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A Great Vacation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I just got home from a great 2 week road trip vacation. I traveled almost 4,000 miles and visited friends in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was the perfect vacation to take my mind off the recent passing of my wife. I thought I would share a few pictures from the trip.

I first stopped in North Carolina to visit friends from my Air Force days in Texas. I had a great time visiting and seeing the local sights. The beach was also really nice there.



From there I went to Richmond to visit some very good friends of my wife and I. This visit coincided with what would have been our 15th wedding Anniversary. Although a sad day, my friends were great at lifting my spirits. We relived some great times we had with my wife.

Then I went further north in Virginia to visit a friend whom I worked with at Brooks AFB (also in San Antonio) for 15 years. She and her husband moved to Virginia after the base closed in 2011. We visited numerous local wineries and breweries one day and then watched my friend complete a half-marathon the next day. Here she is at the finish - I wish I could be in that kind of shape!



The next day my friend and I walked nearly 6 miles at Sky Meadows state park. Part of the hike was along the Appalachian Trail - here we had a great visit with a hiker who had been on the trail since March 2nd! Here is a picture of me along the trail.



The next day I did some hiking on my own while my friends worked. Here is a view along Skyline Drive on my way to the first hike.



On the first hike to "Mary's Rock," most of the hike was on the Appalachian Trail. I met many more people who had been hiking since early March, and they all had interesting stories. This particular hike was very demanding, with 2 miles of steep incline. The walking was also over rocky ground. You even had to duck under one fallen tree.



When I finally got to Mary's Rock, I was able to climb up top and get a full 360 degree view of scenery in Virginia and West Virginia. It was breathtaking. Here are a couple of pictures from Mary's Rock.





I did one more hike that day, for a total of 6.1 miles. It felt good hiking in the mountains!

From there, I went to Pennsylvania and had a great homemade lunch at the home of one our Teddy Bear members on the 5% Challenge. SVELTWARRIOR and I had a great visit, although it was way too short. I'll have to plan better on the next trip - I also need to take a picture!

From there, I went to Canton, Ohio to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was interesting seeing all of the exhibits of the NFL players I grew up watching.



From there, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. I spent 5 1/2 hours there, and could have easily spent another 2 hours looking around. They had some incredible footage of our musical heritage.



From there, I went to Indianapolis to get some craft beers that we can't get here in Texas. After that, I made the long trip home. It was a great trip that was made extra special by those I visited along the way.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/30/2014 12:21AM

    Such a great and beautiful trip. So enjoyed your sharing with us both in word and photo.

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IMEMINE1 6/10/2014 9:50AM

    That sounds so awesome. I love to see different places and things. We usually just do day trips.
Sounds like you had a great time.

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TWEETYKC00 6/5/2014 6:57AM

    I'm so glad you could get away and have a good trip with your friends.

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MAVERICKDR 6/5/2014 6:53AM

    You had a great trip. But you're never very far from those memories. It's a shared experience of an interstellar kind now. Be blessed!
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DNRAE1 5/31/2014 9:42AM

    Wow! Your pictures show what a wonderful time you had. Lots of good friends, exercise and great place to visit and explore! So glad you had such a wonderful time!
I'm going on a cross country road trip in a couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to seeing friends and family and great sights along the way!

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DAWN14163 5/29/2014 7:55AM

    That sounds like a great trip, what a lot to pack in! Lovely photos too, interesting to see what the different parts of the US look like. You're doing great - keep enjoying life!

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BARBIE176 5/28/2014 11:36PM

    Sounds like an awesome trip, Bill. I m glad you had the chance to take it and that you felt refreshed from it. My Bill took a trip like that with a friend of his when he was going through a difficult time before I knew him, and he came back with the same feeling so I can only pray my trip has the same effect for me. Thank you for sharing.

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NHES220 5/28/2014 5:57PM

    Sounds like a fantastic trip - you sure packed a lot in! Glad you got to pick up some of your craft beer on the road to take home! My neighbor is a big craft beer guy and he goes to Three Floyds in Indiana. We're planning a trip to Greenbush in July and in Naperville, not far from where I live, they have an Ale Fest in the summer.

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QUEENIEBELLE 5/28/2014 10:26AM

    Wow you packed a lot into two weeks! Way to go. Really enjoyed the pictures- thanks so much for sharing. My son in Asheville, NC lives literally across the street from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail is somewhere nearby. We haven't been on it when back there visiting but will fit that in somewhere along the line. So glad you were able to spend what would have been your 15th Anniversary with good friends of both you and your wife. Wonderful to be able to reminisce together. We just had our 15th last month and I can't even imagine how you would have felt alone on that day; really happy you shared that particular day with them. So proud of you for doing all of those hikes. I had better get moving and get in better shape or get left eating you and Jim's dust LOL. I don't do the hilly hikes due to mild COPD but there's a lake we do you'd like. Try to stay cool in the heat of the summer and talk soon-HUGS. Sandi.

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PCOH051610 5/28/2014 10:14AM

    Thanks Bill for taking us along on your wonderful trip. That trail sounds demanding, yet, rewarding.

I'd love to eventually have a face to face meet up with anybody from my Spark circle......so it was great you got to meet up with SVELTEWARRIOR

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/27/2014 11:18PM

    I love the pictures!!! You sure did do a lot of traveling. I totally enjoyed having lunch with you and would love to do it again......... I have to think about the picture though...LOL

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IMIN2GENES 5/27/2014 8:42PM

    What fun! Thanks for sharing your awesome pics! I wish I would have known you were coming so close... I'm in northern MD. Maybe next time...

Glad you had such a wonderful time on your travels!
Chris

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KALISWALKER 5/27/2014 8:26PM

    Bill I really enjoyed seeing your pictures. I smile whenever I think of you meeting Mo in person. Wow what fun to meet a Spark buddy!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 5/27/2014 7:55PM

    Oh, I wish I would have known you were going to be in Indy! Your trip sounds like so much fun!!! Glad to hear you had a great time!

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PICKIE98 5/27/2014 3:39PM

    Wow. What a fantastic trip!! Just think of all that southern fresh air you breathed in,, take some back to Texas!

Beautiful pictures, as usual. Nothing beats visiting vacations so you can mingle with locals and others who are vacationing!
Beautiful weather too, I assume.. I know your friends were thrilled to have you with them!!

Thank you for sharing our trip with us!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 5/27/2014 12:38PM

    Awesome trip and great pictures! Lots of different and fun activities. You may need a rest after that vacation. It's good that you are keeping busy and having fun even if there is some sadness in it all, still. I always keep in mind that the loved one who has passed wants you to be happy and have a full life. It's hard to recover after the loss of a spouse and it seems like you are doing very well. Stay strong and keep up the positive attitude.

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GRACEOMALLEY 5/27/2014 12:12PM

    Whoa! You obviously had a good time and got to so many interesting and diverse places. How cool that you got to walk on a bit of the Appalachian Trail! The beach looks gorgeous - you sure packed a lot in! You may need a vacation to recover from the vacation!

Glad you had fun and got home safe and sound after all your adventures!
Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us in words and pictures.

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LASARRE 5/27/2014 11:41AM

    Sounds like an awesome trip. Great pix!

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JUSTME29 5/27/2014 10:10AM

    It sounds like it was a great trip! I've always wanted to hike even a tiny part of the Appalachian Trail. I don't see it in the cards for me, but I'm glad that you had the chance.



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SLIMMERJESSE 5/27/2014 9:51AM

    What a fun trip! Thanks for sharing the great pics.

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