Travel

For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Oct 4, 2017

Where Have We Been?

On Highways and in bed too tired to blog.

Today we were in Nantucket. What a beautiful place, and a lovely ferry boat ride over and back. They have many benches only feet apart so I walked between them, took pictures, and sat down to rest. The day was beautiful--perfect degrees and clear, beautiful, blue skies. Marie is younger and very able so I told her to enjoy the day and walk to see what she wanted to see. As I was sitting on one bench I thought, "Who would have thought that I would be in Nantucket without Rich? He would have enjoyed the ferry ride and people watching."

Tomorrow we will spend in Cape Cod so I can rest one more night before continuing up the coast and so Marie can see 6A which she was told is a great drive out to the end of the peninsula.

I'll make all you RVers happy. I HATE having to go in and out of motels. I like sitting outside in the evening by a fire and having everything in its place in my trailer. Those days are over for me so advise you all to enjoy them while you can.

I do have some good news, though. Susan's puppy was born, today. Big litter of 12 puppies; 7 males and 5 females. We don't know which one is hers, yet. She has been waiting for a long time and her main criteria is temperament. The Mother and Father are beautiful dogs so some of the puppies will be show quality. Susan is just happy to have a healthy dog with a good temperament like Lizzie and Jack had.

That's about all I can think to say. I just haven't been moved to blog. I can't really say what's wrong with me. The pictures are only a taste of what Nantucket is--just what I expected--very, very pretty and so quaint. I had hoped to see more.
One of Many Churches

Watching the "Fast" Ferry Begin it's journey to Nantucket

One of the first things we saw as we were docking

The John Kennedy

Our Ferry

Taken from afar

Arriving

First Glimpse of Town


From the smallest to the biggest, each dwelling has its own charm

How nice of him to spread his wings for me



Reminded me of Charleston Gardens

As I took this picture I thought, "How beautiful it must have been on the island before telephone wires and signs

Was I standing on a hill?






For Susan and Jonah and Josie



Sep 28, 2017

Thelma and Louise Take Off

I decided that I would treat myself to a trip to Maine for the month of October. I was fortunate to have an old friend (who I was going to visit in Utah with the trailer) agree to come along with me. Marie and I get along like two peas in a pod with similar likes and dislikes. She has a lovely disposition and sense of humor so I'm glad we decided to go together.

I'm still licking my wounds from the sale of my trailer. I HATED packing for this trip, and getting into the motel was a PITA. Had I been by myself, I probably would have been headed home tomorrow--my back was just unbearable until I was able to lie down. We didn't stop along the way, but we passed a little church nearby on a service road on the way to the motel and I asked the gentleman at the desk if he could tell me how to get to it, and he did. So, what was going to be a picture-less blog or no blog is now a short blog. We are in Wytheville, Virginia. I went the speed limit, we stopped for lunch, and we were six hours on the road. I "think" the driving is going to get easier now that we are off 85 which was murderous with trucks. We had some (not bad) construction slow downs, but on 85 going south there was a terrible pick up truck fire. We just hope no one was hurt.

So, short and sweet...here are the only photos from the day. The church was adorable and so well kept. The door was open to everyone. We met one local man who pulled up with his little dog friendly fella. The man behind the desk at the motel is the grandson of the man who built in. He passed away. Now the young man takes care of the church and grounds.




This is Marie.



Jun 18, 2017

Highlands NC

My daughter, Susan, and my daughter-in-law, Laura and I decided to take an overnight mini vacation to Highlands NC. Rich and I used to go quite often many years ago. It's a get-a-way for many Floridians and Atlantans because it's always 15 degrees cooler than Atlanta in the summer.

The ride up (and back from Highlands to Dillard) was interesting because I forgot to change my navigation avoidances (back roads, etc.) on my GPS. Garmin is losing my business after many years because I have noticed many local directions are dead wrong. I guess since new cars are coming with their own GPS systems, they have gotten lazy. At any rate, I've bought my last one. While the girls will swear I was making wrong turns (okay, one), the ride home was proof that a change in the navigation preferences fixed everything. I rarely drive anyone anywhere so I do go back roads, which can be interesting, I'll admit. Laura is from the New York City/Jersey area so the dirt roads were a surprise, but she took them like a trooper. Susan, not so much. We were deep in the woods part of the time back from Highlands to Dillard where we stayed at the Dillard House. We had a very large room with a place to sit out. It was in a newly renovated section of the hotel. They had not renovated the toilet, however, and didn't leave enough towels in our room. Laura, the negotiator, thought we should have free breakfasts for the inconvenience, and they accommodated us.
Outside the back door of our room
Pretty girls, huh?


Using my walker helped me a lot and allowed the girls to wander through the shops that line the streets of Highlands. Plus, the town has a lot of benches to make it comfortable for people to rest (lots of husbands waiting for wives shopping in the boutiques). I enjoyed sitting when I needed to and watching everyone having a good time. I happened to sit on one bench and this was directly in front of me. Not bad, but I thought it might be a little more interesting as a photo.

