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Mike and I love to travel and over the years, we’ve made sure that vacations were a part of our lives. We traveled “before kids” when money wasn’t plentiful—the trips weren’t exactly luxurious but they were fun. It was always great to get away from our everyday existence and see new places. Post children, family vacations were considered to be an essential part of our kids’ education. Again, they weren’t always high end, but they were fun and they gave us memories that we still laugh about and share.

Bar Harbor, ME and Acadia National Park became favorite spots for us while we raised our family. Mike has gone there since he was 13 and he introduced it to me when I was 18—to us, the area is blessed with extraordinary beauty and some of the best seafood in the world! Our kids started hiking Acadia’s trails as toddlers (with help:) and we look forward to carrying on the traditions of revering nature, hiking, and eating lobster and blueberry pie with our granddaughter.

Another one of Mike’s and my favorite places is Sedona, AZ—we see it as the breathtaking inland counterpart of Bar Harbor. We are struck by the majesty of the red rocks, the overwhelming sense of peacefulness—and of course, the excellent selection of restaurants. The shopping is great, too. One of our first stops is to visit “the ladies”—the Native American women who sell authentic Native American jewelry. It’s beautiful and reasonably priced—you’ve gotta’ go.

We’re looking forward to a lot of travel during the next few years. We were late bloomers getting to Europe—didn’t get there until four years ago (then went back the following year:). We just came back from European trip #3–we’re hooked and can’t wait to go back again.

Some shorter trips are planned, too. One good thing about having friends and family scattered around the country is that there are always interesting places to visit. One son is in Dallas, another son just moved to California, and of course, New England is always on the calendar. Closer to home, we’ve wanted to see Savannah, GA for a long time. They’re all on the agenda. I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time,