2018 was a year of new destinations, big changes, milestones and old haunts.
We began the year in Florida and upgraded our motorhome to a beautiful 2014 Holiday Rambler Ambassador. 37 feet long with 3 big slides, king size air bed, full size residential fridge, central vac, fireplace and more. This is our home and its nice. 11 months later we still love it.
One milestone reached this year was the high school graduation of our first grandchild, Bailey. We stayed in Florida to congratulate her and her mom. In the meantime we were able to take a Caribbean and transatlantic cruise thru YMT Vacations and the Elks. It was 35 days from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Antigua, St. Kitts, The Canary Islands, Spain, France, Croatia and Italy.
When we finally left Florida our goal was to visit New England and especially Maine. Our Mainer friends Paul and Kay encouraged us. On the way we found many treasures and stories. We visited Cumberland Island GA, Ft Sumter, New York City, Steamtown in PA, FDR’s Hyde Park, Cape Cod, Acadia National Park, Campobello, the Bay of Fundy, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, Mt. Washington Cog Railway and so much more. Along the way we visited friends Rod and Jane, Ken and Donna, Linda, Sandy, Sean and Paul and Kay. We would like to return to the region since there is so much more to see. We took time off from our Northeasern trip to fly to Seattle to see Jason, Connie, Graham and Awen. A Tillicum Native American salmon roast was a highlight of the trip.
Fall is an inexpensive time to cruise and we found a cruise to Cuba on Holland America Line. We sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale so we had no need to fly. We found Cuba very interesting and would definitely visit again. We also stopped in the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Belize and the Yucatan region of Mexico.
We ended the year in Florida and visited some of our old haunts. As full time traveleres we have the time to visit places we never had time for as workers and homeowners. Some of our favorites were Silver Springs State Park with Ginger and Adam, Barberville Pioneer Village with Joe and Diane, Disney’s EPCOT with Ginger and Bailey, Bulow Ruins State Historic Site and Tom Petty Park in Gainesville.
Traveling is our job right now and we had a good year. Our motorhome took us to most of New England and New Brunswick. We cruised the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean on 2 cruises. All totalled we visited 15 states and 14 countries. Not bad for beginners.