Road Trips

Road Trips

  • Asheville - Like in the Finger Lakes, there is much to do in the Asheville area. Asheville has a great arts district and many galleries downtown, nice city parks and trails, great historic buildings, and many wonderful restaurants and breweries. I really enjoyed my time here. The city can keep you busy but if you get bored, you can head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pisgah National Forest, or take a long drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are...

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  • Gettysburg - I have wanted to visit Gettysburg for years. I almost added it to the Washington, DC, Chesapeake, Philadelphia trip I took with my daughter, Alex, in 1998. She enjoyed touring the White House, visiting both the Washington and Lincoln monuments, and seeing the Constitution and Declaration in the Archives. We even went to the Air & Space Museum for a few hours, where she was excited to see the moon lander and moon rocks. She thought it was fun to...

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  • Finger Lakes - I’ve heard a lot about the Finger Lakes region of New York over the years but other than a visit with my family to Watkins Glen as a child I’ve not visited the area. I thought it would be an excellent start to my year of travel and October would be perfect weather. When I looked for a place to stay, searching on “Finger Lakes” in Booking and AirBNB and VRBO, almost too many options came up. It’s a large...

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  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost… - I may not be lost, but I do have some financial and legal issues, while I “wander”. For several years, I’ve been planning on selling my house and staying mobile for a while after retirement. I want to just enjoy traveling and exploring new places.  I also don’t know where I want to end up. Many people I know have plans to retire to a specific place. I don’t, not yet.  I may decide I don’t want to “settle down”....

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  • New Orleans - I went to New Orleans after visiting Savannah just to see the National World War II Museum. Yes, seriously. I even checked Mardi Gras dates before booking because I did NOT want to be there during that season. Those crowds? No thanks. I have been wanting to see the WWII Museum for years.  I purchased a brick for my Dad, a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII, years ago but have never seen it. I have visited New Orleans previously, but...

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  • Six Weeks in Savannah - I decided months ago there was no reason for me to stay in Illinois all winter. It’s cold, windy and grey for weeks at a time.  Quite a depressing place to spend the winter, so I started thinking about a long term stay… somewhere.  Somewhere warmer. I’ve only spent half a day in Savannah, on a side trip from Hilton Head years ago.  I wanted to see more.  And staying long term in a city sounded exciting and a great...

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  • The Summer of Lisa: On the Oregon Coast - I was thinking about and planning for my retirement for months.  Well, planning for years, of course, like you should when it comes to saving and investing.  But ever since attending my friend Judy’s retirement reception last October I was counting the days, too. So March 28th, 2019, I walked out the door at work for the last time, and went to my own retirement reception. I had a great night with lots of friends I’ve made in the past...

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