It's just a pleasant place to be with all the little shops and restaurants.



We stopped to relax for a while at a wine store and some good conversation. Then after some more shopping we went to dinner at Paoletti, a lovely Italian Restaurant. We highly recommend it. I remembered the pretty churches in town.



This one used to have a pretty red door. I wondered why they changed it.
Highlands is very dog friendly (water bowl at every shop and dogs in the shops), which made Susan very happy since she's planning to take her dog everywhere when she gets him or her. The Dillard House also welcomes dogs overnight and there's plenty of hiking opportunities. There are horses and chickens, etc. and hiking trails. It's actually a farm and petting zoo, too. Rich and I have been in Highlands in all seasons, but I particularly remember spring when the woods were full of Rhododendrons. We had taken Lizzie there which is why I wanted to see if it was still a place to get away with one's pup.

The weather was cool and we had a short rainstorm that cooled us even further. Very pleasant weather. It's a good people watching town. There are shops for dogs, pretty jewelry and clothes.

Anyone know what these are?


I remembered that Rich and I had been to all of the many waterfalls in the area and some cliffs. We didn't have time to hunt for the cliffs, but we did make it to Dry Falls. You can walk under them. The water was deafening at times.














I took a lot of videos of the falls. Just love the sound of rushing water. I'm a bit tired and probably should have waited until tomorrow to write this, but I'm glad that I can take short trips, once in a while, to have something to post about. Lifted my spirits. 😊



Jun 11, 2017

The Day After

I'll start with the good news. Susan is enjoying a vacation in Canada. Glass of wine in beautiful afternoon weather.

I went over to Michael and Laura's for a lovely Father's Day BBQ in as much as he is going to be gone next weekend. I saw my too lovely granddaughters, Keely and Peyton (sorry no pix, girls). Always good to see them. They're all grown up!!
I hate taking pictures with my phone. They don't post as well as the ones taken with my camera.
Bogey is enjoying his vacation with them, he'll be back next week.

John and Lisa went to a baseball game in the new stadium, yesterday.


I am babysitting for the sweetest boy, Toby. His Mom went to Chicago for a few days. She had a sitter lined up, but got her days mixed up so she called me. I've been hiding his pills in pumpkin and he doesn't even know he's getting his meds. In fact, a little while ago I went upstairs for something and was startled when I turned around and saw that he followed me. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to get down, but he did very well. I think the meds are helping him! He's not limping any more. Living with an old person seems to help him, too--quiet. I have been sleeping downstairs because I didn't want him to be alone. Now, he's looking like he wants to get up on the couch! Good thing he's headed home tomorrow or he'd be spoiled for sure. He's very cuddly and a very, very sweet boy.

Okay. The trailer is gone. I feel old and empty. I had decided (if you read the last post, to sell), but thought maybe I could do it one more year; especially if I could get another ablation on my back that lasts. Then, my complete heating and air conditioning system crapped out on me. Knowing that I was facing some really big financial decisions I decided that since I didn't want to touch my retirement money--I'd have to sell the trailer. Fate had stepped in. Susan says I need to find things to do during the day, but my mind is blank. I have no interests and no desire to do much of anything. I've become a night owl (my best time) and sleep during the day.

A lovely man who was interested in the trailer had called the day before this took place. He couldn't have been nicer and asked me whether I would call him if I changed my mind. Well, I did. And he happened to be sitting in the same model but he decided he wanted to buy mine (I priced it right, I think, and there were a lot of extra things that went with it and the extras like the awning over the slide out and the hitch. Those who have camped with me know I bring everything "just in case". He and his lovely wife came up, yesterday morning. I'm not mentioning their names because I didn't ask permission. I was delighted to hear that they were completely new to owning any kind of RV. So it was perfect that all they needed were pillows. We spent most of the day going over everything in the RV and his hitch ball wasn't the right height so he had to figure that out. I think he was probably having second thoughts because it was very frustrating trying to figure out how to make it the right. He persevered and got the job done. So, I told him once he had it the proper height that he'd find hitching with the Equalizer hitch would be a breeze, and it was. They seemed to love everything about the RV. Even the little scrape on the side and the little hole in the back didn't seem to bother them. I was crippled by the time I got back inside. My back just can't handle the standing. They texted that they got home (apparently without incident), and were very excited about the traveling they were hoping to do in the future. They are going to send me pictures when they camp.

So, I go back and forth thinking--what good is a trailer if I can't walk the trails and do the things that everyone does when camping. That and the fact that the buyers were not only nice but happy takes the sting away a bit. I just have to find a solution to my back pain and something that interests me. Right now, I can't think of a thing. That may change.

I didn't know if I'd blog again. I'm going to try to read a few - I certainly haven't kept up so I'm anxious to see how everyone is doing.