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Apologies for the Absence and an Update

Hello Again!

I’m so sorry it has been a good while since I posted to this blog.  Quite frankly, I’ve really been living and loving life Home on the Roam with my hubby. It has kept us hopping, and if you want to read about our experiences traveling full time in an RV, pop on over to our joint blog ajhomeontheroam.wordpress.com.

Just yesterday, as I was running errands and also enjoying the beautiful weather along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I realized it is time for me to get back to my personal blog. After four months of full-time RV life, I think we are about into enough of a routine that I can re-focus on posts here as well as helping with our travel blog.  We will move again next week, and we’ll stay in an area of about 30 miles around the city of Corinth, Mississippi for the next 15 months. While we will not spend the full time in any on RV park, we will be settled, more or less, while Jim works a long-term contract there. I hope to find a job for myself for the stay, and then if all goes well, we hope (or so hope) that we can take the last half of 2016 to travel freely and fully!

We both are enjoying the lifestyle change, living and loving life after 50 and on the roam in our rig, SyGul.

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Maui, Hawaii – My Unexpected but Much Enjoyed Adventure

As noted in the update to Weight-Loss Journey, the HH was sent to Maui, Hawaii, to work for a month, and I got to go with him. Had I not had other appointments and responsibilities here, I probably would have stayed 3 of the 4 weeks with him.  Still, the time there was an unexpected adventure – a reprieve from the harsh winter weather experienced on the North American continent this year and an affordable vacation for me.

I had to pay my own air fare, but thanks to frequent flyer miles banked by the HH’s travels, my roundtrip cost was the $10 in security taxes.  You can’t beat that.  Amazingly, not only were none of my American Airline flights cancelled or delayed; they all arrived 15 to 30 minutes early on each leg of the trip! I had to pay for my own rental car and the excursions I/we took, but that was about the only expense beyond food, which I would have had at home.

Immediately upon deboarding the plane, the warmth and humidity greeted me; it was much welcomed relief from the winter cold. Maui is beautiful; the site from the kitchen window of the house in which my husband is staying was breathtaking every morning I was there.  Though the first half of my stay was spent in an attempt to help my husband, but by Friday, I was ready to play.

The first adventure was to go to Ma’alea Bay where I embarked upon a whale watching expedition with the Pacific Whale Foundation.  My little camera was not suitable for getting the good shots of the whales – mothers, babies, and males looking for females to mate – we saw, so I purchased the pictures made on that outing by the Foundation’s photographer.  Here are a couple of those.

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Momma & Baby Humpback Whale- Photo Credit Pacific Whale Foundation

Momma & Baby Humpback Whale
Photo Credit Pacific Whale Foundation

 

Saturday and Sunday, I made the HH leave his computer and get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and lovely island.  Saturday, we drove the road to Hana, which is explained by the picture of the back of the t-shirt I bought.

This shirt explains the Road to Hana

This shirt explains the Road to Hana

After lunch in Hana, he and I drove the circle that brought us back to Kahului, where he is staying and working. We had hoped to have time to visit the volcano park, but we were too tired, and rain had developed over that part of the island.

 

Sunday, we drove the cliff road around the northwest side of the island, and it was more than expected.  You can read a bit about this in this post. After that death-defying drive, we enjoyed going underwater in the Atlantis submarine (pictured as it surfaces right before the hubby and I boarded) followed by a luau.  It was a great weekend!

Atlantis Submarine at Lahaina, Maui, HI

Atlantis Submarine at
Lahaina, Maui, HI

 

 

I wrapped up my time in Hawaii with a day-long trip to the Big Island, Hawaii, to visit Volcano Park.  While I did not get to spend as much time in the park as I would have liked, it was very interesting. If I had done my research before going, I would have learned that the volcano that has been spewing hot lava into the ocean for over 30 years quit doing so about six months ago.  Now, it is filling in upon itself and expanding it size under ground (if I understood correctly), which means I did not get to see hot lava as hoped.  All I could see was the steam rising from the crater, and that picture is below.

