February 15 ~ Southern California
We are hoping that this year will be primarily about exploring in our compact RV (Ellie Mae Camp-it), seeing more bits and pieces of the USA and Canada, including our desire to start checking a few more National Parks off of our every expanding wish list.
But we also have a few International destinations in the works as well. Here is a snapshot of what we are working on to keep us out of trouble in 2017…
January – We got to have a maiden voyage with Ellie Mae, taking a stop to visit relatives in Phoenix and a swing through Southern Arizona.
February – Mostly homebodies, with Tim filling in for our General Manager who is traveling home to Brazil to see his parents. We did manage to get in a six night stay at three different RV parks along the California coast.
March – Depending upon the flower reports, we may take a quick trip over to Death Valley to try to see the desert in bloom. We were fabulously lucky in 2005 to catch the 100 year bloom and would love to return. Then mid month we fly to Washington State to see my sister and brother-in-law for a week on Whidbey Island.
April – Gate 1 has been our Go To tour company for the past several years and we will be taking their April 4th Copper Canyon trip from Phoenix to Mexico. There is still room on it if anyone wants to join us!
May – Las Vegas reunion trip.
June, July, August, September – This is when the majority of our RVing will take place. Starting in Los Angeles, we will probably travel up through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, then cross over into Canada to explore Alberta and British Colombia before heading back south into Washington State. Not sure if we will just cut through Oregon or add in Idaho and Nevada, before returning to California.
October – A week in New York City where we plan on seeing the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, some Broadway plays, stroll through Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out the views from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and go up in the Empire State Building. This will be followed up with a one week fall foliage cruise on Regal Princess that departs from NYC on October 7th. We will have stops in Newport, RI; Boston, MA; Bar Harbor, ME; Saint John, New Brunswick for the Bay of Fundy; Halifax, Nova Scotia and returning back to NYC.
November – Who knows…
December – Another Princess Cruise is booked that will take us through the holidays and into the New Year. The Cape Horn and Strait of Magellan cruise is sailing from Santiago Chili on December 20th on the Emerald Princess. It ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina and we are looking at adding on an additional week that will take us to Iguazu Falls and on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I am snug and warm inside and enjoying the peace and tranquility I find here in our mountain cabin. Some days it is more than enough to simply “BE IN THE MOMENT” and I can do that easiest here. It gives me a chance to reflect on how blessed we are to have the means, time, freedom and health to be able to explore so freely.
I’m also extremely grateful for the wonderful friends we are collecting as we explore this amazing planet. We passed a milestone recently and now have over 3,000 followers. I would write this blog regardless, as it remains my memory tool, but believe me, the feedback, warm comments and support that all of you bring into the mix is priceless!