A Long-Overdue Update for All of our Friends!!

Hi, Everyone!

As you’ve picked up from the slew of “space-saver” posts I just published, we’ve been very busy for the past 8 months!  I’ll go back and fill in all of the details with photos and fun stories in the next week or so, but for now, I’d like to give you all a brief update about where we are, how we got here and where we’re going next.

Back in August, 2015 Linda and I sold our home in North Carolina, packed up whatever possessions we had remaining, moved them into a storage facility and set off on the next phase of our Grand Adventure!

What I wanted to address right away is our seemingly huge change in plans from our original idea of traveling all around the world for the next 10+ years, living in many places for 3 or more months at a stretch.

As many of you know, our first stop on our Grand Adventure was Boquete, Panama – and we loved the place so much, we were 99% ready to establish a permanent home there!  But things on the real estate side (we were VERY interested in buying a hotel … but that’s a story for another post) didn’t fall into place as we hoped, so we returned to Charlotte fully intending to find a perfect home on our next trip to Panama.

Once we were back in the US, our plans for Boquete changed for two simple, but very important reasons:

First, Volcan Baru.  When we did our initial research and discovered the Paradise that Boquete truly is, the volcano that towers over the town was categorized as extinct.  Several months ago, the region was hit by a rather minor earthquake — which is not all that unusual, save for the fact that this time the epicenter was located under Volcan Baru!  Less than 72 hours later, the US Geological Survey changed the volcano’s status from extinct to active!!  Call us crazy if you must, but we just don’t want to own property on the slope of an active volcano!  Indeed, Baru’s eruption could be generations away — and it certainly isn’t showing any signs whatsoever of anything imminent happening — but it is a long-term concern, nevertheless.

Second, while Boquete is a VERY popular place for people to retire, we did learn that a great many of the expats continue to maintain a home in the US (or wherever their home country may be) and statistically, are very likely to return to that home as they get older and find themselves needing specialized medical care or assisted living. So it’s probably NOT the last place very many of the adventurous folks we met will live.

Put those two things together and we decided to first find a new permanent home in the USA and then, once we’re settled in, get back to traveling the world, safe in the knowledge that anytime we want, we’ve got a place waiting for us back in the relative comfort and convenience of the States.

Without a doubt, Boquete is TOP on our list of places we love — and we can easily see ourselves spending 3+ months there every year — but we’ll just rent a nice little casita instead of owning our own home!  We have enjoyed traveling all across the southwestern US these past several months and can also see ourselves returning to Silver City, New Mexico for an extended stay.  Certainly, France is in our blood (my genes, actually) so we definitely want to live in Paris in the springtime and the south of France some winter — and we have a list of almost 20 other places all around the globe we’d love to experience.

For the rest of this spring and summer, though, we’ve got remodeling to finish and a household to get set up in Arizona — but come this fall, we’ll be ready for the next phase of our Grand Adventure!

This September is our 25th Anniversary … and Linda is eager to return to Boquete, climb to the top of Volcan Baru (in a jeep, thank you very much!) and watch the sun rise over the Atlantic and set over the Pacific!  VERY romantic, I’m sure — but what do you do during the 12 hours in-between??  I’m sure our wonderful friends in Boquete can help us with those plans!

-T-

Massive Renovations!!

This is a space-holder for a posting about our home renovations — February through April, 2016.

We’ve been on an amazing adventure … but I haven’t had (or taken) the time to post the details. Now that things are settling down, I’ll get back to writing!

We bought a house!!

This is a space-holder for a posting about purchasing our new home in Sun City West, Arizona — January, 2016.

We’ve been on an amazing adventure … but I haven’t had (or taken) the time to post the details. Now that things are settling down, I’ll get back to writing!

California

This is a space-holder for a posting about our month in Palm Springs, California  in December 2015.

We’ve been on an amazing adventure … but I haven’t had (or taken) the time to post the details. Now that things are settling down, I’ll get back to writing!

New Mexico

This is a space-holder for a posting about our month in Silver City, New Mexico — October, 2015.

We’ve been on an amazing adventure … but I haven’t had (or taken) the time to post the details. Now that things are settling down, I’ll get back to writing!

Texas

This is a space-holder for a posting about our month in Austin, Texas — September, 2015.

We’ve been on an amazing adventure … but I haven’t had (or taken) the time to post the details. Now that things are settling down, I’ll get back to writing!

 

 

The Adventure Begins!

Hi, Everyone!

WOW!! What a crazy time we’ve had over the past few months!

Our original plan was to return to Boquete, Panama on September 1 — but as often happens in life, we needed to make a few alterations.

The biggest disruption was my health.  Late in July, I was sitting in the Manor Theatre in Charlotte about to watch Mr. Holmes when I started feeling VERY strange … sweaty palms, racing heartbeat and great anxiety … which, of course, made me think I was having a heart attack.  The feeling passed within about an hour, but I knew something was wrong.  A few days later, I was supposed to fly to Dayton for a speaking engagement, but I felt absolutely awful — so bad, in fact, that I did something I have never done in the 30+ years I’ve been in business … I cancelled the engagement!  An hour later, I was at the doctor … and a week of tests began.  To make a very long story short, I have been diagnosed with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation, which is a rather common arrhythmia.  The mystery now is what triggered it.  It could be something as simple as stress or dehydration … or could be caused by excessive exercise or sleep apnea.  Bottom line, my doctor won’t let me travel internationally until I complete a series of cardiac stress tests and an overnight sleep study. So we have to reschedule our trip to Panama.

As scary at the whole event has been, I seem OK at the moment — but we do need to identify my trigger so we can treat things accordingly.  That means more tests!

While all of that was going on, we were still frantically trying to get everything ready for the Big Move to happen, selling as much of our stuff as we could and deciding what we would put into storage (full details on all of that in a future post).  We closed on the sale of our home on August 13 and moved into a hotel.  Overall, a TOTALLY exhausting chapter in our lives.

My doctor may not have cleared me for flying internationally, but she said it was OK for us to drive around, so that’s what we’re doing. Our plan for the rest of this year is to stay in the USA, close to major cities with major medical centers where I can have all of my tests completed and the results sent to my doctor for evaluation. The month of September, we will be visiting Austin, TX.  We’ll give you an update once we get settled in.

-T-