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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”
 
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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

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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

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues – Travel Blog #18 – Day 57

Posted on August 31, 2015 under Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined, Travel To Learn.

Climate change, demographics, water, food, energy, global health, women’s empowerment – these issues are all intertwined. We cannot look at one strand in isolation. Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together.

Some people will deny anything that displeases or scares them: unusual pain in their chests, unwanted lumps beneath their skin, or the fact that humans share ancestry with apes are a few examples. Another is climate change.

I am certainly aware that climate change is more times than not described as a ‘left wing conspiracy theory’ perpetrated by the Obama Administration,  Bernie Sanders and the radical wing of the Democratic Party; but the folks at Woods Hole Research Center here in Massachusetts  ’beg to differ’; a fascinating place.

http://whrc.org/our-work/programs-projects/

 

 

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Woods Hole Research Center is an independent institution where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change, to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world.

Restore the Earth

Stop Illegal Deforestation

Deforestation accounts for roughly 15% of global CO2 emissions, but forests can be half of the solution to stabilizing CO2 concentrations and by extension, global climate. Smart land management strategies could absorb up to half of global CO2 emissions each year for up to 40 years. WHRC works to identify optimal locations around the globe for carbon-smart conservation and reforestation opportunities.

Climate Change Tipping Point

TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER

Whale Watching Off Provincetown (you’d think taking pictures of these marvelous animals would be easier than it actually is)…..sadly, these are the best shots I got; As my daughter Corey Best (who is a REAL photographer) suggested, it was a lot like ‘whack a mole.’

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Ogunquit – Travel Blog #16 Day 48 On The Road

Posted on August 23, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

 

Common Good Café Southwest Harbor, Maine

Last week before we left Bar Harbor, we had breakfast at Common Good – a place where you pay what you  can afford (think ST. LOUIS BREAD COMPANY/PANERA’S restaurant in St. Louis with  no cash register or prices, just suggested donations).

But after visiting (and my perpetually shy wife volunteering to help with the manufacture of jelly – as she did back in our Webster Groves days – see photo) we realized that the Common Good is far more than a traditional “soup kitchen”– it is a unique, secular, and  innovative organization providing not only food, but healthful natural food, nutritional education, and community warmth for all  who seek it – very cool idea!!

From their web page:

From November through April, in the economic “off season” when many people are struggling to make ends meet, the Common Good draws people from all over Mount Desert Island to its weekly meals. Extra food is prepared for distribution to people in need who are unable to get out. January through March the Common Good also hosts Cabin Fever Saturday Nights where families can have an evening meal out together with music and fun activities for very low cost. These events are attended by people from all walks of life, who come together in the cold months to enjoy live music, conversation and the warmth of each others presence as well as good food. Another special program offered is free-to-the-public cooking classes to spread information about healthy eating and nutrition, such as cooking with whole foods, and using locally harvested produce and seafood.

At our meals, people put money in the bowl according to what they can afford. These optional donations, special fund raisers and an occasional contribution “out of the blue” as it were, have been the Common Good’s only sources of income. Our funding is all grass roots. There is no governmental institutional or foundation support of any kind.

The Common Good is succeeding in its mission to provide a community gathering place, education about food and nutrition, and meals that are truly delicious and nutritious, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life, not only serve the larger community but form a cadre of committed souls who radiate goodwill among themselves and beyond. Bank presidents, film makers, carpenters, fishermen, mechanics, farmers, homemakers, college students, high school dropouts, young moms & dads, teachers, persons being rehabbed via community service, physicians, special needs students from MDI High School: they all come together to chop, peel, stir, serve, clean, and make it happen. With the guidance of our triumvirate of executive chefs, they produced 61 events in the 014-015, winter season alone.!

 

 

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, Ogunquit:  3876

States “touched”:  13

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  48

Blog Posts:  16

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

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 3

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Friday’s Hike Encompassed A Little Bit Of Everything Here At Acadia – Kobe Mountain Trail  *and I apologize for the quality of the photography – I haven’t figured out  yet how to get shots from my camera to Picassa to Word Press without losing lots of detail, color, etc.

Charlotte Rhodes Park and Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor, ME

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Hustle, work hard, and seek adventure, but do it with your eyes wide open and focused on your present step.

You have everything right now.  The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are, at this moment.  Notice it, and make it memorable.”

