December 2021

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We started out the month by spending a few days in Frederick, MD, once again pet sitting for Tino.  Our first time looking after Tino was back in August.

With Ralph and Carlie in San Antonio

In the middle of December, we traveled to San Antonio to visit with Ralph and Carlie.  This was our first opportunity to see them since they sold their home in California and moved to Texas to be near their grandchildren.  They purchased a home on 2 acres located about 15 minutes outside of San Antonio.  Add some miniature horses, a regular sized horse, some ducks, chickens and dogs and you have a mini-ranch.  We had a great time, great food and did a little sightseeing.

During Christmas, Chrissy and Johnny came out to Maryland to join the family for holiday festivities.

Great Falls (MD)

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We recently made a visit to Great Falls on the Potomac River, from the Maryland side of the river.  We began by parking at the Great Falls Tavern, a stone lockhouse originally built to provide shelter for a lock keeper and his family.  That’s because the tavern is adjacent to lock #20 on the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, the 184 mile long canal which shadows the Potomac and spans from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland.

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The Move – Day 6

At long last, the drive is over.  Day 6 began in Kingsport, TN, and ended at our destination in Germantown, MD.  We crossed two state boundaries:  Virginia and Maryland.  Once again, we had scattered clouds and temps in the 70’s.  On balance, we couldn’t have asked for better weather for our drive.  We were very fortunate.

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This drive has reminded me just how awesome air travel is.  It’s incredible to think that in 5 hours you can cover the same distance that we just spent 6 days driving.  When we arrived, we didn’t have to start moving into the apartment right away.  Valerie’s sister kindly offered to allow us to park in their driveway and spend the night with them so that we can get a fresh start moving in tomorrow.

Day 6 miles driven was about 407.  Total for the trip was a little over 2,600.

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.