Betty and I are taking a different path to Oregon in a week as part of our satisfying retirement: flying from Phoenix in under three hours, rather than the months-long trip for folks to get from Kansas to the Willamette Valley. And, our goal is a bit different: escape the Phoenix heat for 3 weeks, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones. The RV will stay parked on the side yard for this adventure, but our youngest daughter will be flying up to join us for the last week: she is serious about finding a place to live where your hands don't burn on the steering wheel.
Mike and Tamara Reddy, of Early Retirement Journey fame, are in the midst of a two month journey from their home in Southern California to The Pacific Northwest and back. As luck would have it, they will be at an RV park in Portland during one of the weeks Betty and I are in town. So, we finally get a chance to share more than just blog comments with this energetic and fascinating couple.
Of course, we are clearing major blocks of time to spend with Galen Pearl and the Retire in Style lady, Barbara Torris and husband, Earl. They are dear friends we met and fell in love with last year during our first trip to Oregon. Who knows, maybe Linda Myers and husband, Art, will make it down from the Seattle area, too.
A trip to the fabulous Oregon coast is a must. Betty is already itching to add fresh photos to her collection from last year.
A month after our return we head out on a several week trip in the RV to the coast and wine country of California, with a side trip to the Redwoods. The planning for that adventure has already started with reservations confirmed at the key RV campgrounds we want to try. Still, we need to get home in time to prepare to leave again.While we are in Portland I will be posting on a different schedule: one that is more sporadic. I will aim for two fresh posts a week but vacation time may get in the way. Upon our return at the end of the month, things will return to a normal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule.
The Oregon Trail: our road to a satisfying retirement adventure.