Month 7 of retirement. The first 4 months of retirement involved mostly traveling for me, so the reality of retirement really didn’t hit me until after I came back from Taiwan. There were some adjustments in the beginning, but I’ve finally fallen into a nice routine after I started running again. There’s no such thing … Continue reading Do Whatever, Whenever
Joshua Tree National Park is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from us - a nice day trip for a hike. Of the 15 National Parks we’ve been to in 6 states, this one ranks smack dab in the middle of my favorite (#1&2 being Zion and Grand Teton). Judging by my list of favorite … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park
Once retired one has nothing but free time. Add a little dose of spontaneity, and you get last minute trips like our Death Valley National Park trip. Thanks to the internet, a quick research can help cobble up a trip in less than 12 hours. And thanks to credit card reward points, one can score … Continue reading Death Valley National Park – Day 1
Having been to different countries and places, the sunset at home is still the best.
It is nice to be home after 2 months on the road. The weather is a warm 78 degrees with not a cloud in the sky, versus the high 50s we left behind. The 13-hour flight back was manageable and passed surprisingly easily when occupied by 7 movies back to back. I don’t normally watch … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Double "O" Arch in Devil's Garden When people imagine announcing their retirement, they expect being on the receiving end of 'congratulations' from co-workers. That is exactly what Joe got. Additionally, he got a few inquiries as to how he was able to retire at such an early age. My experience, on the other hand, was … Continue reading Tale of Two Retirements
It’s official. Joe’s retiring. He finally gave his two-week notice today. Due to delay in our refi, which we started the process in mid-June and is at this point still pending, Joe had to push back his retirement date. As a result, our trip is postponed by a week. I, myself, have 7 more work … Continue reading Two-Week Notice
Four more weeks. I have 4 more weeks before I get to say goodbye to morning commutes, Sunday evenings sense of dread, and Friday mid-morning stomach pangs from a week's worth of stress. Gone will be the days of counting down the days to the next big vacation or mini getaway. It's going to be … Continue reading The End Is Near