A couple of weeks ago we were mulling over where to spend the winter. Now, it seems like all of a sudden we have all kinds of plans. We know we'll be leaving here (New Mexico) early next week and heading to Ohio. We'll have some family time then leave the rig in its happy home there and drive the Scion to Baltimore in mid-November.
The Neighbors Dog
This dog lives next door to Bill's sister... he's up on the deck, looking over the world. Spends lots of his day doing just this.
The software company that Bill uses for his Genealogy records plans an annual cruise somewhere and this year it leaves out of Baltimore harbor and sails up to Nova Scotia with a couple of stops along the way. It's only a week, but if you arrive early, they also plan day trips to Gettysburg, the National Archives and I think a tour of Baltimore city.
Not sure what we'll do as our daughter lived in Baltimore for 6 years while her husband was stationed at Walter Reed, in DC and we've been to those places. But, I think Bill's interested in the National Archives... we'll see what happens.
Early Night Sky
The Moon and way to the right.... Venus
We'd been thinking of spending the winter in either South America or Costa Rica. Bill found a house on the west coast of Costa Rica that looks perfect for us. Our last stay in Costa Rica was inland and as much as we enjoyed it, this time we wanted a place on the coast. So... after Baltimore, we'll drive back to Ohio, pick up our rig and head back to Texas.
We'll leave our rig at our daughter's place... she'll take us to the DFW airport and we'll fly out mid-December. This time we'll stay 3 months... returning to Texas in mid-March. That gets us back in time to do taxes, but too early for winter to be over in the northern states. Maybe we'll look for another gate-guarding job until the end of May.
Either a Female or Juvenile Male. The throat is beginning to get more purple feathers.
Just as we're making these plans, we get an e-mail from Steve, the refuge manager up at Aroostook NWR in Maine.... wants to know if we'll be returning next summer. We took this summer off... good thing, too, because with Bill's broken ankle he would've been real unhappy not being able to be as productive as he'd like to be. Didn't take us 5 minutes to answer that e-mail.... yes... we'd love to go back to Maine next summer.
So... we went from no plans to a full plate in less than a week. We'll see all our kids and most of our grandkids before the end of the year. Our great-granddaughter will be 2 soon, and while we'll miss her birthday, we'll see her soon.
We all know that plans aren't written in stone... but at this time, these are our plans.
Petals gone... Seeds already devoured by the goldfinch.
Looks like autumn is well on its way... and soon, we will be as well.
That's All For Today!