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues (still) From The Acadia National Park In Maine – Travel Blog #15 Day 46 On The Road

Posted on August 20, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Days Completely “socked-in” with the fog: 1 (Today)

So Guess What Our Big Adventure is going to be? 

But if you’ll notice the signage, the Laundromat is connected to a sports bar, so our luck continues to hold.

SUNRISE FROM CADILLAC MOUNTAIN – ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – MAINE

This YOUTUBE VIDEO Is ‘a million’ TImes Better Than What I ShotIt’s Long (8 minutes), But Pretty Cool

http://youtu.be/rr6DDKd26QE

In Keeping With My Promise To At Least Make An Effort To Have Something Of Substance In Each Of These “travel blogs”, please find below a commencement address given by Toni Morrison.   We thought it was powerful (you can find the whole thing on YOUTUBE).  And, since we are calling this entire trip our entry into ADULTHOOD II, we especially liked her  comments on being an adult.

Toni Morrison on How to Be Your Own Story and Reap the Rewards of Adulthood in a Culture That Fetishizes Youth

In May of 2004, a decade after receiving the Nobel Prize for her “visionary force and poetic import” and shortly after collaborating with her son on a little-known and lovely children’s book, Toni Morrison was invited to Wellesley College to deliver what is both among the greatest commencement addresses of all time and a courageous counterpoint to the entire genre – Morrison defies every graduation cliché with wisdom at once thoroughly grounding and immensely elevating, striking that difficult but crucial balance of critical thinking and hope. Her extraordinary speech, included in the graduation compendium Take This Advice (public library), takes the art of the commencement address to the level of masterpiece – an art of taking what is and has always been true, rotating it 360 degrees with tremendous love and intellectual elegance, and coming back full-circle to the old truth that feels, suddenly, new and fresh and invigorating.  

 

An Exerpt:

I’m sure you have been told that this is the best time of your life. It may be. But if it’s true that this is the best time of your life, if you have already lived or are now living at this age the best years, or if the next few turn out to be the best, then you have my condolences. Because you’ll want to remain here, stuck in these so-called best years, never maturing, wanting only to look, to feel and be the adolescent that whole industries are devoted to forcing you to remain.

One more flawless article of clothing, one more elaborate toy, the truly perfect diet, the harmless but necessary drug, the almost final elective surgery, the ultimate cosmetic-all designed to maintain hunger for stasis. While children are being eroticized into adults, adults are being exoticized into eternal juvenilia. I know that happiness has been the real, if covert, target of your labors here, your choices of companions, of the profession that you will enter. You deserve it and I want you to gain it, everybody should. But if that’s all you have on your mind, then you do have my sympathy, and if these are indeed the best years of your life, you do have my condolences because there is nothing, believe me, more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood. The adulthood that is the span of life before you. The process of becoming one is not inevitable. Its achievement is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted to deprive you

Images From Little Cranberry Island, Acadia National Park, Maine

   

Miles Traveled:  3657

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  46

Blog Posts:  15

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

Chowders Tasted: 7 –  Islesford Dock On Little Cranberry Island Is The ‘Winner In The Clubhouse’

Rainy Days: Still Only 1 Which Is About 38 Fewer Than Our Friends  And Family On The West Coast Of Florida Have “Enjoyed”

Fogged-In Days: 1 (Today; so we did laundry)

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Next Stop:  Olgonquit, Maine On Saturday; Heading Into The Park Tonight To Catch The Sunset and then one final Day To Enjoy Acadia

Hope all is well in your world.

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 

 

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

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From The Schoodic Peninsula & Isle Au Haut, Maine – Travel Blog #14 Day 43 of 90

Posted on August 17, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Sunrise From Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park – where dawn first touches the continental US

BRAIN PICKINGS

I sort of ‘promised’ that I would try to keep the blog from becoming all ‘fluff’ – not sure I’m succeeding.  That being said I want to share with you a web site that BJ turned me on to way back in Gettysburg.  As your schedule permits, take a look; I think you’ll it will help keep the brain from rusting

