Monday, December 31, 2012

2013: We’ll Be On the Road ~And Going 60!!

In his book, Dark Star Safari, Paul Theroux chronicles his solo trip through Africa taken in celebration of his 60th birthday.  When I read it several years ago, I thought to myself,

“How good it is that a person that old still travels like that. . .”
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The Scout is already at work planning travel escapades for 2013. He’s been at it for weeks already. . .seems he began sometime during our Winter Road Trip.

Don’t you love this end-of-the-year moment in time when the new, untouched year - only hours away - beckons with possibilities for adventures and travels? 

0006100-R1-009-3While the possibilities are endless, the trip The Scout’s currently focused on is the one we will take to celebrate The Scribe’s 60th birthday. 

(The Scribe who is now quick to point out that Paul Theroux wasn’t that old after all! )

Earlier this year I quoted in a post another favorite writer of mine, Frances Mayes, after learning that a couple of our friends were dealing with cancer. By the end of the year, eight of our friends had had their life altered by the disease.  The quote I had used back then still rings true for us:

“Life’s little wake-up calls. (Do they have to be so numerous?) Scroll down the list and start to wail – or shout out Carpe diem.”

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Life’s little wake-up calls, Frances called them. She got that right!  Each friend's news was a reminder that hitting  60 is reason to celebrate!
Knock it out of the ballpark.

Dance in the street.

Put your feet up and watch a sunset.

Seize the day.

Pack the bags.


The birthday is six months away, but if all goes as planned the trip in launch in the spring. Will it  rival Paul Theroux’s?   Will it result in a book as his did? It just might! It’s going to rock no matter ~ because this is the year we hit the road – going 60 all the way.

DSCF2065But before we set out to discover all that 2013 holds for us; we want to take a moment to toast each of you’ who have come along on our journeys this past year via TravelnWrite. To you, we raise our glasses and say:
“Thank You!

Carpe Diem!

Happy New Year!

Happy Travels!”

*Photos in order:  Outside Ely, Nevada, Naxos, Greece, on board Carnival Spirit off Mexico's Baja Coast, Waikiki, O’ahu, and somewhere in the Mediterranean on board the Celebrity Constellation.


  1. Happy New Year to you too. There is much to celebrate as we get older and good health is at the top of the list.

  2. You certainly got that right, Leigh! Happy New Year to you!

  3. Enjoy life's adventures now, while health allows. We'll follow your journey.

    1. We'll try to keep it an interesting one. . .and look forward to following your hikes as well. Happy New Year!

  4. What a lovely photo of you both and what a fantastic sentiment expressed--one that applies to ALL of us no matter the age!
    Will definitely look forward to hearing what adventures you both will embark on this year, may they be safe and full of joy!

    1. Carpe diem! . . .a good phrase, isn't it? I hope I hear you shouting it from Provence and I will echo it back . . .

  5. This is lovely news, Jackie. Can't wait to read about your adventures on the road.
    60's the new 40. Carpe diem!

    And yes, I love that shot of the sunset and your feet up.

    1. I do think that age is a number. . .and a mindset so I am aiming those brainwaves at 40!


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