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Back home... retrospectives on a nine-day road trip

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This is a new 60 year old. On her birthday. In a bathing suit. On a beach. With the Gulf of Mexico stretching out behind the guy who was kind enough to snap the photo.

This is said 60 year old the last day she could call herself 59. But taken where you can see the gulf behind me, by DEBRA0818. What a great day that was.

Speaking of DEBRA0818, here I am with her, and I got to hold Edison (a charming canine).

Here are the two Spark friends (SLENDERELLA61 is on the right) who hatched a plot a year ago to run together. And it ended up being this incredible nine day road trip that I gave myself as a birthday present.

This is the abandoned dog I wrote about yesterday morning. So sad.

So those are the photos I'm putting in the blog for now. I really wanted to write about some of the insights of travel. One of the nice things about driving is that it gives me time to talk to myself and be quiet, away from anything other than having to keep me and Dexter safe on the road.

Home again late this afternoon, I am again a coiled spring... NEED to move. We shall see what that translates into in terms of tomorrow's activity. One advantage: no big turkey dinner, or pumpkin pie tempations!

Hope all my Spark friends had a great Thanksgiving... with focus on the Thanks... because we all have *something* to be grateful for, and many of us have a great deal to be grateful for. As I was counting my blessings on the drive today, I had to put health at the top. How well the body has responded to good nutrition and activity has blown me away.

Bless each and every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PHEBESS 11/24/2012 7:18PM

    That lady is looking great!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/24/2012 5:43PM

    Love the way you are living your life so fully and having such great experiences at an age that some consider "old". I'll hit 60 in a little over 2 years and I don't intend to be old then either, but to some it is. I'm living a fuller life now than at any time in the past. And you are an inspiration to keep doing it!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 3:21PM

    Really good looking, Barb! Love the bathing suit shot and just the fact that you look so good at 60!! I am so grateful for your road trip, getting to meet you, and being your SparkFriend. Just great. Glad I'm finally able to read your blogs!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/23/2012 11:42PM

    Happy Birthday and welcome home!

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ANDI571 11/23/2012 6:10PM

    Great memories you have had this trip. I'm glad you had such a great time. Love the pictures.

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WATERMELLEN 11/23/2012 6:08PM

    A journey of self-discovery indeed! Love time to be alone and think things through: driving is good for that! Great pics: you look terrific!!

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BOILHAM 11/23/2012 9:02AM

    Great pictures. Inspirational picture of you and Slenderella. You remember when women who had passed the 60 year mark did not look like that!
And a belated

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2012 8:00AM

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You look FANTASTIC! You have given yourself the most precious of gifts . . . the knowledge that you CAN do WHATEVER you want to do. AND wonderful healthy lifestyle habits. Priceless indeed.

HUGS Barb. AWWW to the abandoned dog. Makes me sad. Don't know how someone can do that to an animal.

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_LINDA 11/23/2012 7:22AM

    You look absolutely AMAZING!!! Love these photos :) This was a great birthday present to yourself and healthy all the way!!
It will sure be interesting to see what you can come up with that can possibly top this in your fitness goals. The fact you are restless already. The little energizer bunny that just keeps on going and going :)

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DEBRA0818 11/23/2012 6:18AM

    Once again, Happy Birthday Barb, and welcome home and Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for visiting and Woo-eee enjoy your R&R! What a trip you had!

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REJ7777 11/23/2012 6:14AM

    I have to say, Barb, you look GREAT!!! emoticon
Happy Birthday!
Love your pics!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/23/2012 1:05AM

    Wonderful photos to cap off a super experience. So glad you did this!

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LJCANNON 11/23/2012 12:32AM

    emoticon What a WONDERFUL Gift you gave yourself!! I know I have enjoyed reading about it, and now seeing the Pictures makes it even more Special.
I can't believe I almost let your Birthday slide by without saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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RONNIEHUEY 11/23/2012 12:20AM

    love the pictures

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DLDMIL 11/22/2012 11:30PM

    emoticon and glad that you are home safe.

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MIRAGE727 11/22/2012 10:28PM

    What a fun blog. Feel free to move down to The Sunshine State full time! You know we have races all year long! Once again, it was wonderful to meet you, Barb! And we will consider the Lincoln Half in May!

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PATRICIAAK 11/22/2012 8:58PM

    Belated Happy Birthday

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DEBRITA01 11/22/2012 8:26PM

    Looking good at 60, Barb...Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 11/22/2012 8:17PM

    I hope I look like you at 60!!

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HEALTHY4ME 11/22/2012 8:07PM

    Happy Thanksgiving and you look fantastic. I hope that I can say the same, I have 4 years to get to 60 and way I am going I will need all four years to get a lot of work done..... I need to lose 50 lbs and get more flexible, limber, and stronger. MUST get the weights planned out and keep up with my walking. Maybe new knees in the picture but not sure I want them.... eeek.

CONGRATS!!! and glad you had a great time.

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/22/2012 8:06PM

    You look great. The water behind you is beautiful, too! I hope you had a safe drive home. Be well!

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MAGGIE101857 11/22/2012 8:05PM

    Welcome home! It sounds like you had a great time and a SUPER birthday!!! Looking good, my friend!!!

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