We're Wingin' It travel blog

We're Wingin' It

Gary & Vicki travel blog
You honor us by taking time to read about our travels as we wander across America & Canada.

We both grew-up in small-town, blue-collar, working class families in Springfield, TN, a few miles north of Nashville, living mundane lives with little exposure to the world beyond that small town.

We wed 06/06/1969, a year after graduating high school as classmates & have been blessed to see our two sons grow into their own families as we lived in or near Nashville throughout our marriage.

Brian & Heather now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma by way of a two-year stop in Colville, Washington, with Micah, Joelle, & Isabel Kate; Kevin now lives in the Los Angeles area with Cameron & Tori. Vicki's mother, brother & sister still live in Springfield.

Sometime during our early-40's we set our plan to retire in 01/2010, when we would both turn 60. For us, retirement only meant that we were retiring from a paycheck; we were NOT retiring from life,NO rocking chair for us.

We wanted to see the many facets of the American lifestyle & countryside through small towns, backroads & faces of the people who live there.

Our lives were blessed & relatively smooth until 2004 when the company for which I had worked for 33+ years experienced a series of events that ultimately caused it to liquidate in bankruptcy. Being a few years away from our original retirement target, we had to seriously reconsider our life-plan. After much thought & analysis, we concluded that we were sufficiently prepared to begin our retirement & travel.

And so we rolled-out 01/01/2007 to begin extended travel for as many years as necessary to scratch the itch of those travel desires. We honestly don't know how long that may take but are prepared to travel in this nomad lifestyle for the next 20+ years.

We have camped throughout our married life, progressing through tents, a pop-up camper, more tent-camping, a 30' trailer, a 34' 5th-wheel trailer & now our 2nd motor home.

Soon after going on-the-road fulltime, we found that the Gold Wing motorcycle with which we began as our only vehicle for local sightseeing was very limiting. In 03/2007, we replaced it with the next best thing, a Jeep. In 01/2008, we traded our first motorhome, an Allegro Bus, for a 2008 Allegro Phaeton.

We return to Tennessee twice a year to catch-up on family & personal affairs that cannot be fulfilled via phone or internet. Then, as Willie Nelson sings, "On the Road Again".

We originally thought that we would keep our home in Spring Hill, TN, but decided late in the preparation process to sell it. We sold it & completed the liquidation of its contents in 03/2007. Only a very few items are still held in storage. See the 09/21/2006 entry for discussion of that change of plans.

We have made our share of mistakes & bumps through life. In spite of that, we feel very blessed & grateful for a life that has been filled with good health, reasonable financial success & the desire & motivation to improve our lives & the lives of those around us.

Come along, enjoy our adventures. Open the guestbook link above to share your thoughts. We would love to hear from you.

Thanks to friends & readers Lori & Chuck for sharing the photo of us to use on this home page.

Though we have no plans to curtail our travels, I have taken a significant change in posting to this journal, as explained in the entry dated 09/30/2010.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
135 
 
 
For a Moment...........
 
136 
 
 
John Deere
 
137 
 
 
A Genuine Dutch Windmill
 
138 
 
 
Enjoying A Simple Life
 
 
 
 
Half-year expense report
 
 
 
 
Our Investment Strategy
 
139 
 
 
Galena, Illinois
 
140 
 
 
Pikes Peak State Park
 
141 
 
 
Guttenberg & Villa Louis
 
142 
 
 
Effigy Mounds National...
 
143 
 
 
Red Wing, Minnesota
 
144 
 
 
Eagles & A Pow-Wow
 
145 
 
 
A Half-Million Dollar...
 
146 
 
 
Returned from...
 
147 
 
 
Maybe, Maybe Not
 
148 
 
 
Hanging-out At The Pool
 
149 
 
 
North West Company Fur...
 
150 
 
 
Worth the Sacrifice
 
151 
 
 
Ventured into Canada
 
152 
 
 
Koo---Chi---Ching
 
153 
 
 
Camp Rabideau
 
154 
 
 
We Were THERE!!!
 
155 
 
 
Dragonboat Races
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