Last Minute Details

Capitol Building in Packer Green and Gold

Wisconsin’s Capitol in Packer Green and Gold © 2011 Bo Mackison

This date has been circled on my calendar for the last ten months.

Today is departure day–Madison to Tucson, a 30 hour drive. We should arrive sometime on Monday.

My last to-do list includes:

  • Say goodbye to my neurotic cat, and the house sitter who is doubling as the neurotic cat sitter.
  • Recheck (for the fifth time) the camera gear bag, the computer equipment, the two suitcases holding four seasons worth of clothes, and all the other things I’m certain I can’t live without for two months, including a plastic milk crate filled with books.
  • Recheck the bubble wrapped art, and the trailer that will carry that art half way across the country.

Google Map indicates it will take 5 hours and 9 minutes to reach our first destination in western Iowa, but it does not appear to factor in drifting snow or icy patches on the roads. If all goes according to schedule, we should be snug in our hotel room by 7:30 this evening, give or take an hour.

Well, not too snug. A belt in the washing machine snapped while I was doing a load of laundry during the blizzard. Since no repairman would venture to my house before tomorrow, I’m bringing along a plastic garbage bag full of still damp, still dirty clothes. I will get to practice my motel laundry skills, first night out.

In another life, the broken washing machine and the inability to pack clean, folded clothes into my suitcase would have upset me. But not in my going-to-Tucson life. Dirty laundry didn’t rank high enough to make the worry list. It did make the how-do-I-solve-this-with-the-least-amount-of-effort list. So far, so good.

Last night I took a final trip downtown to check out the State Capitol. The dome is specially illuminated this week in Packer green and gold in honor of the Green Bay Packers. They are playing in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday. It’s not an event that happens with much frequency, so I wanted to capture the Capitol in all its Packer glory before I left town.

Madison is a wonderful city. I’ll happily return when the tulips are in bloom.


Bo Mackison is the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is living in Tucson for the next eight weeks, taking daily opportunities to visit deserts and desert gardens while practicing her photography, and blogging about learning to live on her own. Share Bo’s Excellent Adventure as she writes about living in Tucson. Her mantra is “Bo goes solo!”

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Angie Willis says:

    Have a good trip and hope the laundry gets done OK!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Doing great one the first thing–having a good trip so far.
      Not so successful on the laundry–we got in kinda late. But then, laundry always seems to still be there when you get time for it! 🙂

  2. As I said in my previous comment – Happy Travels!

  3. You’ll do fine, Bo. You have that Can-Do-Attitude! LOVE the pic and must share your blog with my Packer buddy who is WAY excited about Sunday’s game! (Me, too!)

  4. Lovely image. I like that it is centered. The dome stands out against the dark.

  5. Joanne Keevers says:

    “Bo goes solo”…I like that! Have an amazing time, Bo. I’m looking forward to reading your posts during this time. I’m really excited for you!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yeah, I’m enjoying the beginning, for sure! Amazing how many words rhyme with Bo. “Bo goes to the show solo to show her photos!”– for example! 🙂

  6. I hope your journey will be safe and your stay pleasant!

  7. The laundry problem is annoying, I’m so glad you have chosen a motel with a laundry! Great trick. Will you watch the Superbowl from the road? I’m already standing on the roof waiting to see the trailer whiz by!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Hoping to get to a friend’s for the Super Bowl. Means we have to make good time on Saturday, and get up early Sunday. But it would be worth it to be able to cheer wildly and not have to be quiet in a hotel room!

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