West Coast Trip

In late September/early October, we flew to Los Angeles to visit friends and family.  In no particular order, we did the following:

  • With Steve and Wende, we went to downtown LA and toured the Grammy Museum, took a ride on Angels Flight and stopped into Grand Central Market.
  • On another day, we went to the “Old World Village” in Huntington Beach to sample their Octoberfest celebration.
  • Over the weekend, Steve and Kevin went to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco 49ers game, playing against the Seattle Seahawks.  Unfortunately, SF lost but we enjoyed the trip.
  • While we were in SF, Valerie visited with Jason, Ashley, Tad and Mia.  She also had lunch with her long-time friend, Delcy.
  • We took a trip out to Prescott, Arizona, to visit Tim and Dinah.  We enjoyed some nice hiking, and I had a thrilling ride with Tim in their Porsche 911.
  • The timing of our visit coincided with birthdays for Steve as well as for Valerie’s son, Tim.  Steve and Wende hosted a nice birthday cookout for the family.
  • Valerie and I visited with her Aunt Amy (her Mom’s sister).

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The Move – Day 1

The fun began yesterday, Day 0.  We had reserved the trailer for pickup at 9:00am on 5/25.  I arrived a few minutes prior and noticed that the trailer was there in the parking lot.  Once the office opened, I went inside along with one other customer.  The trailer was, in fact, the one reserved for us but there was a problem with one of the safety chains.  They were attempting either locate a nearby replacement or get someone to repair the chain.  Bottom line, I went back home to await the outcome not knowing when we might get a trailer.

Truck and U-Haul Trailer

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Moving On – 2021

Once again, we turn the page on a new chapter.  We are moving to Maryland.  In January of 2020, Valerie’s Mom, Mae moved to Maryland to live with one of Valerie’s sisters who lives in Germantown, MD.  Valerie’s other sister lives about 30 miles away in Arlington, VA.  Valerie and I stayed around to oversee the sale of Mae’s house in Torrance, CA.  The sale closed in late February.

At that point, our plan was to visit some friends and move around at a leisurely pace.  The pandemic forced us to change those plans and stay put and were allowed to spend the spring and summer at beautiful Lake Tahoe.  Wanting to get back closer to Southern California, in September 2020, we started a one year lease for a tiny home in Desert Hot Springs at the Caliente Springs Resort.  During the winter, we considered the possibility of buying a place at Caliente Springs and/or buying an RV as a way to resume some domestic travel.

Ultimately, we’ve decided to move to Maryland.  This will allow Valerie to be close to her sisters and help out her Mom.  We took a trip out there recently to visit and while there we rented a one bedroom apartment in Germantown.  We are now back in California and will be renting a U-Haul trailer to drag our belongings out to the east coast, departing on May 26.

Yes, this will be a big change, but we’ve become accustomed to change during the 10 years since we stopped working.  I lived in Northern Virginia for many years back in the 1980’s so I have some familiarity with the geography and the weather.  Also, this will put us closer to my family members in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Still a meaningful distance away but definitely closer.

Time to move on.

New Chapter

I’m guessing that the year 2020 will bring a new chapter to the lives of many of us.  For the past 5+ months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Steve and Wende by living in their house on Lake Tahoe.  Summer in that particular part of the Sierra Mountains is delightful with mild weather and bountiful natural beauty.

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