Wednesday, August 26, 2009

#15 Starting To Feel Retired

It's been about a week since you last heard from me, and let me tell you why. After 3 months of retirement we are starting to get into retirement mode. At first it just seems like a long vacation but then you realize that vacations can't go on for ever. Think about what you spend on a week long vacation, now think about all that you do in that week, now try to imagine keeping up that pace and the associated expenses for 52 weeks a year! You will die of exhaustion if the money doesn't give out first. Now we do all the mundane, day-to-day things of everyday life without the headache of going to work 5 days a week.( I know. Me? 5 days a week? HA!) Toss in a hobby and some time to relax to take up some of the 40 hour a week grind and "Voila!" you have RETIREMENT! It gets a little boring but we are loving it.

This week was just that kind of week. We cleaned house, did laundry, finished washing the trailer & truck, talked to the kids, finished some projects, and went through the mail. Mail is different now. Since we are on the road our mail has to find us! Enter mail forwarding companies. These companies will set up an address for you, receive your mail, and hold it until you contact them with an address to send it to. It could be a friend you will be visiting, the next campground, or Post Office General Delivery. With proper planning your mail can be at your next destination before you are!

We now also have time to visit with friends. A 3 hour trip over to Charlotte NC would be difficult to squeeze in to a work week but not now. In fact with no real schedule we made it a 2 day trip. There was time to catch up with some really good friends and relax without having to worry about rushing back. The time went by quickly but we made tentative plans to get together again, whether in Charlotte or somewhere out on the road. Back at home we needed a day or two to wind down(HaHa) and get a few more things done on my project list. Today we were planning on taking the bikes out for an hour or so. 7 hours later we had ridden up to Clingmans Dome, climbed the trail up to the observation tower, climbed the tower, back down the tower & the trail, stopped to take pictures along the Smokey Mountain Hwy, hit the veggie stand and wound up at home! Whew!!! Clingmans Dome is at an elevation of 6643 ft. The trail is .5 miles and seems to go STRAIGHT UP! Hey, I'm a retiree! I'm too old to exert myself like this. I guess I'll just have to take a nap. Oh, that's another thing. I now take naps. Naps are GOOD!

Well it's nap time so I'll say goodbye for now. We will call NC home for one more week because...

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary

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