Life on the Road
Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
14Trip End Apr 2008
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Several people have asked us how we can travel for such a long time and not get completely exhausted and/or bored. Unlike the travel we did when we were working, we don't go to a location and try to see everything we can in a few days.
One big difference is staying in condos instead of hotels. Condost give us much more room so that we are not always in each other's face. For example, our TV interests are quite different so we can watch different televisions without having to interfere with the other's program. There have been several days in the last two months where we spend most of the day in the condo reading, watching TV, walking around the comples, sitting on the deck looking at the ocean or pool, or catching up on correspondence. Additionally, email, subscribing to online local newspapers and cell phones help us keep in touch and current.
Nearly every condo has a fully equipped kitchen. Occasionally, we stay in a studio which normally has a mini-kitchen. One minor problem is figuring out how to work the microwaves. Seems each is just a little different. I am sure most can relate to this-going to somebody else's house and try to use the microwave.
We have wonderful neighbors. McKenzies and Fields watch our house. Colby and Celia also water plants, mow the lawn and check throughout the house on occasion (like after the horrendous rain Washington had this past week). Saravangas pick up, sort, and place our mail in priority mail envelopes. When we arrive at family's or friend's homes, John and Gitte send the accumulated mail. Not many are blessed to have such great neighbors. That is one of the reasons we continue to stay in our house instead of moving to a condo.
Except for a few new places, several of the cities on this trip are ones we visit frequently so we have our favorite spots. Jack's are usually restaurants. When we get to Florida, one of his first stops is Shell's Seafood Restaurant. If he had his way we would go to Waffle House for breakfast daily.
Have also attended several different churches during the trip. It is great to see and participate in other congregation's worship service. How wonderful to have that connection with other Christians and experience our commonality. Occasionally, we have to travel on Sunday mornings so watch Hour of Power on Saturday night.
My sister, Kathy, Tivos favorite and special TV programs I am unable to view. CBS's Sunday Morning is my favorite show so she tapes that each Sunday. I call her to delete it if I have viewed it. Will watch the shows she has saved when we get to Las Vegas.
So, as you can see, we are very blessed to have the help of family and friends to not only host us as we travel but take care of other things in our life.
There is one disadvantage we have found to frequently changing locations. That is awakening during the night during heavy sleep to answer the call of nature . If one is really groggy, trying to find one's bearings while locating the bathroom presents a problem. Seniors can easily relate to this.
This will probably be the longest trip we take. Visiting one place for a month or so is beginning to appeal to us. It seems we never get to do and see all there is in one area in just a week.
Now on to our next stop.