Kilauea, Hawai'i Volcano Park, Hawaii

Kilauea, Hawai’i Volcano Park, Hawaii

All and all, it was a great surprise to get to go to Maui, and I only wish I could have cleared my schedule to be able to stay longer.  Hopefully, the HH and I will get to Hawaii again and can spend more time on other islands.

 

 

 

 

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Geocaching for Adventure and Health

It is a beautiful day in Middle Tennessee, and the HH and I plan to make the most of it. On our way to look at a potential mini-farm to purchase, we are going to go geocaching.  Have you ever heard of geocaching?  When I first began in 2005, it was a fairly new phenomenon.  If memory serves me, geocaching is celebrating 10 years this year. Geocaches are hidden all over the world and can be found in cities, in the woods, in unusual places in water areas – almost anywhere. Sometimes caches are virtual.  Caches can be found by those who are limited in mobility and by those who enjoy physical challenges.  Men, women, children – it does not matter the age or gender; geocaching is for all.

My daughter at a geocache with me at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland (see the handheld GPS)

My daughter at a geocache with me at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland (see the handheld GPS) in 2005

Geocaching was something I did frequently when I first met my husband, and then we geocached together.  He bought me a truck, which I really wanted, and immediately gas prices increased greatly. I felt guilty driving the truck around to geocache when gas was so expensive, so I stopped. We still had two of our six kids in high school and one (daughter above) living at home who was in college. Life happened, but the call of geocaching never fell silent; it was only muffled by all of the junk life threw our way.

Lately, I have been suggesting that we get back to geocaching because it is fun, and it is great exercise for the mind as well as the body. After all, it is much easier now since our phones act as our GPS and camera (some caches, like the one with me below, require photo proof of find). We no longer need three electronic devices with us. The kids are grown and gone, and if we like, we can take the dog with us. We no longer drive the gas-guzzling truck.  Instead, we travel in my Ford Fusion Hybrid.  It is more streamline and economical.

Me at a cache in York, England in 2005

Me at a cache in York, England in 2005

Yesterday, the HH finally said to me that we should go geocaching, and we did.  It was fun. Though the ground was wet and muddy from a heavy rain the night before, we managed to get where we needed to go. The mud and wet made it difficult on our last hunt, but it was fine. We found 2 of 3 attempted. Not only did we enjoy the high-tech scavenger hunt, we also got some much needed exercise and discovered a greenway trail near us that we did not know existed.

The big trip that we hope to take this year is a two-week drive on Route 66 (as close to the original as possible) from Chicago to LA.  We are going to geocache all along the way.  I’ve done some geocaching in other countries, but my husband and I have missed way too many opportunities to geocache in the countries we have visited during the last five or six years.  I don’t want to regret not geocaching in other countries we will visit in the future.

Geocaching is a fun and economical activity that is beneficial to health while providing adventure and excitement.  If you’d like to give it a try, check out www.geocaching.com.  Have fun and watch out for muggles!

Angela

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Goals After 50

Hello World!

Goals.  That’s something that has been on my mind quite a bit, and I have set a few goals for myself.  I don’t know if I can meet them or not, but I have found that I do better when I have a target to motivate me.

If you look at the picture in the header of this blog, you will see me on an exciting adventure in 1996; I’m atop Sulfur Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.  Getting to where I can do such things again is a huge goal for me.  Now, don’t get me wrong, as you will see from postings to be made to the Travel portion of this site, the HH and I enjoy going to quite a few exciting and enchanting places; it is my goal physically to be where I was, if not better, than when this picture was taken.  Putting this shot on the front of the site is my visual reminder of a goal.

Goals set for myself over the next year include losing weight, getting off all (or a least most) of the meds I take, doing a run/walk 5K, getting our new and smaller home fully organized, travel as much as I can, spend quality time with family, and discover my next career path.

What are your goals and how do you plan to attain them?

Have a blessed and happy day!

Angela

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