Well, once again I have failed to keep up with the blog… In my defense Chris was pushing to let the blog go and we disregarded the webhosting bill… Somehow they found the new expiration date on the credit card and put another 3 years through… Guess I will have to try and redeem myself and get blogging! It is just so much more fun and rewarding when we are actually traveling… It will come! (Said the cockeyed optimist).
We returned home in April with high hopes of selling the house and moving forward with our full time travel plans. The summer bought many “looky loos” but few offers. We probably showed the house over 20 times between ourselves and the realtor. Thank goodness we got rid of most of our stuff because cleaning and staging is much easier when you have nothing! Thwarted again, or so we thought…, I sat writing this on our deck in late September with plans to close up shop once again and hit the road, only to come back next Spring to sell the house… It was in the 11th hour that we got a solid offer. It is now mid October and we await the final pieces of what we hope will be a done deal! Amazing… although we have been working toward this moment for quite some time, it is still a bit emotionally conflicting… lots of great memories here in Webster… lots to see and do as we start the “whatever is next” stage of our lives.
When we left Lajitas we pretty much made a beeline home. We made a stop in Gatesville Texas for a week where we stored our Grand Design and purchased a cargo trailer. We had a great send off dinner with CeCe and Tex! Thanks guys! We arrived home on April 24th and Chris’s last day of work was April 29th, yay!
It has been a busy summer… In between getting the house ready to go on the market, and cleaning and showing the house, we have managed to fit in a lot. Chris keeps saying “how did we work and do all this too”?
Although there isn’t photo proof of all events, here goes…
Well, I turned ’50’, yup, happens to the best of us… Really with the increase of aches and pains… Is there some sort of biological dial that turns on at 50 and says “ha, ha”… But honestly, it’s not that bad and I am happily looking forward to whatever is next! Thanks dad for flying in to help me celebrate!
Then there was the goodbye party for Lindsay… Off to start her new life in Michigan with Zak.
Of course there was the trip to North Carolina to celebrate Chase’s big ’18’ and graduation from High School.
Not only did we have a great time with the family, we flanked our visit with the Shenandoah National Park.
We stayed 3 nights on the way down and 4 nights on the way back. Although it won’t go down in the annals of our favorite NP, we managed to have some fun.
There were numerous bear sightings. We encountered a bear everyday except our last…
We took a few really nice hikes, hit some waterfalls, and happened upon the Appalachian Trail for the first time.
It was interesting chatting with the through hikers. It was here that I started to see what ’50’ can do to a girl… My knees were pretty cranky but it didn’t stop me!
Of course we had to check out a few of the local breweries. The girls enjoyed their first brewery experience! Loved the fact that both places were dog friendly!
We also managed to fit in a few camping trips to some of our local state parks…We take for granted that there are so many really amazing parks so close to us…Chimney Bluffs SP, Taughannock Falls SP, Robert Treman SP, Stoney Brook SP, Buttermilk Falls SP, and the list goes on and on… Not to mention the quaint small towns that are near them!
We visited Letchworth State Park twice. It is actually a world class destination as indicated in several travel publications.
As is Watkins Glen…
July found us enjoying another visit from dad and the start of a 3 week camping tour of the Northeast.
That trip started off with a visit with my sister, brother in law and our nieces and nephew. Always a fun time at Club Mazzella!
From there we stayed in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It was kind of nostalgic since we camped at Russell Pond in the National Forest, where I had camped with my family as a kid… We enjoyed some nice motorcycle riding and some hiking in Franconia Notch SP. Great area!
Next stop was Grafton Notch SP in Southwest Maine. What a great find… Again some great motorcycle riding and hiking. Places to note… Screw Auger Falls, Rangley Lake, and Old Speck Mountain to name a few.
A trip to the northeast coast isn’t complete without a stop in Acadia! Acadia National Park was celebrating its 100 year anniversary… Wish we knew that before going as it was pretty crazy and crowded on Mt. Desert Island… Fortunately we found a great little campground on the mainland on Frenchman’s Bay… Mountainview Campground proved to be the perfect staging place for day trips into Acadia and exploring other parts of the coast. In all the years I have been visiting I had never been to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia NP… Although scenic and much less crowded, it just didn’t have the “wow” factor of the loop road…
There were several great hikes and stops to enjoy the quintessential Maine coast views…
We ate lots of lobster and seafood and relished in the fact we had 0 rain the whole time we were there. We even fit in a day of fishing in the Vagabond out of Southwest Harbor.
Bonus, there were some really impressive “Tall Ships” sailing this weekend to celebrate the Centennial.
Our tour of the Northeast ended with a few days in the Green Mountains of Vermont. We did a little riding but basically laid low. We knew we were heading home to a crazy week of wedding prep!
The major event of the summer was the “Brennis” wedding (Brenda and Dennis). After much anticipation and hard work they pulled off an awesome farm wedding! A great time was had by all and Brenda looked beautiful! Great food, music, friends… Even the rain couldn’t stop the dancing! So happy for them!
Wow… Where did the summer go… Labor Day Weekend already? First time we planned a girls weekend this time of year and it worked out perfect! 7-8 girls Camping/glamping (pop up camper and truck camper) in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Another weekend of good friends, good food, music, campfires, hiking, wineries, games… A bit rough for some who would have voted for the Hilton! A great time was had by all and even the non campers were troopers! Sorry I missed our anniversary honey (28 years on September 3rd… Didn’t I just say where did the time go…)
We enjoyed numerous get togethers with family and friends for picnics, pool time, walks, happy hours, dinners, lunches, boating, camping, fires, weddings😎, or just because. Ok, now I know why I am so tired! We need to get back on the road just to get some rest and relaxation.
Even this fall has been beautiful. The leaves were better than expected after such a hot dry summer and we took full advantage of their colorful display.
The weather also continued to deliver with many days in the 70’s and 80’s. We had some fun in the Finger Lakes and on the Genesee River with family.
At this point we are waiting to close on the house to bring an end to this chapter of our lives. We are anxious to get on the road ASAP! If all goes as planned the next post will be the conclusion of home ownership and the beginning of what we hope will be something really special!