My wife is something else.
I lovingly describe her as someone who can get down and dirty (in the garden or fishing or camping) as well as cleaning up pretty good when we want to go to the other extreme.
I also like the fact that she enjoys going to Coffee Fusion, our local spot, just as much as I do.
We have both offered going to Coffee Fusion as an excuse to get away from housework.
Over the course of our married life, some 43 years, she has gone far and wide with me. It helps that she also has an interest in photography and writing.
Back in 1977, she and I quit our newspaper jobs. We traveled around the U.S. over the course of a year living out of an old Chevy van. Our five-year-old son was with us.
That was the beginning. Since then, Linda and I have visited Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, all but four of the states, Mexico, Belize, Canada and Guatemala.
We have enjoyed the extreme of camping in the Great Smoky Mountains and other national parks, while also enjoying our stay at an upscale place (Harbor House) in northern California.
We've adapted and changed. Driving 14 hours a day use to be the norm. Except for going to the Smokeys (600 miles away), we have cut back on the long stretches. And we stop more often (she's not the only one that needs rest stop breaks more often).
She still likes to travel, and for that I am very thankful.
Next post: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Rio Grande Gorge west of Taos, New Mexico
The Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona
Hiking outside of Bluff, Utah
Enjoying breakfast at a Florence, Italy hotel
Our favorite camping location in the U.S.
Grandsons Nate, left, and Luke enjoying Nana's company
Checking out farmer's market in Florence, Italy
Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, Calif.
Treve Fountain in Rome