Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2017 offers a few more challenges

2016 is quickly coming to an end.

This time next week a little more than half the country will be jubilant for their candidate in the presidential race and the others will be looking toward 2020 (or either filing court suits to have the results overturned).

2020, that has a good ring to it. Let’s hope that we’re still around  for at least another four years and hopefully a whole lot more.

There is still a lot of traveling to do, and for those of us getting older, it will probably be to places that we are comfortable with and that are easy to get to.

My wife and I, once upon a time, use to travel to the West Coast each year. And we did that for 10 to 12 years. But that has fallen by the wayside.

The writing on a wall in the movie “Kuffs” is so true: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” I read on Wikipedia that  the saying should be attributed to American writer Allen Saunders.

I still yearn for the enjoyable times that we once experienced in San Francisco those many years ago, but things are changing.

I yearn for more long road trips, but I don’t believe my wife and I can handle 30 days into the unknown.

The mind fantasizes, but the body is reality. We may be a step slower, the airplane seats seem to be smaller and just getting ready for a trip now seems to be such a challenge.

But travel, we must. We must persevere and continue to meet the goals set years ago.

I still have three more states (as does my wife, but not the same) to visit to wrap up setting foot in all of them. Maybe that will happen next year.

We have already started making plans.

I am beginning to believe that cruising may fulfill a lot of our travel needs. It is a one-stop option where one can unpack once until the trip is over. There’s no beds to make, food got cook or dishes to wash.

And we only have to drive 70 miles to New Orleans to get on a ship.

That truly sounds good.

But, the problem is, we are campers and love to be out in nature, such as in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It will really be hard to not be able to experience the landscape and wildlife in those mountains.

Next post: Nov. 8, 2016

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