending a long sweet day locking through the mighty canal.

I plan to bring you all with me.  Not in the guitar case, of course, because Beppo has first dibs, but through the magic of satellite communications. Out there above the star-sparkled skies of the tropics are the satellites that will keep us in touch, as we discover what it’s like when dreams really do come true.  I hope you’ll be along for the ride.

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16 Comments on “High Hopes”

  1. Jan Says:

    Aw, Beppo….. Looking forward to enjoying the Panama vicariously. Just wish the weather could be transmitted here by satellite 😉

  2. Rona Y Says:

    Beppo looks almost svelte! Has he lost some weight since his return?

    Have a great time in Panama, and I can’t wait to hear about the food! 🙂

  3. Wendy Says:

    bon voyage! can’t wait to hear all about it as the Panama Canal has always been on my list too!

  4. Ujwala Samant Says:

    Bon voyage Abra and Shel…hope the cruise is the stuff of dreams..

  5. Chris Sherwood Says:

    Looking forward to the updates!

  6. jessica Says:

    I know that you will have a wonderful time and all of your readers, Abra, are glad that you will be taking us (instead of Beppo) along with you!

  7. Lori Says:

    Sounds like a great trip – yet another adventure for the two of you. Have a wonderful time!

  8. Judy K Says:

    Bon Voyage…..My husband, the “canal enthusiast” has led me on tours of many canals in the world. But our cruise through the Panama Canal, and little tastes of Costa Rica and Guatemala, was special. I was just done with a year of chemo and radiation and wanted a pretty and relaxing trip May your cruise lead you two too to many more adventures.

  9. Lauren Says:

    How cool is that?! What cruise line are you on?

  10. Jeanne Says:

    Thank you for taking us along as you savor your dreams come true! I hope this is a trip of celebration! 🙂

  11. Nancy Says:

    My parents LOVED that trip. I’m still dreaming about it. Have a fabulous time, and share your fables with us!

  12. Abra Bennett Says:

    We’re sailing on the Celebrity Infinity. The idea of being able to sail out of Seattle through the Panama Canal is just irresistible.

  13. Lauren Says:

    That looks like a great itinerary. Have a fun trip!

  14. Heinz Says:

    Abra and Shel have a wonderful time, enjoy the cruise and may the trip lead the way to many other adventures alike.

  15. Amy Says:

    Have a wonderful adventure on your cruise. It all sounds lovely. “A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!” – one of my favorite palindromes.

  16. heidih Says:

    Looking forward to your reports. Wishing you a wonderful and lovely adventure.

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