|At the New Year’s Eve party a few nights ago.|
Today’s post is late since this morning we were distracted when we met our new neighbors who moved into the unit behind us. Coincidentally, they are also from Minnesota and it was fun sharing stories with the two of them.
|View of hotels along the beach from the ship on our way back to the US in Nassau, the Bahamas from this post.|
No doubt, we’ll see them both again soon. The socialization at the park is over the top. No less than three or four evenings a week we are getting together with family and new friends to chat, laugh and share stories.
Socializing is different here than it is on a cruise ship when most passengers are frequent travelers from all over the world. All the seniors (55+) we’ve met thus far are from all over the US, many from the Midwest and other cold climate locations.
|Out to dinner With dear friends Karen and Rich for a “thank you for hosting us at your home” at Gianni’s Restaurant in Wayzata, Minnesota. For more from this post, please click here.|
A few nights ago, we met a lovely couple from Arkansas while standing in line for the New Year’s Eve party where winter climates are temperate. However, the draw of this simple life is appealing to seniors from all over the country.
And now, as we have rolled into the New Year, with more and more people coming here to stay for the winter, no doubt we’ll meet more residents and like the couple we met this morning, those staying in a rental unit such as ours.
|Tom won the last game, Bingo Coverall, winning $200 when we were out to lunch with Karen and Rich where bingo is played at a bar on Saturdays mornings only. He looks tired from little sleep from coughing all night while in Minnesota. For this post, please click here.|
Today’s photos, from the remainder of the year, were all while we have been in the US since November 8, 2019, almost two months ago. Being in the US during this time has been great, seeing family and friends.
Now we’re gearing up for leaving the US once again and most likely won’t return for another two years. We have a lot of world left to see and look forward to the next leg of our journey.
As mentioned yesterday, 2019 was definitely the most challenging of our seven years of world travel. We’ll never forget what we went through, but we take the memories with us and hopefully have learned from our experiences as we move into the future.
Our next stop was Nevada, where I had the opportunity to visit my sister Susan. This is her pup, Chase, an adorable little guy. See the post here.
Sure, there’s a bit of trepidation going forward. Will we be close to competent medical care? Are the risks of future issues with my health going to hold us back in any way? We could easily make ourselves stressed contemplating these raw facts.
However, we choose to free our minds from stress and to focus on the good fortune we’ve had in discovering my heart issues in time to avert a possible life-changing event and, of course, our ability to continue on.
Tonight, we’ll lay low and enjoy our delicious leftovers from last night’s successful dinner party. The sisters and brothers-in-law came to our house around 3:30 pm and stayed until close to 9:00 pm.
|It was wonderful to meet up with old friends, Jerry and Vicki. It was amazing to see them so many years later when we’d met in Kauai in 2015. For this post, please click here.|
As often the case, the conversation was filled with stories of experiences they all shared about their years of growing up in a large family. They are quite an entertaining group.
We’re attending another party at 3:00 pm on Saturday by the fire pit. It’s warmed up a bit and when the sun is shining, it’s quite comfortable being outdoors. Tom is picking up Margie at the Mesa airport on Saturday. It will be great to have her back with the six of us.
Have a wonderful day!
Photo from one year ago today, January 2, 2018:
|Last year on this date, we posted “year in review” with this photo of two female rhinos on the trail of a nearby male. See this link here for more from the date this photo was taken. Click here for the year-ago post.|