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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Hillsborough, NC – Travel Blog #21 (mostly ‘pics’)

Posted on September 8, 2015 under Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined, Travel To Learn.

In the form of a confession,  As we enter our 9th week on the road, we are feeling our ‘natural charm and charisma’ begin to wane a little, so we  have decided to ‘wind OUR ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP down’ and head on home. 

 The goal is to be back in Dunedin by maybe the 16th or 17th giving us both time to reflect, to write, to talk it through, and try to fully appreciate what this trip of 6500+ miles has meant to us as individuals and as a couple.  Stay tuned.

And, since we head for LA on the 25th to visit Ross and Jenna, a little time at home will not be a bad thing.

PS:  we  are also missing our Grand Kids (and their parents)

Mostly just ‘pics’ tonight; enjoy.

Click to Home   The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.  Situated in downtown Norfolk, VA the Memorial consists of a museum, archive and research center, education center, theater, welcome center, and a gift shop. A visit to the Memorial will allow you to explore the life of one of America’s greatest and most complex leaders.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, located in Hyde Park, New York, is one of America’s premier examples of the country palaces built by wealthy industrialists during the Gilded Age.

The site includes 211 acres (85 ha) of the original larger property historically named Hyde Park. Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, the property includes pleasure grounds with views of the river and the distant Catskill Mountains, formal gardens, natural woodlands, and numerous auxiliary structures. The grounds also include Italian gardens that have been restored by the volunteer Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association. Frederick William Vanderbilt (1856–1938) purchased the property in 1895 for use as a seasonal country residence.

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Hampton Roads Naval Museum | Norfolk, Virginia

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an accredited museum operated by the United States Navy that celebrates the 239 years history of the fleet in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. We are located on the second floor of Nauticus in beautiful downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body – but rather a skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW, what a ride!!!!” (stolen from our dear friend Jane Williams’ email signature)

We did decide to make one final visit to the local ice cream store prior to heading to Betty Ford/Weight Watchers.

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 
(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement

 

 

 

 

 


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“Retirement Reimagined” – Adulthood II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Lewes, Delaware – Travel Blog #20

Today we head for Norfolk (and maybe Kitty Hawk and maybe Raleigh) as our journey back home continues. 

You won’t find a lot of substance in today’s blog (simply because I haven’t ‘made’ the time to write  -  too busy you know), but I wanted you to know we were still around.

We had lunch Sunday and dinner last night with colleagues from our past  -   more  on those enlightening and delightful visits as our journey winds down; stay tuned.

Upon our return, we will be looking to admit ourselves into some sort of program  that will incorporate the best of Betty Ford and Weigh Watchers – any suggestions?

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

The first camp meeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as “society tents.” A congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society tent. Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. Society tents were arranged in a semicircle on Trinity Park.

Over time, families began leasing small lots on which to pitch their own individual tents. In the 1860s and 1870s, the family tents were rapidly replaced with permanent wooden cottages. At one time there were about 500 cottages; today there are just over 300.

Today the Campground is a community of summer residents and a smaller number of year-round residents who value the intimacy created by the crowding of cottages on small tent lots. Many of the cottages have been owned by the same families for generations. The residents of the Campground have a keen appreciation for the special traditions of which they are a part.

http://www.mvcma.org/history/

 

Travel As Much As You Can; As Far As You Can; As Long As You Can; Life Was Not Meant To Be Lived In One Place

Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Wells, Ogunquit, Falmouth, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Chatham, Hyde Park, NYC, Ocean City, Stone Harbor, Lewes, DE.:  5211

States Visited:  17

Provinces Visited:  1

Days On the Road:  63

Blog Posts:  20

Interesting Blog Posts:  tbd, but today will probably not make the top 10

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 4

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Staying True To Our Mission:

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 
(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement

314-753-2802

 

 


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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Martha’s Vineyard – Travel Blog #19

Posted on September 2, 2015 under Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined, Travel To Learn.

 *NEXT STOPS:  Hyde Park, New York and then on to NYC over Labor Day Weekend - 1)  Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site 2)  Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site 3)  Culinary Institute of America (reservations for two dinners – can’t wait!) 4)  Top Cottage 5) Eleanor Roosevelt (one of our favorite people of ‘all time’) National Historic Site  6)  Circle Tour (nope, we’ve never done it)  7)  9/11 Museum  8)  Book of Mormon

*BY THE WAY:  if you haven’t noticed, we have begun the trip home; so you’ll be done with us soon.

Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA

Monomoy Island is an 8 mile long spit of sand extending southwest from Chatham, Cape Cod off the Massachusetts mainland. Despite its remoteness Monomoy was home to its own community as early as 1710. A tavern for sailors was opened up in the location of today’s Hospital Pond, known then as Wreck Cove

 

There Are Seven Days In The Week; Don’t Allow ’Someday’ To Be One of Them

My ‘Pics” From The Fish Pier In Chatham

A Couple of My ‘PICS” From Ogunquit

We Aren’t Trying To Become  A TRIPADVISOR, But This Was A Great Restaurant

Impudent Oyster

http://impudent-oyster-the.hub.biz/

Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Wells, Ogunquit, Falmouth, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Chatham:  4502

States Visited:  15

Provinces Visited:  1

Days On the Road:  we have lost track

Blog Posts:  19

Interesting Blog Posts:  tbd

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 4

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Staying True To Our Mission:

 

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 

 

(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement

314-753-2802
 

 


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