The reason (or so we thought) that we embarked on our full-time RV lifestyle on Labor Day of 2016 was to fulfill our desire to travel and see as much of this beautiful country of ours that we could.
We’ve seen a lot of sites since then, but there’s still so much more to go and we could spend a lot more time in any specific area to allow us to explore more deeply, so it’s very likely we’ll be going back again to many places in future years to do so.
A HIDDEN BENEFIT
But what has really turned out to be a wonderful benefit of traveling and not being on a “vacation” type schedule (running from place to place) is that we’ve been able to meet up with and spend time with family and “old” friends (not to say they are OLD by any means!).
This blog post features some pictures of those we’ve met up with along the way. Some are “NEW” friends and some are our “OLD” friends.
Unfortunately, although I had every intention of taking a “selfie” of us altogether at every meetup, we occasionally parted company without remembering to shoot a pix, so I’m listing those folks as well. If I’ve missed you in this post, I apologize. If you’re reading this and you can send me a picture of yourself, I’d really appreciate it. My email address is email@example.com
I know many of you won’t know any of these folks, but I also know it’ll be fun for those that are in the pictures to see some of the others and remember times past along with the brief time we spent together in the last year or so.
I’m going to post the pictures into a collage, you will be able to click on any individual photo to enlarge that particular picture to see a “zoomed in” view. The zoomed-in view will also let you see a brief description of who they are and our relationship.
Known Sandy since 2nd grade, Jeff since high school, saw them at Wixom MI May ’17
Frank and Lora, an old neighbor (late 70’s) we saw at Brooklyn, MI May of ’17
Eric & Nancy, (Jaycees) since 1972 we saw at Wixom, MI May ’17
Tim, (Jaycees) since 1971 met at his flower shop at Ypsilant MI May of ’17
Mike (high school), Linda (Kathy’s sister) & their youngins Eric and Lindsey – May of ’17
Brian (High School) and his wife Connie at Spring Lake, MI May ’17
Mike and Kim, best friends in Mt Gilead (since 1984) came to visit us at Baldwin, MI July ’17
Norm & Alice (worked @ Xerox w/ Norm) friends since 1973 we visited @ Ludington State Park Aug ’17
Donna & William, just met at Baldwin, MI summer of ’17
Charlie & Mary, fish-fry experts (Baldwin, MI) summer of ’17
Joanne & Chuck, (Baldwin, MI), they’re our Road Tripper partners, summer of ’17
Larry and Darlene, met at RV Rally Vermont July ’16 Came to visit us in Baldwin July ’17
Cathy & Avery, met at RV Rally Vermont July ’16 came to visit us summer of ’17
Dave (friends since the 60’s) & Judy, we met in mid-Michigan summer of ’17
Tom, friends since grade school, met up in Galveston Dec ’17 after 40+ years
Dale used to work with me at Coldwell Banker Ohio, now he’s a Ranger at the Alamo
Jan and Roger gave us their driveway to park in overnight in Randall, Kansas
Barb, our new dear friend in Arizona winter of ’16
Cheryl & Phil, we met in AZ and had dinner together many times (including Christmas Day)
Elaine and Don (I worked with Don at Xerox in Detroit in the 70’s, we bumped into them in Summerdale, AL and again in Heiskell, TN
My sister Marilynn and husband Rick, met them near Pensacola for dinner
Our daughter Sara, we stop in Ohio twice a year to catch up
Our son David enjoying a wedding with us
Cindy and Steve, new friends in AZ
Our new friend Barb in AZ
Met up with Dave & Robyn at Crestview, FL (I’ve known Dave since 2nd Grade)
Met up w/ Ed & Sandy at Jacksonville, (Ed was my 1st new friend when we moved to Redford Twp in 1961)
George was my best buddy in Detroit back in late 50’s, we hadn’t talked since 1960 when my family moved