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 )

 
42 
 
 
Oh Deer, Oh Deer, Oh Deer
 
43 
 
 
Enjoyed San Antonio
 
44 
 
 
Three Consecutive Days
 
45 
 
 
A Thought....Not A Plan
 
46 
 
 
Hold On...it'll Be Worth It
 
47 
 
 
50 Miles Deep
 
48 
 
 
A Triple Highlight Day
 
49 
 
 
A Slow, Easy Day
 
50 
 
 
Please Be Patient
 
51 
 
 
30 Years of 8th Graders
 
52 
 
 
Hot Spots & Candy Stripers
 
53 
 
 
Catch-up & Prep-up
 
54 
 
 
Traveling to Balmorhea
 
55 
 
 
Too Early for Fajitas in Lajitas
 
56 
 
 
Booty-bump Showers
 
57 
 
 
Circle the Wagons, Boys!!!!!
 
58 
 
 
Rooster's Ostriches
 
59 
 
 
Another First
 
60 
 
 
Road Signs & Etc.
 
61 
 
 
Off The Road For A Few Days
 
62 
 
 
HE'S BACKKKKKK
 
63 
 
 
Quail Trail
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