The lights were dimmed and we were snuggled up together on that,
. . .our first night as husband and wife. . .
. . .well, as snuggled as one can be sitting side-by-side in the ‘no smoking’ section of a Delta Airlines flight that was whisking us across the continental United States to our Caribbean honeymoon hideaway.
(Can you believe they had smoking/no smoking sections?!)
As a newspaper reporter, I didn’t have a lot of vacation days; so no time to waste when it came to travel.
This Friday is the 33rd anniversary of that first trip. Although we no longer have those jobs with limited vacation time, we still believe there is no time to waste when it comes to travel! But sometimes it is good to pause in the planning and enjoy a trip down Memory Lane as well. . .
1980’s: Those wild and crazy early years. . .
Even with only two weeks annually, we managed to cram a lot of travel into those newlywed years. Hong Kong,Thailand, followed by Singapore and Malaysia and then Japan. We couldn’t get enough of Asian cultures, the food, and history. The now-fading photos (above) were taken in Thailand (circa early 1980’s)– notice those look-alike white pants. And, btw, that elephant had just ‘goosed’ Joel!
The Call of Aloha . . .
We were captured then by its ‘aloha’ magic and our recent entry into the timeshare world has made O’ahu our tropical ‘home away from home’ – for a few weeks each winter.
The 1990’s South of the Border ~ Down Mexico Way
A serendipitous set of events that prevented us from returning to Thailand, took us to Puerto Vallarta in 1993; a trip that was to turn our 8 – 5 work world upside down and change the course of our lives.
(In this photo we were posing next to our first banana crop.)
Six months after that visit we had purchased Casa de la Playa, pictured below. A decade later, we had quit those 8 – 5 desk-bound jobs and set out on the course of adventure we continue today.
33 Years ~ What a trip!
We now spend nearly five months, sometimes more, living out of our suitcases. So many places we’ve seen; such wonderful people we’ve met. Land and sea; land or sea – doesn’t matter to us. Traveling independently, we’ve follow our hearts; returning to favorite places and discovering new destinations. Going ‘where the winds blow us’ has resulted in some amazing places, for instance:
Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take;
but by the number of moments that take your breath away.
But enough looking back! Time to get started on the next trip. . .
That’s it for Travel Photo Thursday, be sure to stop by Budget Travelers Sandbox for more armchair travels. And for those wanting to know about my rendezvous with Nancie McKinnon, check back this weekend!!