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!!
What fabulous memories, Jackie. Getting goosed by an elephant is something no one would ever forget! Here's to another 33 years!ReplyDelete
Thanks much Nancie! We still laugh when we look at that elephant photo!Delete
Happy Anniversary! How lovely to look back on so many wonderful travel memories!ReplyDelete
thanks much Lisa! Yes, we have filled a few photo albums (and now photo cards) over the years. Hope your travel memories are as plentiful and good as ours.ReplyDelete
Happy belated anniversary!A life full of exciting experiences, a happy marriage, you are blessed!ReplyDelete
You are absolutely correct! We are blessed and don't take that for granted either! Thanks for visiting today - hope to see you back here again soon~Delete
Lovely post, Jackie. 33 years, well done indeed. Happy anniversary :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Sophie! Glad you enjoyed our trip down Memory Lane.Delete
Hello Joel and JackieReplyDelete
I loved seeing your travel history. Wishing you a very Happy Anniversary and many more stamps in your passport
Helen, that is such a lovely wish, 'many more stamps in the passport' Thank you and thanks for visiting today.Delete
What a great story! You and your husband have certainly had some amazing travel adventures! And 33 years? That's certainly something to celebrate! Happy Anniversary and even happier continued travels.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tonya for the good wishes. Yes, we still have a lot of the world to cover so had better aim for a couple more decades of travel - at least. Thanks for visiting today!Delete
Happy Anniversary! I really enjoyed reading about your travel history together. Someday after retirement, we also hope to spend about half the year traveling. You make a really good case for it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting Michele. Yes, if you need further encouragement, don't hesitate to contact us -- we certainly recommend it!!Delete
Awww....thanks for sharing your beautiful memory lane, Jackie! So touching and inspiring, made me a bit teary. I Hope that someday, my memory lane and Keith's will be as beautiful as yours and Joel's.ReplyDelete
There's no doubt in my mind, that your backward glance at Memory Lane is going to show you a beautiful landscape filled with places and people. Thanks for the most touching comment.Delete
Happy Anniversary and many more happy travels together! Fun to take a stroll down Memory Lane with you.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the good wishes Cathy and glad you joined us on this trip down Memory Lane~Delete
Great story and photos!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by on our trip through history, Dick.Delete
I just loved reading about your adventures together as a couple. :-) I caught myself grinning so big several times. I love your love for each other and your love for adventure. :-)ReplyDelete
Glad our Memory Lane brought a smile to your face. It certainly brought a few to ours as well! Get well soon~Delete
Belated anniversary wishes Jackie & Joel. In this age of easy come easy go, marriages that survive the test of time are to be celebrated and I believe travel with all its shared new experiences helps this. Here's to many more adventures!ReplyDelete