Thursday, January 2, 2014


"Take only memories, leave only footprints."-Chief Seattle

Our memories of 2013 will include 7 months of traveling in many states with the majority of our time in Michigan, June through August.  We checked items off our bucket list we didn't even know existed!  We started our travel season with a special week with family, and continued traveling north, staying a few days or a week wherever we chose.
Lake Lure, North Carolina

Lexington, Kentucky

Shipshewana, Indiana

Jungle Jim's - Cincinnati, Ohio

Indigo Bluffs RV Resort - Empire, Michigan
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Welcome to Saugatuck, Michigan
Dune Buggy Rides near Lake Michigan - Saugatuck, Michigan

Mushroom Houses - Lake Charlevoix, Michigan

Empire, Michigan

Kayaking near Pointe Betsie Lighthouse, Michigan
We spent the entire month of June in South Haven, Michigan, and continued on to Traverse City, Michigan, for a month, then to Petoskey, Michigan and then to our northernmost city before entering Canada, Ste. St. Marie, Michigan.  
Traverse Bay RV Resort - Traverse City, Michigan

Tunnel of Trees Scenic Highway - Northern Michigan

Mackinac Island Transportation - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Arch Rock - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island Transportation, Michigan

Mackinac Island Hotel - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island Hotel - Mackinac Island, MIchigan

For the first time we were the trolls who went to visit the Yoopers.  
Upper Peninsula - Michigan
The weather was exquisite, maybe with one exception in South Haven, Michigan.  A violent storm came across Lake Michigan and just about took us with it.   As promised, we made it back to spend Halloween with grandchildren and then on to our winter base in Webster, Florida. 
Halloween - 2013

The year 2013 was a year for us that included both great joy, sadness of being so far away when a much-loved family member passed, and growing closer in our lifestyle that allows us great flexibility..  Although we may not have had a "typical" year, we experienced much that provided valuable introspection and memories to last a lifetime.
Winter Base - Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort - Webster, Florida

Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort - Webster, Florida

In 2014 we will continue connecting with our friends as well as the blogging community.  We look forward to having our life enriched with your unbelievable photography, suggestions for books to provide us hours of reading pleasure, travel destinations to dream and plan upon, inspiring words that nurture our soul, technology to enhance our lives and great food suggestions.
St. George Island Lighthouse - St. George Island, Florida
Whitefish Point Lighthouse - Lake Superior, Michigan

Lighthouse - Lake Superior
Although we closed out 2013, we pick up a brand-new book entitled 2014, a book never opened, filled only with blank pages.  What will you imprint on these pages in the upcoming year?  Whatever your plans, I hope you live your dream each and every day and share your passion with the world.

Canadian Train Tour - Agawa Canyon

Agawa Canyon Picnic - Canada
  Our wish for everyone is abundant good health, both mind and body.  We try not to make resolutions that we may ultimately break, but this upcoming year we plan to see more sunrises and sunsets, standing in the delicious silence of early morning and basking in the warmth of a glowing setting sun.
Gulf of Mexico - Destin, Florida
Happy New Year everyone!  May you experience hope, great joy, and much lightness and love in the upcoming year.