August 12, 2014

Making The Turn Toward Home

The RV’s nose has turned west. After 5 weeks of putting 2,500 miles between us and home, we have begun the return trip. Though not rushing back, we are feeling the pull of family and friends and implementing some of what we have learned about each other and what makes our individual retirement journey so satisfying.

One of the joys of this type of travel is the ability to make changes when we feel like it so, we are adding two states to our itinerary. Realizing that we aren’t likely to be back this way anytime soon, our return will include some time in North Dakota and Montana. That will give us 14 states for this adventure – not bad for 70 days.

Because Betty’s photos always generate such supportive comments, this post is really just an excuse to show you some of the 9,000 photos (yes, 9,000 in 5 weeks!) she has taken. These are from the Wisconsin Dells area, Egg Harbor and Door County, Wisconsin.


We hope you see a few you like!

A typical campsite on this trip

A small scale railroad takes us deep into the woods






The Wisconsin River by boat



Door County, Wisconsin (the peninsula north of Green Bay)

Gulls were everywhere











Here's a sign I don't see often in Phoenix!

Another well-shaded place for us to spend several days


Eggs like this are all over Egg Harbor, WI



We picked our own cherries

Then Betty made them into an incredible cherry crisp


The photographer in a rare moment without her camera

27 comments:

  1. Door County is one of our favorite spots during the summer. Betty has captured its essence with her splendid photos. We spend a lot of time riding our bicycles around the peninsula. There is really nothing more relaxing than watching a sunset in one of the many harbors - Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Sister Bay, Ephraim, or Gills Rock. I'm glad you made it up there for at least a short visit.

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    1. It was a tremendous 6 days. Peninsula State Park is one of the best we have ever been to - our dog loved all the trails. We saw a concert in Egg Harbor, and heard the same musician two nights later at a restaurant in Fish Creek (Gibraltar Grill). We did make it to Gills Rock and then to the ferry dock to watch people come back from Washington Island.

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  2. Door County has been our summer home for the last 35 years. So loved the pictures. Where did you stay? Cindy

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    1. You certainly picked a great spot to escape the heat in Arizona. We stayed at a campground about one mile north of Egg Harbor. We enjoyed Egg harbor a lot, spent hours and hours in Fish Creek and Sister Bay, plus crossed over to Baileys Harbor.

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  3. What a beautiful country we have to explore. The photos are gorgeous! There is something very freeing about being away from the responsibilities of home (and blogging!). We experience this feeling of freedom when we go south for the winter. It is almost magical! But yet, always good to get back home again. So glad you are able to change your itinerary along the way. That is one of the best things about retirement; no work schedule calling out to us!

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    1. We are feeling the tug of home, but know we have another 4 weeks of adventures ahead of us first. Probably when we start hitting the 100 degree weather again we will pick up the pace and dream of our daughter's swimming pool.

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  4. The photos - feels like I'm there!

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  5. Wonderful photos! Tell Betty I'm at just 900 compared to her 9000 . . . clearly I'm guilty of slacking!

    I asked Mike just now if he was feeling the pull of home (we're two weeks from the end of our current RV journey). He responded that he feels at home already. As sweet as that response was, I attribute it to the renewed closeness leaving home for parts unknown always seems to create for us. Similar to what you described in your post, we are likewise looking forward to continuing our new couple discoveries once we return home. But then, we're also already plotting our next RV adventure, so there you go!

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    1. Actually, this afternoon as we walked on a trail past a gorgeous lake, Betty and I talked about where we'd like to go for a few months next summer......already making plans for 11 months from now!

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  6. What an amazing trip and adventure you are having. My hubby wants to do a road trip but I'm hesitant. You have provided some great food for thought. It looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. It is fun, but it is also a working vacation. Clothes have to be washed, food bought, cooking done, and other normal chores of life don't stop. But, the payoff, for us, is worth it.

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  7. Beautiful area of the country.
    Glad your trip has been a delight.

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    1. It has been all we had hoped for, Janette. I don't miss mosquitoes but the green and cool are very welcome changes.

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  8. Nice photos. But one question puzzles me: How did an old guy like you end up with such a young, beautiful (and obviously talented) wife?

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    1. I won the lifetime lottery while a resident of Morgantown, WV.

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    2. I have wondered about the same thing. She is one lovely, beautiful and talented woman!

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  9. Looks like a wonderful trip, Bob! We haven't vacationed yet this summer so I'm envious!

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    1. Be sure to make time for a trip if you can, Glenda. It is so refreshing to shake up your routine, if even for just a short while.

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  10. No need to hurry home, Bob; you'll get there soon enough. Meanwhile the memories from this trip will last a long, long time. Glad to see you both having such a great time.

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    1. The nice thing of about a trip like this is we are enjoying it tremendously, but like our life at home just as much. Wherever we are seems best at the time.

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  11. So very, very glad you are enjoying your trip! Thank you both for sharing it with us so we got to go along vicariously!!!!!

    pam

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  12. One of my regrets about RV travel is that we did not travel in the summer. When you live in Oregon it seems unnecessary. Tell Betty I loved the pictures but then I always do love her vision of the world.

    Be well.

    Barbara

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    1. I will pass on your complements. One of the advantages of living in Phoenix is you really want to be away in the summer!

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