During the years leading up to retirement, travel was what we looked forward to doing most with our leisure time. I am a curious wanderer, (will go anywhere at any time, with no particular agenda) and Malcolm is intent and purposeful. He likes to research and understand as much as possible before committing to a destination. Both approaches net the same result – life is infinitely richer because we travel.
Resources, general curiosity and fitness/health dictate our destinations to a large extent. We vacillate between luxury and budget but never sacrifice basic comforts; not intentionally anyway! Some trips are physically taxing and adventurous, while others are simply relaxing. We have had our share of good and bad experiences and continue to refine what gives a trip value and makes it special, to us. And so begins the new year.
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal…” unknown
We are not wasting any time getting started and will continue our “Discover Florida’s Coasts” series by traveling to the Lee Island coast this month. You can read more about our Florida adventures by clicking on Florida from the header menu.
Boca Grande is an island on the Lee Island coast and is the first stop of the new year. The Gasparilla Inn will host its 12th annual Food and Wine Festival and this will be our fifth time attending the event. A weekend filled with great food, wine and cooking demonstrations may not be exactly what we need after a month of holiday indulgences, but, travel has very little to do with need and everything to do with experiences. This event is chock full of experiences. Wines from all over the world, paired with delicious food prepared by renowned Chefs, while relaxing in the genteel luxury of the Gasparilla Inn is just my cup of
tea wine for January.
February is the month of love and we will head to our favorite romantic get-a-way, Jekyll Island, GA for a three night stay. Jekyll is a photographers dream, so expect a photo intensive post for that trip. Jekyll Island is a designated Georgia State Park, and has development restrictions which make it a nature lover’s paradise. With miles of bike trails, quiet beaches, historic cottages, quaint shops and plenty of places for an impromptu picnic, you can be as busy or as still as you would like to be.
Hold onto your boot straps in March! We are headed to Texas Hill Country for a “Barbecue and Bluebells” road trip. This will be our first visit to this area of the country and we could not be more excited for an adventure as big as Texas! Expect lots of landscape photos, big plates of Texas barbecue and a bit of history to be included in this post.
April – May
April and May look quiet for now and we will probably use that time to take care of business and put the finishing touches on the big adventure that we are planning for June and July.
June – July
The Pacific Northwest has beckoned us for the past several years, so this is the year of the great return. We will begin our journey in California as we attend the wedding of a dear friend. Then, off to points Northwest! Oregon wine country, Canon Beach and the Oregon Coast along with the city of Portland will be a primary focus, while the Islands of Washington State will keep us Ferry hopping for days. We will venture across the boarder to Banff and Lake Louise before flying back home from Calgary.
Plans for the remainder of summer are to be in Florida for hurricane season, and the hottest months of the year; groan…But, the upside is that it is quiet around town and nice for us “locals” to catch a break from all the tourist traffic.
For the first time ever, we are actually considering a destination Christmas, so stay tuned. Maybe Europe and all those beautiful holiday Markets, Whistler Mountain, or a cottage in snowy New England. Who knows….
anticipate the best, plan for the worst and adjust to what is…
In addition to our travels, I will continue to participate in Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors, (when I have a worthy door to share), and I will post a “Captured Moment” every Sunday. Captured Moments is a post that displays a photo that either Malcolm or I have taken, and the story behind the photo. Recording memories is important to us, and we don’t leave home without a camera. It’s the feeling of a moment captured in time that compels me to continue to improve my skills. This year the plan is to take our photographs to another level. I am looking forward to the challenge. For recent photos, please consider following our Instagram page at Picture_Retirement.
We will attempt to share bits and pieces of the stuff that adds clutter to our minds, but don’t expect it to be with any regard to consistency. We will do our best to adhere to a casual schedule and hope some of you will stick with us and invite friends to read our adventures as well.
If you are new to our Blog and want to know more about us, please begin here. Thanks for following our journey through this stage of life. May 2018 be an amazing year for all of us.