Retirement – Another Great Adventure

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I (Joyce) first retired in 2006 when Tom and I sold our company. That lasted a mere 4 months until I became a COO-for-hire and—to my amazement—found numerous firms that wanted to pay me to do this job. Although I worked for multiple companies between then and now, I ended up spending the majority of [Read more …]

24 Hours from Aspen to Vail: A One-Day Hiking and Dining Odyssey

You can drive between Aspen and Vail in two hours. But why would you want to? If you have time, you can take a more leisurely route. In fact, you have a choice of two such routes: The “express route”, northwest along Route 82 to the spa city of Glenwood Springs, and then east on [Read more …]

Reacquainting Ourselves with Aspen

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We recently had an opportunity to get back to Aspen, Colorado. After a quick walk through the town to reacquaint ourselves with the town and its many galleries, we stopped to see the wonderfully renovated Hotel Jerome and the greatly expanded Aspen Art Museum. The renovation of the Jerome lived up to its billing and [Read more …]

Vail Hiking and Dining

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We recently enjoyed a fall week in Vail Colorado at a time share. The first two weekends of September in Vail are occupied by Octoberfest (yes, in September) celebrations, a large, open-air Farmers’ and Art Market and a small but nice display of classic cars. Although we planned to go to a restaurant for lunch, [Read more …]

Interesting Stops Between Portland and Camden Maine

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We left Portland early and made a short, mandatory, but generally perfunctory stop at LL Bean and a couple other Freeport outlet stores. Then on to a couple more interesting stops.   Bailey Island We had planned a walk along one of the most scenic areas of the lower Maine coast (Pemaquid Point) and either [Read more …]

Sedona Hikes and Red Rock Views

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes, spires and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Activities: Circa 2013

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The Monterey Peninsula, and south through Big Sur, is one of our favorite three/four-day trips. It has some of everything: incredible scenery, hiking, wineries, beautiful homes, the iconic 17 Mile Drive, very good restaurants, luxurious accommodations, kayaking, horseback riding, and as much world-class golf as anyone could wish. And don’t forget what may well be [Read more …]