My original vision for the winter was to stay in Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida for three solid months, December through February, with a quick trip to visit my kids in Seattle for Christmas. I pictured myself processing all the research I did during the fall, catching up on the genealogy documentation for my tree, developing new genealogy presentations, creating a marketing plan for attracting new genealogy research clients, and taking long walks on the amazing powdered-sugar white sand beaches at sunset. Ahhhh, sounds perfect…
My winter isn’t shaping up the way I originally envisioned it, but I’m not complaining!
As was always planned, Eric and I booked a week in the Seattle area at Christmas so we can spend the holiday with our two children. We rented a cabin in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains so it’ll be a white Christmas.
Once that was booked, I decided to add a week in the City of Seattle to spend extra time with the kids, and to prepare for Christmas. And why shouldn’t I? I’m retired!! So, I’ve got two weeks booked in the Seattle area beginning December 11th.
Then, as I’ve blogged about before, Eric and I are going to New Zealand for twenty three days directly from Seattle the day after Christmas.
After that trip, I’ll have about three weeks in Sarasota before I take off in early February for a week at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. I got an amazingly low air fare, and I’ll be sharing a room with a friend I met there last year, so the cost is low. She and I are on the same page regarding the balance between conference activities and genealogy research at the Family History Library – we go to the FHL as often as possible before, after, and in between sessions!
Then in late March, Eric and I are going to China for 15 days. Eric found a tour for $1,400, all inclusive, including air fare and a four day river cruise, so it was hard to pass up! And, we’re leaving from Seattle, so I decided I may as well go a week early to visit the kids.
The RV will be in storage here in Sarasota for about 4 months (until early April), but I’ll only be in Florida for about six weeks of that time. Although I hadn’t originally planned on these international trips, I felt that I should take the opportunities as they presented themselves. It makes a lot of sense to do some bucket list traveling now, while I’m still healthy and mobile.
So it should be a very exciting winter, going from one adventure to the next, with some down time in Florida at the beach in between. I’m really liking this retired life so far!!!