 Please peruse the piece below from Diane Ackerman – Secret Life of the Senses and the Measure of Our Aliveness; I think you’ll like it.  It really goes to the heart of how BJ and are are feeling at the mid-way point in our trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery. However many of life’s large, captivating principles and small, captivating details we may explore, unpuzzle, and learn by heart, there will still be vast unknown realms to lure us. If uncertainty is the essence of romance, there will always be enough uncertainty to make life sizzle and renew our sense of wonder. It bothers some people that no matter how passionately they may delve, the universe remains inscrutable. “For my part,” Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

Simon Pearce

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Simon Pearce
Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur in glassblowing and pottery, who learned his trade in Kilkenny, Ireland. Pearce located his first US factory, in Quechee, Vermont in 1981. This site, which is powered hydroelectrically by the Ottauquechee River, became a showroom, restaurant, and glass-blowing demonstration facility. The New York Times described him as a prominent American designer of glassware, and his works have been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and to presenters at the Academy Awards.

Miles Traveled:  3436

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  43

Blog Posts:  14

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

Rainy Days: Still Only 1 Which Is About 35 Fewer Rainy Days Than Our Friends In Dunedin

Beard Status:  Still Gone

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 The White Mountains of New Hampshire – Travel Blog #12 Day 35 of 90

Posted on August 11, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Greetings From Lincoln, New Hampshire 

This is in no way a complaint, but,  it has been pouring all day – the first inclement weather of our trip.  Based upon what our friends on the West Coast of Florida have been going through, I think it best that I just leave it at that.  Great afternoon of reading and We head for Freeport (as in L. L Bean) on Thursday.

Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Itinerary

A number of you have asked what the next couple of weeks looks like; within reason, we are trying to be ‘loose’, but this is not the time of the year to head out with no reservations.  Here you go:

Lincoln – Freeport – Bar Harbour – Ogunquit – Falmouth – Martha’s Vineyard

Miles Traveled:  3216

States “touched”:  12

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  35

Blog Posts:  11

Status of Marriage:  still solid

Rainy Days: 1

Beard Status – Gone

TOMORROW Mt. Washington

Simon Pearce At the Mill In Quechee, VT – GLASSBLOWING/POTTERY/RESTAURANT (more photos and video to follow – fascinating place – GREAT RESTAURANT)

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The Houses of The Chautauqua Institution

A special ‘shout-out’ to my Aunt Barbara (Huebner) in Geneva – great being with you –  get better soon; Our new friends Jane Lavery and John Newhall of Rochester – enjoy your family this week in Chautauqua; and our hosts on Lake Canada – Ann and John Robinson from Dunedin; and our hostess in Chautauqua – Jane Buch.

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 

 

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

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From The Chautauqua Institution, NY – Travel Blog #11 Day 33 of 90

Posted on August 7, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

One Of Today’s Speakers: Phil Zuckerman 

“Being secular means loving family and friends rather than a deity or savior. Being secular involves seeking to do good and treating others right simply because such behavior makes the world a better place for all.  Being secular is about finding joy, splendor, and fulfillment in new born babies and thunderstorms, peaches and tears, harmony and inner thighs, algebra and forgiveness, squid and irony, without attaching any supernatural or divine masking tape to such inexplicable wonders of life.”

The Bicycles Of Chautauqua

Tomorrow is our last full day in Chautauqua and the agenda looks like this: walk by the lake at 8AM; Starbuck’s at 9AM; Senior National Geographic Photographer Anand Varma at 10AM, Islam and the Problem of Monotheism at noon, Chautauqua Opera Theater at 4PM, Beach Boys at 8PM). 

We have already made plans to return in 2016.

Saturday AM we head to Geneva, NY, to visit with my Mom’s sister – Barbara Huebner. 

Unless I get really inspired, I’m signing off until Monday  – enjoy the weekend and thanks for following us.

Beard Update:  GONE after 32 days – and  someone is delighted! Guess who?

Craig J McConnell

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“Retirement Reimagined” – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues – Travel Blog #10 Day 30 of 90

Posted on August 5, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.

Greetings (still) From The Chautauqua Institution

Tomorrow AM:  Isabel Wilkerson – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award For Non-Fiction

The Warmth of Other Suns

Tomorrow Night: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Piano Concerto #2, Op. 16, G Minor – Serge Prokofiev

The Beard Update:  three people told me today that they mistook me for  Mandy Patinkin…………….still trying to determine if that is a good thing or a bad thing………………I always thought Indigo Montoya was the star of the movie.

 

 

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 

 

(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
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