All Up And Down The East Coast – And Then Some

Going strong since May.

Living in and out of our minivan and suit cases isn’t bad, it is just different.  We are learning what is necessary and what is not.  We are learning to pack and how much time we can spend on the road per day.  We are learning to live just for today and not think about what we are doing next week or next month … AND everywhere we go we are being present, in that place and that present time.  That is a totally different mindset from the professional, goal oriented lifestyle we lived in the past 40+ years.

Recently, on our way back south, we stopped at our storage facility and left several unnecessary items.   Today’s post will begin the summary of where have we been, where are we going, what have we learned and how we take care of the logistics:

Logistics:

We have a post office box.  A family member picks it up weekly, throws away all junk mail, opens, scans and emails the rest to us.  If there is the rare check, she deposits it for us.  Many bills and bank statements can be switched to, “paperless”.

We opened a bank account that has nationwide branches – not everywhere, but almost.  If we need cash and there is no ATM connected to our bank in our location, we go to a grocery store or Walmart, buy something w/our debit card and get, “Cash Back”.  We moved all our prescriptions to a nationwide pharmacy.  Doctor’s are easy to find and get in to see.

Where we have been:

We sold our house in May, moved out and closed (via email and FedEx) in June.  We took our sweet dog to live with sweet daughter in Louisiana.  Sweet dog is old and no longer tolerates hours in a car.  From there we went to a missionary conference in Pensacola and visited long-time friends/family on the Alabama and Mississippi gulf coast.  That and packing up our house took care of May.

The Blue Angels during practice in Pensacola.  A wonderful lunch-time treat

The Blue Angels during practice in Pensacola. A wonderful lunch-time treat

Next we spent a week in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with two other couples, of whom we have shared close friendship with for years.

Black Bear Sighting in Cades Cove

Black Bear Sighting in Cades Cove

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From Tennessee we traveled the 6+ hours to long-time friends in the Richmond, VA area.  We stayed for three weeks.  There was finally Golf for sweet husband.  We visited Williamsburg twice, Mount Vernon, DC and the historical areas of Richmond.  This is the cradle of our Democracy, the American Revolution and the War between the States.  Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon have many excellent actors who make our Nation’s early history come alive.

Mt. Vernon, overlooking the Potomac.   George Washington slept here :)

Mt. Vernon, overlooking the Potomac. George Washington slept here 🙂

On the grounds of Mt. Vernon.  George Washington sleeps here.  The State of Virginia made a monument at the Capitol Building for his casket, but the family wouldn't allow him to be moved.

On the grounds of Mt. Vernon. George Washington sleeps here. The State of Virginia made a monument at the Capitol Building for his casket, but the family wouldn’t allow him to be moved.

Monument at the state capitol in Richmond.  Note the casket box under the horse

Monument at the state capitol in Richmond. Note the casket box under the horse

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Above the reading of the declaration of Independence at Williamsburg.  Declaring a thing is a very powerful activity.

St. John's Church in Richmond where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech, "Give me liberty, or give me death..."

St. John’s Church in Richmond where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech, “Give me liberty, or give me death…”

Next post will cover DC, Pennsylvania and New York and …

3 thoughts on “All Up And Down The East Coast – And Then Some

  1. Leesha Powers says:

    this looks like an awesome blog. Excited to check out more

  2. Leesha Powers says:

    This looks like the most fun. Can’t wait to check out more.

  3. Sherry Rushing says:

    Love reading these and seeing pics!

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